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Although my kindle is actually a lot hardier than I thought it would be considering that it is majority plastic and very thin and light I still think it is wise to protect it with a cover.
I bought my cover from Amazon itself instead of a third party seller because although there were hundreds of cheap covers available I wanted to ensure that my cover would fit my kindle perfectly.
It isn’t the cheapest cover available by a long shot as it costs £34.99 but I bought it when Amazon were having a sale on so I got it for a lot less at £24.99. That is still quite a lot of money but it is very good quality and really well made so it is worth paying the extra for.
It is made from leather on the outside and on the inside it has a microfibre material to protect the Kindle and ensure that it doesn’t scratch. It fits my Kindle absolutely perfectly and you can tell it has been especially designed for it and not just a generic size.
I bought it without realising that it was a smart cover and opening and closing the cover with put your kindle to sleep and wake it up again so that you don’t have to fiddle with buttons turning it on and off every time. I really like this as it means that my Kindle is ready to read whenever I want it to be and there is no waiting around.
It gives really good protection but it doesn’t add too much bulk so the Kindle is still light and thin. It also folds back on itself so it isn’t in the way and you can hold the Kindle with one hand.
I really like this cover and think it looks very luxurious but it has one major flaw which is very annoying and irritating. There is no clasp to hold the cover together so if I put it in my bag where it is likely to move about the cover is forever opening and closing and I am worried that something might slip in when it opens and scratches my Kindle. I just think this was a silly oversight by Amazon and something they should have thought about when designing the cover.
This is our long-standing Kindle cover and three months ago I finally caved in and took it off. The product comes with a reading light, which was initially useful, but broke within a couple of months of getting the Kindle with its case. I suppose I'm in fact reviewing the case, as we found that after a period of disuse, the light just didn't turn on!
We have the first generation Kindle which has no in-built light, so a reading light seemed like a good idea, but frankly since the light broke - a couple of years ago - I have never felt that I needed it. As a result, I never bothered to replace the case, and so it's become a clunky inconvenience. The case is basically very thick and very tough, but this also prevents the Kindle from slotting easily into a small bag when you're travelling. It's also relatively heavy. If you're the sort of person who's likely to drop a device like the Kindle, this case is probably going to suit you, as it offers half a cm of solid protection on either side. It's not pretty, but it's functional.
However, if you carry the Kindle as you would carry a book, on your person at all times so that you can bring it out to read if there's an unexpected moment of peace, this case is an obstruction rather than a benefit. And that led me to making the decision to take it off, eventually, and take my chances with the Kindle itself - fingers crossed, but so far it's emerged unscathed!
My Husband got the Kindle and this cover for his birthday about 18 months ago but I have ended up using it more than he has! When we first ordered the cover I thought it would be a waste of money but I was wrong. The main benefit is the reading light. I often read in bed and it means I can read while my baby Daughter (who has been co-sleeping since she was born!) can sleep undisturbed. The little light just pulls out when you want it and then pushes back down when you have finished. The cover is also well made and sturdy. Our Daughter managed to get hold of our one a few weeks back and broke it so we have just had to replace it but luckily the price has come down a bit now. I think it is a little over priced for what it is but as I find the kindle text sometimes hard to read even in a relatively well-lit room I just couldn't go without it.
When I purchased my Kindle I knew that 1. I needed something to protect from my clumslyness and 2. I would probably ended up reading it in bed a lot so I needed a light. This product solved my problems.
I purchased the leather case with intergrated light in the red colour (as pictured). In order to accuratly review this product i will do it in two stages 1. as a cover 2. as a light.
1- The cover is hard, durable and effective. The cover is a lot more solid than I expected and protects my kindle for getting sratched while floating about in my bag. Only downside is that it is quite heavy. It weighs more that the kindle however you need to remember you are getting an intergrated light too.
2- the light. The light takes its power from the kindle battery. At first I thought this would rinse my battery however I haven't noticed it sucking up the power too much. I have one issue, if the kindle slips off the connecters slighty the light does turn off. This happens occcasionally and is not a massive problem however is a little annoying.
Overall it s a good product. I must say completely worth the cost as it is a little pricey.
