The demand for a Kindle Case that can stand up to the elements tends to be situational at best. Sure, you want to be able to pull out that option should you be backpacking with your Kindle or taking it to the beach, but in general it really isn’t worth the extra bulk, weight, or ridiculous appearance that go along with the current waterproof options just to use them on a daily basis. Basically, right now for the sake of comfort we are forced to accept things that offer minimal protection in order to avoid ruining the reading experience. The preferred option would, of course, be an unintrusive but completely safe case. Lacking that, as we do at the moment, it can be useful to know where the most effective options are.
As far as casual use, the best compromise I’ve found for when you want something to use all the time that will also save you from spilled drinks and short unexpected rainfall is the M-Edge Leisure Jacket. It is fairly affordable for a Kindle case at $34.99 but also provides a good amount of protection and doesn’t look ridiculous when you carry it around with you. It isn’t perfect, by any means. I would strongly recommend against dropping your Kindle in a bathtub with this one, and the screen protection results in a fair amount of glare. If moisture is a minor concern, however, it is effective.
A more durable and heavily protected option is the new KlearKase for Kindle 3. Again, it is not going to provide much protection if you decide to store your Kindle in the swimming pool. It does a lot more than the M-Edge option, though. Their product video depicts some fairly impressive splash protection in unusual boating conditions, for example. You also get ready access to all Kindle buttons and functions, unlike any other reliable waterproof case I’ve found so far. It doesn’t look nice enough that I would want to carry this around constantly, but it’s some of the best functional protection you’re likely to find. $49.99 is a bit much for a case, but if you need it then it is probably worth the investment.
The budget option, for those who don’t feel that a few hours on the beach is worth a $50 investment, is the TrendyDigital WaterGuard Case. Think of it like a durable ziplock bag for your Kindle. Mostly because it is. While it is quite inexpensive at $15.99 and not particularly attractive, this is possibly the best of the waterproofing options. I’ve seen them sit submerged without leaking for several minutes at a time. Admittedly, however, this is the only protection they give you. Even the worst of the normal case selections you’re likely to see would give you more fall damage insurance. Still, it’s a great way to keep your Kindle dry. Plus, and I know this will be the major selling point for most people, it has a strap so that you can hang your eReader from your neck!
This year’s CES selection has been really interesting to follow for me. Everything from Three Dimensional Printers to Smart Grid Homes has come up. It’s loads of fun. A couple things in particular popped up that I thought might be interesting to highlight here though, as relates to all us fans of Kindles and Nooks and such!
M-Edge Customized eReader Covers
Going with the name “MyEdge” for the product line, M-Edge is getting set to open up a service allowing customers to have their Kindle, Nook, or iPad cover personalized with whatever photo they want right on the front. The idea is, you choose a basic cover color, along with any text you want on it, then add in photos, pictures, graphics, etc in whatever pattern works for you. They are aiming to have these personalized cases printed and shipped in 10-14 days. The pricing I’ve heard about is surprisingly affordable, with the Kindle cover being just $40, the Nook cover matching that, and the iPad cover costing only $50. While the service is not quite open yet, if you’re interested you can head to their website and be notified when ordering opens up.
Ion Book Saver Scanner
One of the biggest impediments for many newcomers to the eBook phenomenon has often been that book lovers are very attached to their libraries. Personally, I’ve come to dread moving for no other reason than that books are heavy when you get a couple thousand together all in one place. Anyway, when you already own all your favorites, it really doesn’t make much sense to go out and buy them all again just so that they can fit on your Kindle. This isn’t a move from VHS to DVD where the quality is suddenly going to excite you, they’re books! The solution that Ion(a company probably best known for their audio converter hardware) has come up with is an interesting looking scanner made specifically for books.
The device as a whole is a little bit bulky, and far from automated. It’s not going to look at your book and do the work for you. What you get is a scanner with a surface angled to allow book pages to lie flat without being held down firmly that can supposedly scan both pages of an open book in about a second. It will come with some form of OCR software to give you a file that has selectable text, reflow capabilities, etc, rather than your usual flat image or PDF file. The whole thing looks simple to use and should be useful to anybody with the time and interest to spend a few minutes turning the pages. This should all be good, legally, given that any book you scan should in theory be something you own, but I’m sure there’ll be some objection along the lines of piracy at some point. Still, I know that I have a few out of print books that I will be immensely pleased to have digital scans of as soon as this one comes out.
Admittedly these are only a couple of the fun things we have to look forward to now, but they intrigued me and seemed worth pointing out. Enjoy!
