04 September 2010 ~ 7 Comments

Kindle Lighted Leather Cover

I ordered this cover because it was the only real game in town at the time. To let you know where I come from with this review… I purchased the 2nd generation Kindle back in March of 2009 with the Amazon cover. Didn’t like that one, it actually cracked my mother’s Kindle that I purchased shortly thereafter (Amazon replaced it, although it was probably from her opening the wrong side, doesn’t matter, this isn’t about Amazon great customer service). When that happened, we immediately went looking for a new cover and fell in love with the M-Edge Prodigy with light. Unfortunately, M-Edge isn’t offering that for the 3rd generation Kindle, they changed it to have a nylon strap instead of leather and aren’t utilizing the hinge technology for the light, which I think is genius and a terrible error on their part. I’m telling you this so you know that I ordered this new Amazon Lighted Cover with a WHOLE LOT of trepidation.

When deciding on the color, I didn’t want black (I wanted purple, but Amazon doesn’t offer that *boo*hiss*) and the green was backordered slightly, didn’t like the other colors so I decided to get the orange. It looked interesting and since I live in Austin, some UT fan would buy it off me if I hated it, I was sure. It came in and it’s the perfect burnt orange color. It might be slightly too tan colored, but it’s not vibrant orange by any means. A great almost pumpkin pie color actually.

So… what did I think of the cover itself?

I slid the Kindle in there and pulled the light out and… nothing happened. I spent a good 3 to 5 minutes pulling the light out and pushing it back in, looking for a switch, something, anything. I finally gave up and turned the Kindle on and… yeah, the light came on. DUH! It works only if the Kindle is on. This is actually GREAT because I fall asleep reading a good deal and the light will go off when the Kindle goes to sleep after 15 minutes or so. I felt stupid, but at least I didn’t call customer service and have them giggle in the background and the stupid lady that can’t work the cover, eh?

ANYWAY… the Kindle slides in easily and the light works great. There is no glare at all because the LED lights are directed down the arm of the light so there’s no “direct” light hitting the screen, it just flows down. It is brighter in the upper right than in the lower left because of that, but it’s more than adequate. The light is NOT adjustable but you shouldn’t need to adjust it either. I have found it really is a genius way of handling it.

The case itself is not too thick. In fact when I first picked up the case, I thought I had the wrong one because it looked too slim to have a light in there, but it’s there. It is a little hard to pull the light out, but I guess the alternative is having it be too easy, right? I really wish they had included corner straps though. I read laying in bed and I worry it’s going to flop open and crack the Kindle. I do realize this is probably unfounded and they fixed that flaw, but because I’m paranoid, I did put two small circles of velcro to the back of the Kindle and the cover so it couldn’t accidentally bend the hinge system or crack the case. I’m aware this is insane overkill type stuff, so feel free to snicker… I’ll wait… done? Okay, onward…

Now, back to reality… the chance of you opening the Kindle from the wrong side is basically zero. You have to unwrap it using this bungee cord thingy (yes, that’s the technical term here, folks). It has a little leather tag on it that says “Amazon Kindle”. The tag is a little annoying because I fold the cover back and use the cord to hold it and keep hitting the tag with my hand no matter where I put. I’m thinking of cutting it off. *shrug*

It does, of course, add some weight to the Kindle. The case, with Kindle and velcro circles weighs 15.5 oz on my postal scale. There’s been some discussion if this is “too heavy” but I must say that I don’t think so. I read with it folded back and the bungee cord thingy wrapped around the back. I have weak hands that keep me from reading hard backs and large paperback books. I think it’s more of the force of holding the book open than the weight, so it’s not been an issue at all for me. I also read with it propped up somewhere usually.

My favorite part is that with the new slim and sleek design of the Kindle and this slim and sleek cover (with a light, no less!) it really is a great size to grab and go, toss in my purse, in the car or my bedside. My other favorite (it’s a tie) is the light. It runs off power from the Kindle itself so I’m never without a light. I don’t have to find a battery somewhere when it burns out. Amazon knocked it out of the park as far as I’m concerned. I’m taking off a star just for the few little niggle things I mentioned before. After over a week of use though, this is the cover I’m recommending to friends/family at this time.

Well worth it.

Description:
Our new design seamlessly incorporates a reading light into the cover, so you can carry your Kindle wherever you go and always have a reading light with you. Simply pull the light out to illuminate Kindle when you need it, and slide it away to be invisible when you don’t. And since the light draws its power from Kindle, no batteries are needed.

The contoured, pebble-grain leather (available in 7 different colors) keeps your Kindle safe and secure, while the soft charcoal microfiber interior protects the screen from scratches. The cover is designed to fold back, so you can read comfortably with just one hand.

Rating: ★★★★☆

7 Responses to “Kindle Lighted Leather Cover”

  1. Mary McDonald 12 September 2010 at 8:16 am Permalink

    Thanks for the review. I’m hoping for a Kindle for my bday in a few months, and wanted to suggest the cover for an anniversary present (2 days before my bday. :-)) I was debating between the Amazon one or an M-Edge cover. I don’t normally need a light to read, but in my new house, my fav. chair isn’t near a good light source. This could be the answer.
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  2. Candy 12 September 2010 at 8:20 am Permalink

    Mary – it will definitely help you out in that instance. I’ve had nothing but love for it. Shocked actually as I hated the K2 cover.

  3. SandyLu562 14 September 2010 at 2:02 pm Permalink

    Lots of people complain about the Amazon cover for the Kindles, both 2 and 3, not holding the Kindle securely. Seriously, folks, all you have to do is slip that “bungee cord thingy” over the Kindle and fold the cover back or not, however you prefer to read. No need for velcro bits on the back of your Kindle! No need to worry about the Kindle “flopping” out of its cover when you drop it while reading! I’m assuming here that it’s not actually dropped 3 or 4 feet onto a hard surface … I think the bungee cord is actually designed to hold the Kindle securely in the cover and am surprised they don’t include a picture of that since so many people have issues with that particular aspect of the cover design.

    Candy, even tho I don’t live anywhere near Austin, your blog always entertains me and I enjoy reading it! Eat More Pizza!

  4. Candy 14 September 2010 at 2:05 pm Permalink

    Hi Sandy – Do you have the same cover? If I were to use it as you suggest, it would cover the screen (that and the little flap thingy). I’m not worried about the Kindle flopping OUT but bending the hinges from the weight of it being opened wrong or whatever. It’s not a huge deal. Velcro makes me feel like it’s safer. *shrug*

  5. SandyLu562 14 September 2010 at 11:00 pm Permalink

    ya know, i simply assumed it was like the K2 book, /blushes
    the flap on mine can be moved on the bungee cord, so i just put it at the keyboard.
    it’s sad that the trick no longer works ;(
    i love the idea of the lighted cover being made especially for the kindle with the special fasteners and the cute light
    I do read my K2 in the amazon cover without the bungee cord holding the kindle in the cover, it seems pretty solid

    have fun with your new Kindle!

  6. Monique Whitehead 23 March 2011 at 1:37 pm Permalink

    I am looking for a cover for my Amazon Kindle dx,the one with the bigger screen do they have one for this particular kindle and if so where can I find it at?

  7. Brad -- Kindle Fire Leather Cover 31 January 2012 at 9:16 pm Permalink

    Great article on the Lighted Kindle Leather Cover! I appreciate the info on this as I am promoting the Kindle Fire Leather Cover by Mareware and have been looking for other covers to add to my list as well. I really like the style and design of the lighted cover as it gives the kindle that classy elegant look. Thanks again for the post very informative and really well written.
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