My husband has recently arrived in the twenty first century as far as his reading habits are concerned and has bought a kindle (which I am enjoying reading with too!) We did feel that it would be important to do our best to protect the screen though which is why we bought a Kindle leather cover at the same time. As the kindle had cost quite a large sum, we did not want to risk scratches or other damage as it was carried about and placed in bags, etc.
We had a look on Amazon and liked the leather ones best. They come in a range of seven different colours - black, burgundy red, hot pink, chocolate brown, steel blue, apple green and burnt orange. As you can see these are not just run of the mill ordinary colours and all make the cover look that little bit special. The outside of the cover is made from contoured, pebble-grain leather whereas inside the kindle is protected by a soft, charcoal-gray, microfibre interior. We opted for the burgundy red cover which when it arrived looked really smart and plush and the red is a lovely deep rich colour. The inside cover also feels incredibly soft and is just the right surface to protect the screen.
I was really impressed with how well packaged the cover was as it came in a very sturdy cardboard box so there was very little possibility of it being damaged in transit. It is exactly the right size for the six inch display kindle. There are very easy to follow instructions for attaching the cover to the kindle and this proved very straightforward. Once attached it feels very secure and you are not worried that the two will come adrift.
The cover folds over the kindle and when you are not reading you can keep it firmly closed by looping over the elastic cord tie. When you are reading you can either have the cover half open so you are holding it how you would read a book normally or you can fold the cover back on itself (and use the cord to secure it) so that you can read with one hand. I like this versatility and it is sometimes useful to have the option depending where you are reading.
On the Amazon website the cover is described as lightweight. Well it certainly is not heavy but when combined with the kindle I would say that the weight is a fair bit more than your average paperback book which might be a problem for some people particularly if suffering from athritis. For most people though the little extra weight probably won't be too much of a problem.
The leather cover does not come cheaply though. At the moment (June 2011), it is being sold on Amazon for £30 which when added to the cost of the Kindle is quite a significant amount. However, if you want your kindle to last and to ensure that the screen is as readable as it can be, it is definitely worth buying. It is stylish, sturdy and does the job that it sets out to do! I definitely recommend it.
When I bought my Kindle 3 a while ago, with it I bought a Kindle Leather Cover with it so that I could store it in it as a form of protection. It cost me £53.00 which was, I thought, ridiculously expensive - but because it was recommended to me by the assistant in PC World, I decided to opt for it as it was there and available. It is also the version that is specifically manufactured by Amazon for the Kindle, rather than one that has been adapted by another manufacturer and I do generally like the original version of things.
I got the black version of this cover - because I thought it was the one that looked the most stylish, but I could have chosen from red, burnt orange and blue. In fairness, the red version was also pretty nice and stylish, but I didn't like the other colours very much at all - and I didn't feel they would wear well. The cover is made out of good quality leather and so it copes well with being handled a lot - and can be wiped over occasionally when required. Because its leather, it also wears well in as much as leather just gets softer and more distinguished the more it is used and the older it gets - and so this was another deciding factor when opting for this version. The leather feels soft and smooth and, as I said, really good quality. It also has that unique leather smell to it which reminds you of old books - which is nice for a little authenticity when reading Pride and Prejudice!
The cover is in the style of a book - and from the outside it kind of looks like one of those expensive diaries. When you open it up, there are two metal prongs which the Kindle slides onto - and this not only ensures that the Kindle is securely attached, but also it allows the light on the cover to be powered off of the Kindle. I do sometimes find it a little stiff when I slide my Kindle off and onto these prongs, but it does come away with a bit of force.
There is a light that is in the top right hand corner that you need to pull out in order to activate. When it is not activated, it sits inside the body of the cover - and so it slides away out of harms way. When you want to use it, you simply pull out the corner slab and the light comes out with it. The light cannot be adjusted in its direction or brightness, but I do find that the direction of the light is perfect onto the screen, and the intensity of the light is more than adequate for my needs. This allows me to read my Kindle in dim light - which is great because the Kindle does not have a backlight screen option.
Using this cover means that the screen of the Kindle is well protected when its not in use - and so I can carry it around in my bag without fear that the screen is going to get scratched. The two outside covers (the front and back) are kept closed together by an elastic band.
Overall, I think this cover is expensive, but that it is very good quality and so worth the money. In particular I like the light option because this completes the convenience of the Kindle for me.