Recently M-Edge began taking orders for their new Guardian case for the Kindle. This neat new accessory comes just in time for the many Kindle owners out there who want to take their reader for a relaxing day at the beach or pool. Now, the “waterproof” eReader case isn’t a new idea. There have been similar devices on the market for years now, in fact. The difference here is that M-Edge seems to have gone the extra mile to make this case worth the money and the attention.
Where other cases will let you wipe off condensation or splashes from the water, the Guardian will keep your Kindle safe in up to a meter of water, all while remaining completely functional and controllable. It also has the added bonus of providing flotation for your book, so that dropping or setting aside what you’re doing isn’t going to be something you’re left regretting.
The Guardian comes in three colors(Black, Red, and Blue), features an anti-reflective screen for better reading in the glare of the sun, weighs barely more than 1lb, and can be attached to a lanyard through a ring at the base for added security. It isn’t the cheapest thing on the market, at a surprising $80, but there can be no doubt that it’s worth the money if you’re serious about taking your Kindle with you everywhere you go.
The Kindle is difficult to carry around without worrying about whether it will be scratched or dropped. There are a lot of covers available to choose from so choosing one can be overwhelming. The M-Edge Latitude Kindle Jacket for the Kindle 2 is a great choice. It fits the latest generation Kindle perfectly. It is a little pricey at $34.99, but this jacket’s sturdiness and durability will allow it to last for a long time.
The jacket has a zipped up pocket in the front where the user can store the Kindle charger and accessories, and then another pocket in the back for more accessories if needed. I often flip the front flap behind the back so I can hold my Kindle easier. It gives the impression that I am holding a real book, instead of a fragile electronic device. This way, I don’t have to worry about losing my grip on my Kindle. There are four small mounts in the jacket that keep the Kindle in place and they work very well.
When traveling, the jacket has a hidden double zipper to allow easy access for charging. The M-Edge Latitude Jacket comes in a variety of colors. The bright orange and green ones are easy to keep up with, whereas the darker colors, such as black and navy, are for those who would prefer colors that blend in with their other accessories. So, this Kindle jacket has something available to everyone. The reviews of this product are overwhelmingly positive, so it is a win-win purchase for all.
Amazon Kindle does come with a stock cover, but that is all it is a stock cover, Amazon did so much right with the Kindle, but they failed miserably with the stock case – if your bored with your Kindle continuously falling out of the stock cover you might consider having a look at the M-Edge Leather Executive Case.
This shiny, lushly padded case is a class above the base cover provided by Amazon, it firmly secures the Kindle to the case with four leather corners without being too tight, the top right corner is elasticised so allowing access to the switches on the back. For those who prefer leather the case feels and looks superb – the pictures simply don’t do any justice, it looks fantastic – it is smooth, smells divine and is available in a range of colours. On the inside left there is space for a pen and SD card holder as well as pockets for notes and business cards, it also folds back quite neatly. The craftsmanship is fantastic there are no loose threads in the stitching anywhere and fronting the elastic corner with the same material that’s on the other corners was a nice touch.
Product description from Amazon.com
The Amazon Kindle Executive Jacket is the ultimate for sophisticated on-the-go eReader users. Whether in the office, at a business meeting, or on the treadmill, the Executive Jacket provides refined and stylish protection of your Amazon Kindle in a superior case. The Executive Jacket offers full surface protection in a lushly padded case. The soft grey interior ensures your Kindle will always be cushioned in comfort. This smart case with classic lines even includes a loop for your pen and interior pockets for storage of SD Cards, notes, business cards, and other essentials. Even while closed, you’ll find access to all ports, so you never need to remove your reader for charging. The M-edge Accessories Amazon Kindle Executive Jacket is a sleek case that will protect your eReader from scratches and dings. It is the perfect solution for the user with a fashionable, active lifestyle.
The M-Edge certainly does look a lot better than the standard cover for the Kindle which is frankly quite ugly, a lot of users have reported that the Kindle fell out of it quite easily, you wont get that problem with the M-Edge case because the 4 leather corners firmly keep the Kindle in place. The stock case weighs in at 5.8 ounces while the M-Edge comes in at 4.9 ounces, so no big difference in terms of weight.
The only sticking point is the $54.99 price tag, however this is what Amazon should have shipped with the Kindle in the first place, I wish I had ordered mine months ago.
M-Edge Genuine Leather Executive Case for Amazon Kindle at Amazon.com