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Monday
Jan042010

An e-Book Cover Guide

Afte the holiday there is bound to be a number of new KindleSony Reader and Nook owners as the recent serge in e-book popularity continues. As users of these devices soon learn, what you choose to cover it with, is almost as important as the choice of device itself. Maybe it is the delicate screen, or the need to have a book like feel or just a desire to make it look fabulous. Whatever it is, there are a number of covers on the market and it can get a little confusing. I have owned two Kindles and have tried many different options, here is my rundown of those that stand out. 

Oberon Cover & Borsa Bella Case

 First, it is important to know the difference between a cover and a case, many confuse the two. A cover is fitted on your reader in some way and provides protection when closed and support as a reading platform when in use. Most fold back so you can comfortably read it with one hand. While a case can be a "sleeve" type container that can protect your reader without a cover or a larger version, designed to hold your reader in a cover for added protection. Anyone that has experienced the aftermath of a leaky water bottle or uncapped pen in their purse or bag, will understand the need for a case for your cover.

The Oberon cover above are embossed leather and a distinctive and popular choice, though pricey at $75 and up. While Borsa Bella makes a variety of cases from sleeves to travel bags and will even customize them with your own fabrics. You can find some sportier options from Belkin and Waterfield  

A "Naked" Kindle Sleeve from Borsa Bella

M-edge Go CoverM-edge is another popular brand with a slick look in a variety of colors and styles. I tried their Go cover, a very simple design offered in a rainbow of colors, that utilizes the hinge system along with elastic corners. I liked this cover, though it was a little heavier than I expected. The gray interior is a little drab as well but soft and comfortable to hold. There is also no closure, which takes away from the security factor. Cole Haan also offers some nice options (for Kindles only), though they are also one of the priciest starting at $99.

Javoedge Flip Cover

 After reviewing Javoedge covers back in August for Pie, they have become my new favorite. I bought this red cherry blossom cover about two months ago and love it. Very light weight and priced under $50, they come in an array of cool styles and colors. I really love the magnetic closure and it holds the reader very securely with a built in sleeve. I also love how comfortable it is to hold and the flip style is incredibly handy, allowing you to stand it up and read hands free. They also have great customer service, when my first cover arrived damaged, they made the exchange process very easy.

 

All of these, with the exception of Cole Haan, also offer covers for the Kindle DXSony Readers and are adding or have added Nook covers to their lines. TheNook also has a variety of interesting covers commissioned by an accessory savvy B&N, who hooked up with high profile designers like Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler. Oh and don't forget to check out etsy for something handmade and very unique. I just discovered these very tempting covers by hob-op.

 

As a special Pie promotion, just through Saturday, the 10th, use the promo code: Piewacket and get 10% off your Borsa Bella order! 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

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Reader Comments (15)

Thanks for the wonderful information. I never considered getting a case for my Kindle, I already have a cover. But what a great idea. I tend to forget that even in its case, in my purse, harm could still come to my Kindle. I just ordered the Borsa Bella Twilight Case for my Kindle that has the Pink Croc Javoedge Cover I won right here. I am so excited for it to come. Thanks again. Tena

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTena

Tena, that sounds like a really pretty combo! Glad you are enjoying your cover :)!

January 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterPiewacket

aaaahhh!! thanks for this! i have been checking out cases AND covers for my Kindle for a little while now. my hubby got me one for my birthday a couple of weeks before Christmas. The colors on these are beautiful! its nice to read a review from someone who's actually using it...thanks thanks thanks again!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterjOi-C

Love the Javoedge pattern you have Lara...I wish it was available for the K1...

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine D.

Have you checked out the etsy site I linked, Hob-op? They have some fun prints and since they look to be custom, perhaps they could do a K1 cover?

January 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterPiewacket

i was looking at the javoedge website and I noticed they have both the top flip and side flip. just wondering if you've tried both (or maybe one of your blog readers). and what your thoughts are on the flip. I kind of like the top flip...but would the slide flip be easier to use with a book light? or can it be used with the top flip too? I've never used a book light and haven't purchased on yet so I can't quite picture it in my head.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterjOi-C

I have not tried, the book style, or side flip but I have used that style with other covers. You can use a book-light with the flip style... it can be clipped to the side of the cover after it is flipped back. However, I hardly ever use a book-light since I got the app for my iPhone. I just read on that when there is not enough light, which is rare. It really is no different from reading a regular book, a lamp works fine for me.

January 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterPiewacket

I have the Waterfield Designs case and love it. The quality is very high. Yours is lovely too!

http://www.sfbags.com/products/kindle/kindlecase.htm

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanna

I also have the case from WaterField Designs and I love it as well. The quality is top-notch.

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEsme

What a fantastic guide, I love your blog! Beautiful pics and such great info too!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffanyAcevedo21

I have been looking for something like this, great info! Thanks.

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTameraCAMACHO24

Wonderful information. It is really useful to read your blog, so great.

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjeephenry2010

Thank you so much for a well-rounded assessment. I just purchased the Kindle 3 online and found it sad to see how few fun, exciting covers/cases were available from Amazon. I absolutely ADORE the Oberon website you mentioned and will probably be ordering a cover for myself AND one for my husband. I just stumbled across your website by accident, but it's getting bookmarked & recommended on Facebook today!! :)

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

These look alot like the ones that I recent viewed on Etsy. Love the handmade look. I have a boring cover for my Ipad, I think I want to switch to one of these more creative covers. great info!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDevon @ Leather Book Covers

Great post! I want a kindle so badly!!

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercay

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