I got my Kindle at christmas as a christmas present and to be honest never really liked it but have started to warm to it! I recently discovered that Kindle covers are available on Amazon, and had a look out of intrest.
I'm the kind of person who likes to look smart and presentable so immediatly was drawn to the gorgeous burgundy red leather kindle cover, and although put off initially by the price, decided to get one to protect my kindle aswell as making it look great.
This cover, for those who don't know, has a sort of reading light built discreetly into it in the top right page, which you're able to easily pull out when reading in dark places, and it illuminates the page. This is what makes the case so expensive, so if you're looking for a simple protective case, it's worth shopping around and they're usually available for under £10/£20!
The leather cover is available in a range of colours;
Pink (A dark shade, not baby pink, more of a hot pink)
Light Brown (Really nice, almost orangey)
Dark Brown (Typical dark chocolate coloured leather)
Mine's the red, and looks extremely classy and in my opinion would be classed a unisex accessory (ideal for both a man or women).
The cover holds the kindle sturdily as it has a clever locking mechanism and as it's an official kindle cover the kindle fits in snuggly. The leather looks amazing and you can tell it's expensive, real leather. It has the strong leather feel but is also nice and soft when you're holding it! It also has the leathery smell about it which isn't as unpleasent as it sounds and it makes it that bit more posh! At 6 inches big it's not too big but not so small it's unnoticeable. I've seen a few people eyeing mine up!
The cover does need looking after; i wouldn't dream of putting it anywhere dirty/dusty/where it'd get dirty or stained but it's easily wipeable, i use leather sofa wipes to clean it and they work great. The cover gives the kindle a nice effect and it does look excactly like a hardback leather book when it's in its case!
It's nice and thick but it doesn't add weight to the kindle and the kindle's still nice and versitile.
The cover is £50.99 from Amazon, with free delivery, if you're going to take care of it and want one for your kindle to keep it safe, i'd reccomend it. It's classy, great quality and adds character to your kindle!
I brought this cover as I always worried about scratching the screen on my kindle and got this one because it also looked great. When the cover came I was very impressed at first the leather is a very good quality and feels good the touch and gives the kindle to feel more like a leather back book, which is great as one thing I missed about the kindle was the feel of an actual book. The front cover can be flipped right back over the back of the kindle, you couldn't really hold it as a book, by having the front cover like a left page as the leather isn't as solid enough and flops too much.
The cover is held in place by a bit of elastic fabric, not the sturdiest of fasteners but it does the job, however for an expensive cover is does feel a bit cheap.
The cover also has a light on the back which can slide out so making it easier for reading in the dark. The light comes out of the top right corner and so doesn't light up the screen evenly as it is brighter in the cover and less bright near the bottom, but thats a minor gripe and it is really useful for night time reading.
The kindles fits in the cover perfectly and has a locking mechanism by which two hinges on the hinge of the cover slide into the kindle holding it in place very well and it feels very sturdy
Overall this is a great cover for the kindle the leather looks and feels great and is the best looking cover I've ever scene. Being an official kindle cover it fits the shape of the kindle perfectly and locks into place well, and the light is a good addition and does its job well. At around £50 it quite expensive but if you want the best and prepared to pay the extra cash for it then I would recommend this.
Having dropped a number of not-so-subtle hints to my wife in the run-up to Christmas, it was almost inevitable that I would get a much desired 3G capable Amazon Kindle as a present. The additional gift of an official black leather Amazon cover from my in-laws was a very nice surprise. I could think of no better way to dress up this impressive e-Reader, but would have been very reluctant to spend the eye-watering £29.99 asking price myself. Amazon also do a cover with an integrated light (£50.99). This is a review of the non-lighted version (DooYoo lump both in the same category).
LOOK & FEEL
The cover comes in a well protected cardboard box with a set of pictorial fitting instructions. The first thing that hits you is the distinctive, earthy new leather smell. There is nothing quite like it, and even after almost three months of ownership, it still has it. The cover is tightly stitched, and the dimpled "pebble-grained" black leather provides a firm and tactile grip. The outside back cover features an elasticated black band with a small leather tab (discreetly embossed with "Amazon Kindle" on both sides). The band fits into a groove on the front cover, providing a secure, but easy to use closing mechanism. To open, you simply lift the tab to pull the elastic out of the groove. The cover can be bought in seven different colours - black, chocolate brown, burnt orange, burgundy red, steel blue, apple green and hot pink.
