Monday, September 26, 2011

Kindle and Nook How To: Picking out the perfect case

We all dream of having the perfect Kindle or Nook case for our little device.  Something that protects it from scratches, dents, falls.  Something that holds it tightly.  Something that can stand up on its own so you don't *always* have to hold it.  Something that looks stylish.  The lists can go on and on!  But, it's important to make that list and be picky! This is the perfect time to be as picky as possible.  You want to protect that wonderful new gadget.  When you're choosing a case you have to know what you're looking for, and what size to get.

Things to look for in a hard-case:
  1. Durability - you want a case that can last for years.
  2. Tight hold - you want a case that holds your Kindle or Nook tightly, but not so tight you can't take it off.
  3. Protection - look for a case that not only protects the body of the Kindle or Nook, but the screen as well.  Yes, you can get screen protectors, but that's not what I mean.  You want something that covers the screen without putting something on it.
  4. Style - covers come in just about every color, shape, pattern and can really add an extra personal touch to your Kindle or Nook.  Who wants their Kindle or Nook to look like every other one?
  5. Functionality - look for a case that provides a way to charge your Kindle or Nook while inside the case.
  6. Sound - if you use the 'text-to-speech' function or the 'spoken menus' on your Kindle or Nook, be sure the case allows sound to travel out (i.e. sound vents on the back).
  7. Price - don't overpay for a case just because it has a name brand attached to it.  There are so many amazing cases on Amazon and Etsy for very affordable prices (under $25!!) Also check stores like BestBuy, Target, Staples and Barnes&Noble.  Shop around for the best prices!
  8. Fasteners - many cases are made with magnet closures.  As long as the magnet does not directly touch the Kindle or Nook (cloth barrier is perfect!) then it is okay.  Other options are ribbon straps with buttons or a leather strap.
  9. Book vs Flip - 'book' style cases open like a book whereas flip cases open like a calendar.  Flip cases allow you to hold the case/Kindle with one hand more easily.  Book cases are usually a little more bulky and do not always fold completely back, causing you to hold it with two hands.
  10. Stand vs No Stand - stands are super helpful.  They are little flaps on the back of a case that hold it upright for you.  Hellooo hands free reading!! Be sure to check the reviews, if possible, to make sure people *like* the actual stand. Sometimes they don't sit straight.  Stands are optional.  If you don't think you'll ever *need* one, and the price is cheaper without it, opt for the cheaper case.
For those people who don't really want or need a hard case (which is wayyy better if you ask me) a Roo, neoprene case or sleeve works just as great.  Here is what you should look for:
  1. Protection - you still want a tight fitting case.  Not *as* tight as a hard case, but still close fitting.
  2. Water Proof - since these cases are usually thinner, you want a case that is water proof.  Although most people don't walk around with their Kindle or Nook out in the rain or near water, it's still a good idea.
  3. Fasteners - these sleeves don't always have something to close the top.  It is important to have something that closes the top, whether it is a zipper, a button, magnet, strap with a button or magnet... 
  4. Price - you don't want to spend too much for a sleeve.  Etsy has so many sellers that are willing to make you a custom sleeve for very cheap (under $15).  Amazon will carry a large number of sleeves too.  Also check stores like BestBuy, Target, Staples and Barnes&Noble.
  5. Style - these soft cases come in a large variety of colors and shapes.  Be picky!
  6. Durability - you really want these sleeves to be really well made.  If the stitching isn't tight or comes off in one part, the whole case will eventually come apart.  Cheap prices don't always mean cheap product.  I've seen some very pricey cases fall apart within days.
So, try to keep these lists in mind when picking out the perfect case.  Also, make a list of your own qualifications and rank them from most important to least important.  This will help you decide what qualifications are more important to you, and help you eliminate/narrow down the options.

My case for Kindle 3: JavoEdge Flip case (with stand and sound vents) in "Fleur Flip Case in Blue"  JavoEdge and Amazon typically run sales on their cases.  Keep an eye out for them before purchasing.  I purchased this case for $25.00 with free shipping.

Inside (see how it fits tightly, but still allows me to use all of the functions? I can also charge my Kindle while in the case)  Many of my Kindle friends have purchased this case (in different colors) as well.  We all love this case.  Please consider it if you are searching for a hard-case.

Have a case that you love? Leave a comment with the brand and color!  Happy Hunting everyone!

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