We won’t go too much into details about the actual devices, but we’ll focus on the accessories you can opt for right now, namely the best cases and covers for each of the two e-readers. Before we get this started, you should know that there are many cases and covers that fit both devices. The two e-readers are pretty similar in terms of size, weight and design, the main differences being related to the screen, storage and functionality.
Cases and covers for the Kindle 4
Here are the cases that are specifically designed to work with the new Kindle 4 ebook reader and perfectly fit it.
Official Kindle Lighted Leather Cover
This cover combines a normal cover and a reading light, so that you can read in the dark just by opening the cover. The LED retractable reading light resides in the back cover and you can slide it out when you need it. Also, there’s no need to charge the LED separately, as it draws power from the reader.
As for the case, it’s made out of genuine pebble grain leather, while the interior comes with a suede like finish that will protect the screen from scratches. Also, the back side can fold, so you can read by holding the case with one hand. The case goes for $59.99 right now, which is with 10% less than the usual price, and comes in a variety of colors, including black, burnt orange, chocolate brown or steel blue, amongst others.
Kindle Leather Cover
This is Kindle’s simplest cover for the Kindle 4, being quite similar to the models available for earlier generations. The exterior is made from “all natural leather”, while the microfiber interior will protect the display from scratches. The case is designed to fold back, so you will be able to read holding the device with only one hand, as the back cover locks over the front.
For maximum protection, the case has a locking system for when holding the e-reader- just place the Kindle in and press gently until it locks into place. The cover, valued right now at $39.99, doesn’t have a reading light, pocket or any other type of aditional function and is available in black, brown, green and purple.
Cases and covers for Kindle Touch
And here are the ones designed specifically for the Kindle Touch, while offering a perfect snug fit and some extra options on top, like a nigh-light.
Official Kindle Touch Lighted Leather Cover
Basically, this cover resembles the one for the Kindle 4 pretty much, but it’s made to perfectly fit the Touch. You have the same LED reading light that can be pulled from the back of the cover and illuminate the paper like display. When you’re done, all you have to do is push it back or close the cover. The cover is made out of real leather, while the suede interior will protect the touch screen from scratches.The Lighted Cover for the Touch will cost you $59.99 and is available for now only in 4 colors- black, brown, green and purple.
Belkin Verve Tab Folio for Kindle Touch
If you’re after a more affordable option, the Verve Tab Folio is a good choice. Belkin delivers covers for the entire Kindle new line, including the Fire. The folio has a leather, grainy finish and a very thin profile, so it won’t add too muck bulk to the Touch. This $29.99 folio also comes with a magnetic enclosure, which will keep the Touch safe and secure from any accidental slides when moving. It doesn’t have a light, like the official cover, but you’ll notice also it’s 30 bucks cheaper, a detail worth considering. The item is currently available only for pre order and will ship in late November.
Cases and covers for both e-readers
Since both these devices are nearly the same size, with the Touch Edition being a bit thicker, most cases built for one of them will also work with the other. We’re going to tell you a couple of things about the Kindle covers that will work with both devices in here.
Marware Atlas Kindle and Kindle Touch Cover
Although not made out of actual leather, this case is pretty decent and will hold the device in place. The exterior is made from a very soft synthetic material, while on the interior you get a smooth, suede like finish that will protect the display from scratches. The case has an elastic strap going over the front cover, adding rigidity, and an interior back strap for grabbing the case and carrying it around This case goes for $29.99, and is available in beige, black, charcoal and pink.
Marware Eco-Vue for Kindle and Kindle Touch Cover + Eco Flip
These two covers were produced using an Eco-friendly manufacturing process, so the negative impact on the environment is quite small- at least that’s what Marware is claiming. The cases are made from eco friendly leather and have an elastic strap going over the front to tightly secure the Kindle inside. The interior has a soft finish that protects the screen from scratches, while a secondary interior strap on the back allows you to hold the cover really safe in your hand.
Both devices come with a small pocket for storing documents, cards or some money, with the Flip having the advantage of doubling as a stand, by flipping the front side. The Eco-Vue goes for $34.99 and is available in black, brown and pink, while the Eco-Flip costs 34.99 bucks as well, but will ship in 2 to 4 weeks.
Belkin Portfolio Sleeve for Kindle and Kindle Touch
This sleeve is much simpler in design than the others- it’s basically a simple neoprene sleeve that’s easy to use, fits in any bag and will protect your Kindle from not very severe accidents. There’s no reading lamp, stand function or something like that- it’s as basic as a protection accessory gets. Needless to say, it’s cheaper than the previous entries, ticking in at $19.99.
Timbuk2 Kindle and Kindle Touch SLIM SLEEVE
Timbuk2 can easily pass as a pouch for pens and stuff, as it looks very simple and cozy- it’s a soft sleeve, with a foam layer on the inside and a textured, multicolor layer on the surface. Priced right now at $24.99, the sleeve also has the advantage of being TSA friendly, so you can take it through US customs without a problem.
BUILT Kindle and Kindle Touch Neoprene Envelope Case
Personally, I consider Built one of the best companies out there in terms of protection accessories and I’m happy to see that they’re providing cases for the Kindle 4 and Touch as well- their offering comes with the same hourglass protective design they use for their laptops sleeves. On the outside you get a tough (but flexible) neoprene layer, while the interior has a soft lining finish, that will protect the display from scratches.
There’s also a small pocket that can even accommodate the charger, while the front flap is reinforced with a Velcro closure. The case goes for $29.99 and is available in either black or with a scattered dot pattern.
Although these e-readers were released just a short while ago, there are so many cases and covers you can chose from to enhance your experience with them. As always, you’ll be able to find something to fit your budget and needs, although I feel that almost all of these cases are a tad more expensive than they should be.
And yes, I’m mainly thinking about the Kindle Touch lighted sleeve, which costs right now 60 bucks. I’m pretty sure it will get cheaper down the road (around Christmas) and that other manufacturers might offer cheaper variants. The thing is that the cases we talked about today are really good, and offer both decent protection and a couple of extra features- pockets for accessories, reading lights, stand modes, as well as being quite exquisitely designed as well.
Let us know which case you fancy the most in the comment section below.