The inside of the cover is lined with dark charcoal-grey microfibre, which more than adequately protects the Kindle screen and case from scratches and scuffs. Just off the spine of the cover, on the back panel, are a pair of black metal clips which are used to secure the Kindle into place. The bottom clip is fixed, but the top one is spring-loaded. You simply fit the bottom clip into the slot provided on the Kindle, push the top spring-loaded clip down until it engages in the top slot, and then let go. The mechanism is very simple, but the amount of tension in the clip is well thought out and keeps the Kindle secured in place.
The cover is only about a centimetre wider than the Kindle itself, but it doubles the overall thickness of the device. However the trade-off seems well worth it, especially given that it is still quite lightweight with the cover on. The only minor complaint, from a functional point of view, is that the leather spine is a little too stiff to allow the cover to be folded back comfortably on itself. This is not unlike how you would read a hard-cover book, so it's not really a big problem. However, it is marketed as being capable of being folded like that, so I would have expected a bit more "give". Otherwise, on external appearances alone, the product exudes quality and appears to be a more than worthy companion to the Kindle. The only real issue appears to be whether it represents value for money at the RRP.
BOOTS & RE-BOOTS
For the first few weeks, I used the Kindle without a problem. However, out of the blue, it started doing strange things. It would lose the page I was on, inexplicably freeze, randomly reboot, rapidly drain power, or fail to turn on, requiring a hard re-boot to get going again. Naturally, I was disappointed, so I followed up with Amazon, who suggested a software upgrade to the latest version. This seemed to make the Kindle more stable, but again, after a few days, the old problems came back. I assumed the problem was a faulty Kindle, and decided on a little web research before taking the draconian step of returning it for a replacement.
To my surprise, after a little digging, I found many people were having the same issue - and the one thing they had in common was a non-lighted official Amazon Kindle cover. A rumour was circulating that the metal clips used to secure the Kindle to the cover were causing some kind of static interference, causing the Kindle to exhibit the symptoms described. It seemed counter-intuitive and faintly ridiculous, but the obvious thing to do was to take off the cover and see if the problems still persisted. I was surprised when they didn't. The Kindle operated hitch-free for over two weeks, yet, as soon as I put the cover back on, the issues returned within hours.
At this point, articles started appearing in the US technical press about the issue, along with the welcome news that Amazon.com - in the USA at least - were offering instant refunds to affected customers. Not only that, but they were issuing promotional vouchers so you could upgrade to the official lighted version for free, which apparently does not suffer from the same problem. As such, I contacted Kindle support, explained the issue, and was delighted when their customer representative confirmed that Amazon were operating the same policy in the UK. I was told to dispose of my original cover, a voucher was added to my account, an e-mail link was sent for the replacement product, and I ordered it. The whole process, from initial call to confirmation of order took less than five minutes. The lighted cover arrived the next day, and I've been using it without any hint of a problem for almost three weeks now.
Unsurprisingly, the non-lighted version of the official Amazon Kindle is no longer being sold via the web-site. It doesn't seem like they've hit the second-hand market yet - probably down to Amazon's very generous replacement policy. That said, I am disappointed that Amazon have - as yet - not publicly admitted there is a problem, so have not advertised it, or issued a recall, preferring to deal with it on a complaint by complaint basis.
Rating this product is difficult. From a quality and build point of view, it's exceptional, but given its fundamental purpose is to cover a Kindle (it can't be used with anything else) the problem with the clips makes it a practically useless, but rather nice smelling and swanky looking bit of leather. It is very unlikely that Amazon will sell this version again until this curious issue is sorted out, but when it does re-appear, you should - hopefully - be able to buy with confidence. At £29.99 you'd certainly hope they'd get it right second time, because this otherwise high quality product is a perfect, bespoke companion to the Kindle, and deserves to do well. In the meantime, if you still have one, get on to Amazon for a replacement.
Not recommended - at least until clip issue is fixed - after which, recommended highly.
