Being an avid reader and book blogger of nearly two years, I use my Kindle quite often. On top of that, I’ve been travelling a lot lately and due to moving to a different place, I’m going to be a commuter very shortly. So, my Kindle is almost always with me. I’ve been using my regular black leather Kindle case ever since I bought my e-reader in 2011 but when the Marston Bindery asked me if I wanted to try their new Kindle covers, I knew I had to see them.
The reason why these cases are special is that they are designed to look like actual books. And not only actual books, but leather-bound covers of well-known classics, such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I mean, how awesome is that? This particular edition is a replica of the 1895 cover of Austen’s book, originally designed by Hugh Thomson. Currently the covers are made to fit the Kindle 4 only, but they are often able to adapt their covers for other formats on request so it’s always worth asking.
It’s been a few weeks since I got it in the post (I wanted to use it for a while and see how practical it is in the long run before posting a proper review) but I have to say I love it. First of all, it looks gorgeous and unique and it does seem like a real hardcover book. My dad came home from work one afternoon and he actually thought it was a second-hand copy of a real book. No kidding.
Since it’s quite slim and light I was a bit worried that it would be more fragile and weaker than leather covers but since the covers are produced from durable laminated binding paper (printed with leather and cloth effect designs and finished with a wax polish), and are strengthened with high-quality book boards, you don’t have to worry about whether they would bend while you’re carrying them in your bag.
However, there are two things I haven’t managed to get used to yet. I don’t know if you can see it in my photo but the Kindle itself is held in place by a snap-on cradle instead of elastic bands. Which is great because it looks much nicer than a black rubber band and unlike those, the cradle is literally invisible. On the other hand, it makes it a bit trickier to use the left and right hand side buttons on your Kindle, ie. the ones you use for turning the pages. You can use them fine, don’t get me wrong, I just found it a bit trickier to actually push the button than when I was using my previous case with the elastic bands.
And the second thing I’m not sure I like that much is the fact that there is no catch or lock on the side of the book. Which is OK if you’re using your Kindle mostly at home but I’m not sure how practical it is if you’re a commuter or if you’re constantly on the go and you’re carrying it in your bag all the time. I know it wouldn’t really look authentic if there was a lock (after all, what kind of traditional books have locks on them?) but a thin transparent elastic band in the top and bottom corners would be enough to hold the case together, I think.
Other than that, I absolutely love my cover. It’s very elegant (and it comes in an equally elegant box) so it would make a perfect gift for a loved one, but it’s perfect even if you’re looking for a Kindle case for yourself. The covers cost £24.99 each but if you don’t like these classics designs, you can also get a customised one with your own personalised title for £29.99.
If you’re looking for something unique at a reasonable price and want to stand out from the crowd, I would definitely recommend these cases. For more information on the collection and how to order feel free to visit Marston Bindery’s website by clicking here.