Picture 2 - A 17" x 9" display face creates an excellent platform to show off any size book. Picture 3 - With hinged sides up, the display face is positioned well to display or read while sitting. Notice the doweled construction on the base. Picture 4 - With the hinged sides down and the hinged middle board up, the book stand is in an ideal position to display or read while either standing or sitting. Picture 5 - With hinged sides down and hinged middle board folded under, the book stand creates a near flat surface to view or read while standing over the display face. The piano hinges on all the moving boards keeps the display sturdy and the boards from re-positioning. The wood is pine and comes with no varnish or stain for that natural look but can be stained or painted any color for an additional $10.00.