© Hishyeness 2011
I purchased a Kindle e-reader from Amazon in October 2010. I thought it the greatest thing, but it didn't come with a cover - not even a small cloth bag. There is a range on the Amazon website (the Kindle is exclusive to Amazon - although they now sell them in PC World - so you won't easily find the product or accessories for it anywhere else) from pouches to leather covers, and they can be quite pricey. I have dropped my Kindle (on carpet) and it was fine, I have also spilt wasabi sauce on it and it has been fine. Nonetheless I was still worried that the screen could get scratched or damaged whilst lurking in the bottom of my handbag. Thus I dithered for a bit before asking for one of the leather covers for Christmas. Amazon offers two leather covers which are exclusive to them: a plain one for £29.99 and one with an integral reading light for a rather pricey £49.99. I don't tend to read anywhere that doesn't have good light, so I couldn't really justify the extra expense, plus I thought it could be heavier which, for me, dis-counts one of the key advantages of the Kindle itself - its lightness and portability. Thus I requested the £29.99 version "in any colour" for Christmas.
The boxed weight of the cover is advertised as 381g: The cover (like the Kindle itself) comes in its own unique packaging - its sits in a cardboard tray, within a flat cardboard box, you tear a printed strip off on one side and it opens up revealing your gorgeous cover inside. The dimensions are exactly that of the Kindle - there is no overhang. Pictorial instructions (called a User Guide, which makes it sound more complicated than necessary in my opinion) are included and worth checking as you will fit your Kindle into the cover much quicker than if you just try and latch it on yourself because you are too impatient, like me! The instructions are also on the website but basically there are two slightly different shaped hooks in the inside spine of the cover which attach to the relevant slots on the Kindle.
The cover is leather and smells of it (but not over-powering), with a kind of pebbled effect, looking not dissimilar to a leather diary or notebook. As I have said, it is the same size as the Kindle with a depth of 1.5cm. Weight wise, with the Kindle fixed in, it weighs approx 385g (The Kindle alone weighs 241g. ), so it is not quite double the weight, but still probably no heavier than the average paperback book. It comes in seven colours: black, burgundy red, steel blue, hot pink (the one I received), chocolate, burnt orange and apple green.
The cover is kept closed with a thick elastic strap that matches your chosen cover colour and has a matching branded leather tab. The strap sits neatly in a groove on the front of the cover. When you want to open the cover, you can just slide the strap off (it will just sit at the back) and open the cover like a conventional book and start reading. One thing I liked about my Kindle when I first bought it is that I could hold it in (any) one hand or sit with it propped up on my knees, without having to hold it open (as with a conventional book) and I am pleased that I can still do this. The front cover will fold right back, behind the Kindle, and be held there by the aforementioned elastic strap. Although it is thicker than the Kindle on its own (which is only 8.5mm), it is still compact and light enough to hold it in one hand comfortably, with enough manoeuvrability to still press the page turn button with my thumb so I don't need to put my glass of wine/piece of chocolate down. Alternatively the cover now gives me the option to hold my Kindle like I would a book, and I do this sometimes.
All in all I think this is a well designed and thought out product, made with quality materials. My hot pink cover looks smart as it lays on the coffee table or nestled in the detritus of my handbag. If you are considering a purchase I recommend proceeding, as although it is pricey, you are getting what you pay for in my opinion.
The Amazon Kindle was the best selling product on Amazon last Christmas and is quickly becoming the leader in the e-reader field.
However, you do have to buy the cover for the Kindle separately, and yes, this is a necessary accessory purchase. The Kindle itself is quite lightweight and you are quite aware when just looking at it by itself that it could be quite fragile and by itself not sustain the kind of general 'trauma' that you would put a book through by itself - eg just shoving it in your handbag/suitcase etc.
So when I received my Kindle as a present from hubby on Christmas day, the cover was a purchase that I made from Amazon on the same day. I decided to purchase the standard basic Kindle cover that Amazon produce at £30.99. A lighted version is also available at £50.99 , this appears to have a light built into it that can be angled around the kindle so that it can be read in the dark. Now, because I do not anticipate doing that and certainly do not want to pay an additional £20 for the privilege I stuck with the standard one.
