Flash! I buy a Kindle 3 cover
Since I’ve had a Kindle 3, I’ve been using a bubble mailing envelope as a cover.
That’s not my preference. I really liked my m-edge platform cover I had on my K2. That’s definitely what I wanted for my K3, too, but it’s not available yet. M-edge has, for some reason, not been able to produce their full line of covers for the K3 yet. That’s been surprising me…the Kindle 3 was announced July 28…three months ago. It doesn’t seem like it should be that much work to resize existing covers…even though they may not have had a model at first.
I have some things I want in a Kindle cover:
Non-leather (I don’t use leather)
A “reading easel” configuration
It has to be small enough to fit in my big pocket in my photojournalist vest
A pocket for a screen wipe
Easy access to the power switch and the headphone jack
Not looking like an expensive electronic gadget (I walk though some tough areas some times)
The ability to take it in and out easily
Easy to hold when reading…and to work the buttons with either hand (I’m ambidextrous)
Under about thirty dollars
I’ve been looking at various places (including Amazon, of course). Someone recommended TJ Maxx: I tried that, but they didn’t have a K3. They also just had sleeves…I prefer a cover. With a sleeve, you slip the Kindle out of it to read, and then read it naked (not you, the Kindle…well, it could be you, I guess). ;) With a cover, you read the Kindle with it still inside it. My preference comes because of the drop protection, mostly.
I’d taken a look at Staples, which carries the Kindle. Interestingly, they were promoting that the Kindle DX was coming. I suspect that might mean a model of it with wi-fi (before the holidays), but we’ll see. In fact, it was kind of funny…they had $189 under a cardboard Kindle DX, but the description explained it was for the 6″. They had some Kindle covers, but nothing that I wanted.
Somebody recommended Ross, and that was on our list of possibles today. However, we had to stop at Target first today, so I thought I’d check those out. They did have Kindle 3 covers.
One of them had a reading easel…that was a big plus. I checked it out: it fit in my pocket. I have to admit, I was hoping that an employee didn’t walk by while I was sticking merchandise in my pocket! It actually had a very nice way of snapping the Kindle into it, rather than using elastic. The buttons and headphone jack were easily accessible. It wasn’t leather, and had microfleece inside the cover.
It didn’t have pockets to hold anything, though. It was $29.95…that’ s right at my upper limit. I didn’t like the mechanism of the reading easel as much. With an m-edge, there is a strap that slips into a hole on the front of the cover. That lets me use the strap to secure it around a towel bar (for when I’m brushing my teeth). This easel is like a picture frame…that also doesn’t feel as solid. The “footprint” is also much bigger.
The only color they had was red. I’m not that big on color (I have some color vision deficiency…”color blindness”), but the red was a little flashy…I prefer to not attract attention with my Kindle when it is in the case.
However, my Significant Other (SO) thought the red color and design of the cover was cute…sold.
I switched from the mailing envelope right away…it’s raining a little bit here today. I don’t like the configuration of holding it left-handed as well as on the m-edge, but I can probably get used to it. Besides, I can just switch to right-handed…doesn’t really make a difference, but I like being able to trade off. The cover is too stiff for now…I’m hopig it will get to folding flat. Right now, the “spine” maintains its shape too much. I think that will happen, though.
What kind of cover is it?
It’s the http://www.speckproducts.com.
It just says it’s a DustJacket (which is says is trademarked…ah, the magic of removing a space) ;).
I’ll let you know how it goes. Maybe surprisingly, I’m not that big on change. :) That’s not really true for technology…I’m intrigued to see new versions, and I like seeing the software changes. But it can take me a little while to adjust to changes in physical objects.
Have you found a cover/sleeve/case you like for the K3? What’s on your list of wants when you shop for one? Feel free to let me know…
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.