Buy the right cover!! We'll help you :)
It's important to have a friend alongside you when making those big purchasing decisions. If you're thinking of buying a cover for your Kindle, let that friend be me! I'll guide you as best I can with (ahem) unbiased and impartial advice. I can't hang around your place all the time on the off chance you may buy a Kindle case, so I've compiled this handy Amazon Kindle case / cover buyers guide. We'll keep it safe here on ‘tinterweb so you know where to find it.
Cases like this make my blood boil! Apart from the design being terminally dull, they’re made out of something called PU leather, bi-cast leather, pleather etc. They use the word 'leather' but it's essentially actually a plastic layer that's been embossed to look like leather then glued to a backing which may or may not be a by-product of the leather industry. You can usually tell it’s PU leather because of the nasty chemical stink that is emanates from it. That said, some PU leather is actually infused with a leather smell to make you think it’s the real deal! PU leather is one of the cheapest textiles available, and for good reason.
This one is a nice colour, but look at all those inner pockets made out of scratchy PU leather. It may seem like a good idea to load up the inside cover with loads of credit cards etc. But consider this; every time you shut the case, all those items will be forced against the fragile screen of the Kindle. The interior should be a soft material, maybe with one simple pocket for storing the receipts of those margaritas by the pool.
It’s important your Kindle is secured nice and tight inside your case. It may be a bit of a pain in the derrière to install it, but it’s worth it if it doesn’t fall out again. What you can’t see in the picture above is that the Kindle slides in easily from the top… and slides easily back out again if the case is tipped upside down. The front cover hangs around uselessly like a bored teenager. You can't secure it behind the screen and it flaps around so much because the 'spine' connecting the front and back cover has no strength. Also check that there is enough impact protection round the edge of the Kindle for the occasional drop to the kitchen floor.
It's a got a big brand name, it's got a big price tag, so at least it's certain not to be made out of PU leather right?.. Well, no actually. You're often likely to get PU leather when you buy the big brands as well. It's unfair because real leather improves with age but PU will eventually crack and fall apart after normal use. Other than the PU leather, these cases are usually built to a high standard and will certainly offer good protection. A high grade of soft interior fabric is the norm, and they feels strong and well built. Really though, the difference in the raw manufacturing cost of the big brand cases and the cheaper alternative is generally a couple of pounds only. So why does it cost so much? Sometimes £50 or more!
Here's something that's a bit different. We're using a high quality, heavy weight 12oz canvas for the exterior of the case with a stylish design. The case is lightweight but very strong, and the edges extend beyond the end of the Kindle so it's the more prepared for any unwanted impacts. Inside is made from a super soft fibre to help protect against scratches. There is a simple diagonal pocket on the inner front cover in case you're heading to the beach and need somewhere to store your Euros. The Kindle is held firmly in place with four corner straps. Our products use a slightly stronger material on the inner spine as this part of the case gets stretched and compressed the most.
On the cover, we use a magnetic clasp that 'pops' into place to keep the case closed when not in use. We use a magnetic clasp instead of a popper so you don't have to exert any downwards force onto the Kindle. A lot of Kindle cases (particularly the cheap ones) don't allow for the front cover to be secured in place when reading a book. With the lente designs cover, you can reverse the strap and use the magnetic lock to secure the front cover behind the screen while reading. No animal products or by-products are used in our cases including the adhesives, so we’re happy to say we’re Vegan friendly!
At Lente Designs we create stylish Kindle and iPad covers that have a high quality of build and don’t cost a fortune. Give your Kindle the love it deserves with Lente Designs!