The cover itself is only slightly bigger than the Kindle itself. It has a really classy mottled leather effect on the outer. There is a ridge on the right hand side where you can pull over an elasticated 'band' type thing which will keep the cover closed. The inside of the cover has an almost felt-like texture to it . In the 'spine' of the cover there are two plastic hook type things. The function of these is that they are then slotted into two specially placed holes on the side of your Kindle. This keeps the Kindle actually in the cover.
To be honest with you I feel that I have to quantify any review I give with the fact that if you have a Kindle then this is really an essential purchase and there is very little getting away from that. Also, at the time that I bought this, there were very few real alternatives other than the more expensive lighted version and the fact that this one comes in a variety of different colours. I understand now that you can get 'hemp' versions and also ones made by Belkin, but these are sleeves rather than covers in that they are cases that you take the Kindle itself out of.
In an ideal world, I think I would have liked one that was a bit jazzier but I am still impressed with what actually arrived. It is simple, yes, but it does look really classy - once it is in the cover it looks like a smart diary. On showing it to people I have been surprised at their positive reaction as to how good it looks in the case.
The leather appears to be of good quality and the case itself is quite sturdily put together to the point where I am more than confident that it is highly suitable to protect the Kindle. That said I do think that it is quite an expensive accessory in that it costs nearly a third of the price of the Wireless Kindle .
No doubt if the Kindle gets even more popular, then more varieties will become available. However, this is really not a bad start - no it is not particularly 'jazzy' or 'fancy' option but it is certainly functional.
It sits nicely in your hands when it comes to reading from it and does not really add that much extra weight to that of the Kindle. Therefore actually reading with the cover on does simulate the conventional reading experience more than just holding the machine.
Whilst it certainly comes from the school of 'doing what it says on the tin', the price is still quite excessive I feel, especially as you do not have any real choice but to buy it if you really want to make use of the sheer portability of the Kindle. However, it is really quite necessary if you have any desire in taking your Kindle out-and-about. It is also well designed as to how the machine actually fits into the case - complementing the design and the suitability of the Kindle.
Cradling innocently without any knowledge of the outside world - The Kindle rests neatly, snug like, in the leather cover away from the natural elements and the potential of concrete gashes; Kindle lies their spread eagled waiting for play time. As an avid device fan, I wanted to protect my Kindle from all what life throws at her; predominantly from deep engrained scratches that'll make her ugly and would irritated my quest for smooth edges whilst in reading mode. I'm the same whatever the device. Comfort for the device and myself is paramount - so no expense was spared when I opted for this leather cover - I felt as if I was purchasing doll clothes for my nieces plethora of plastic people when I searched through on the Amazon site what my Kindle was to wear. I chose burgundy, it reminded me of those extinct Reader Digest book covers, they look robust enough to knock-out house intruders; or survive a house fire.
Smells as if you are in bed with you're shoes on
To add eloquent living quarters for my Kindle, she was to have an integrated night light; some might say it is a tad decadent even at 29.99 GBP although for an extra twenty pounds now making the cover 'the' most expensive book cover in history at a wallet gulping 49.99 GBP - I glanced at my Kindle and knew straightaway she was worth every penny; it would be worth the extra mileage. Instead of peering out into the approaching dusk wondering how long I had to go till darkness falls - I'll save myself that added hassle and have the option of night reading in a darkened room; either next to a roaring coal fire or in my memory foam bed. My latter years have swooned with glee towards such comforts. Now at least Kindle could treat me with some dead of night reading, and espouse my love for leather attire.
Amazon at least has thought through this add-on attire item based on the consumer's perspective, and boy, they've enough of experience of that. The ergonometric design embraces the actual book concept, a mere fond gesture for the traditional book lover who may've been saddened at the idea of losing the book entity, agile in the palms, filling the nostrils with the sweetened scent of newly plucked off the press print. I recommend a scratch and sniff patch in the next blue-print production line, so the sweet scent of ink is not forgotten. Instead the cover's scent is a pleasant leather waft, which when opened an expensive leather breeze minces past the nose and lingers. Sign of a quality leather purchase, one thinks. A slick elastic leather strip slides neatly around the leather cover, is soft on touch, this finishes off the pleasant exterior aesthetics of the leather cover; again, a notable plaudit for the traditional book. Ergonometric precision has played a part in the overall design of the Kindle 3 series leather cove. Please note it has been specifically designed for the third Generation of Kindle. The Kindle voyeuristically doesn't look overly bulked up with the leather cover on and remarkably it is sturdy considering how stream-lined the Kindle looks.
In leather, she lit-up
Embedded into the top right corner of the cover is where the pull-out light resides - the mini light device caters for portable palm read gadgets. LED - Light Emitting Diode has been in use for nearly fifty years, in recent years the light works via a sensory mechanism when activated. Battery life is extremely efficient thanks to LED based technologies. The pull-out light mechanism creates a downward light source from the top right, illuminating the whole page while reading in darkness. Working as if a mini floodlight, enabling sublime battery efficiencies - an impressive piece of LED technology - albeit flimsy, although it's not that you are going to be too energetic with the device whilst reading in a darkened room, smelling leather.©1st2thebar 2011
Where the spine would be on a book, this is where the two tags are to click into the side of the Kindle, lift the Kindle into her resting position - and lay her out all spread eagled, ready for interaction. When you close the cover, you are aware the Kindle maybe slightly animated, so this is where the band plays a crucial part in stabilizing the Kindle in the wallet. Place the band around the leather cover, for that extra security if in transit.
Next I'll be buying Royal Wedding matching dog jackets for the neighbour's yapping terriers, bleeding ankle biters
Since the purchase of the leather attire for my Kindle, I've noticed after uncoiling her from the leather cover, she looks noticeably naked. At that point I check the room temperature and fear my nearby coffee mug, full of coffee, I may add, might spontaneously combust, or its silky skin would become like a slippery soap, all of a sudden and jump into the air like Salmon swimming against the tide. I'm not normally so protective about devices; however, it is the first time I've witnessed a portable device looking so content and snug, living in a hard leather duvet. Of course, not wanting to damage the little mite I put her back into her leather cover duvet, smacked my lips and starting muttering to myself; is this what it means when men get broody? Next I'll be buying Royal Wedding matching dog jackets for the neighbour's yapping terriers, bleeding ankle biters. Then I tell myself, 'No, all I'm doing is protecting an innovative piece of technology, equipped with state of the art LED pull-out lighting.' I keep telling myself this is the case, to justify the price tag and to keep my sanity. And then, I glance at my Kindle, a cyclopean of endearment overwhelms me, I get a clean hanky and start wiping finger smudges off my Kindle screen, trying not to recycle it anywhere else. How I like to treat thee. Time for a lay down with my Kindle I think.
One year warranty comes with the purchase of the leather cover.
Thanks for reading.
The Kindle 3 is certainly a robust and well made piece iof kit however given that we had spent the best part of £150 on it in my opinion it made sense to invest a bit more money to ensure it had a little extra protection against scratches to the screen and accidental drops either when in use or when it is being transported. In addition because the Kindle is pretty lightweight adding a protective case would not increase the weight too much.
This is a stylish well made leather cover that is available in a range of colours including a very feminine pink colour however because our Kindle would be used by my other half a lot on the train and not just me I played it safe and got the chocolate brown colour which is probably the most traditional colour in the range. There are two options of case, the more expensive of the two has a built in light which shines on the screen if you are reading at night in bed and your other half is asleep however I did not go for this option, there are better things to do in bed at night rather than reading a book, sleeping is one thing that automatically springs to mind.
Made from leather which is reasonably supple which suggests it is good quality, there is a suede microfibre layer on the inside to help keep the Kindle clean from dust and also scratch free, it is easy to attach your Kindle to the case and it certainly is very secure as I gave it a vigorous workout of shaking and the like over my bed to see if it would stand up to a bit of movement and still stay secure. It does not increase the size of your Kindle by much, if anything it has the effect of making it look more book like and does not change the fact that you can still hold your Kindle easily as well.
The one downside is the fact that at £30 it is not cheap however it has proven effective at keeping our Kindle scratch free and also reduces the number of finger marks and dust that gets on the device. Whether or not you really need to buy the Amazon branded one is another matter as I'm sure there are cheaper options out there, for once I was a lazy shopper and just went with the bundled offer without really checking around, still I'm happy with my purchase which is a secure and well made cover and it looks good as well and has retained that nice style even after a fair bit of use.
A few months ago I finally decided to purchase the Amazon Kindle (after reading all the reviews for it and seeing it on the Amazon front page every time I logged on). And to accentuate it further and to protect it, I also decided to purchase the Kindle Leather cover.
After spending a small fortune on the Kindle, it kind of made sense to get a cover for it to protect it from scratches etc. Great idea in principle, and the leather cover comes in a variety of colours to suit every desire, so it seemed like a 'no brainer' to purchase it. But then I noted the price on Amazon - a small fortune for what it was at just under £30 (but it is delivered free!!). For a moment I did hesitate to hit the 'Buy' button, but then thought that it is designed specifically for the Kindle, looked great, and hence went for it.
So what do you actually get for over a quarter of the price of the Kindle itself? The cover itself is very well made, quite light weight with stiff panels back and front to protect the Kindle. I went for the Steel Blue option, where the other colours available are Hot Pink, Chocolate Brown, Burnt Orange, Black, Apple Green and Burgundy Red. The exterior leather is pebble grained and feels of good quality, and the interior is a dark grey microfiber material which feels quite plush and luxurious.
The good thing about this particular Kindle cover is that it is specifically designed for the Kindle, rather than being a generic type cover where you would normally have a couple of cheap elastic straps to hold the Kindle in place. With this cover, it has a patented hinge system which connects very neatly directly to the Kindle. So when you open the cover, the whole ensemble with the cover and the Kindle combined looks very stylish and professional.
The back and front panels are stiff, yet quite thin, so when it all closes up around the Kindle, it doesn't really add that much to the overall thickness of the Kindle itself, meaning that you can still easily slip it into a handbag or a coat pocket. Equally, the cover has been sized nicely to just fit around the edges of the Kindle, providing just enough protection to stop any bits or switches sticking out beyond the protection.
Another good design feature is that you can fold the cover right back with no ill effects so that you can hold it in one hand. Closing it up and the cover sits nicely in the closed position with no 'springiness' of the covers and the whole lot is held shut (for additional protection) by a colour coded elastic strip which fits vertically around the cover. A nice finish to this is a colour coded leather tab attached to the elastic which is used to pull the elastic away from the cover to allow it to open up.
In summary, whilst I did have some initial reservations about paying near on £30 for this cover, once you do get it in your hands, you can see and feel that it is money well spent on a quality item - albeit an expensive quality item. I've been using it regularly for a few months now, and it still looks like new - no bent down corners or frayed edges etc. So providing you can accept the price, this is a must have item if you own a Kindle. For me, whilst I accept the high quality, and would give it 5 stars for that, the high price just taints it a little bit.
So overall, a 4 star recommendation.
I recently cashed in some of my Dooyoo Amazon vouchers which I'd been saving, and put them towards a Kindle e-reader. I read a lot and so this was a great purchase for me, being able to store all my books electronically in future, on one digital device. Obviously this is one device that I want to keep in the best possible condition - after all Kindle's are an expensive piece of equipment!
I decided that if I was going to be spending £100+ and vouchers on a Kindle, I might as well spend a little extra and buy one of Amazon's specially designed Kindle cover / cases. Browsing through the range of Kindle accessories you can buy, I chose to buy one of the red leather covers. They come in a range of colours (black, blue, red, pink, green, orange and brown), but it was the red one that caught my eye, as it looked very clean, simple, but still eye catching and easy to find if I place my e-Reader down somewhere.
The case itself is a solid feeling, dimpled leather material and has an elastic strap running around the front which you use to fasten the case. The leather has a lovely scent to it and feels sturdy and elegant to to the touch. I really like the appearance of the case.
Inside the case there are two little plastic tags at the top and bottom of the case's spine, which slots into place on my Kindle and securely attach it to the case. It was very easy to secure my Kindle into the case and it feels very well connected to the cover. The cover can't accidentally fall off through normal use.
I paid £23 for my case, which isn't cheap but it does give me the security of knowing it's designed exactly to fit the dimensions of my Kindle. One good feature of this case is that it looks just like a normal leather bound book once you're using it, so I don't feel as conspicuous using this on public transport and having people potentially eye-up my Kindle and mug me on the train!
Overall, even for the highish price, I think this red leather cover is worth it and it's been successfully keeping my Kindle secure, dust free and safe from scratches for a few weeks now.