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Old 08-09-2010, 03:22 PM   #1
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Best value for a Kindle sleeve

Hi everyone!

I've got a K3 WiFi on order, and I'm super excited to get it. The near-month wait is killer, but it's part of my plan to read more and waste less time watching TV / mindlessly surfing the internet, so I'm excited. For the time being, I have some real paper (!) books to read.

Anyway, I'm going to want a case for it, but I don't want something where the Kindle will be attached or held in. I'm pretty sure that I'll want to take the Kindle out by itself to read it, and have it in the case for storage/transport.

Obviously, cases for K3 are going to be slim for a while yet, but I wondered based on experience on accessories for other Kindle devices, what would someone recommend as far as a nice price for a sleeve that would have some protection for the device when its inside (and maybe carry the charger, etc), but also is very easy to get the reader out to use it "naked."

Just looking for older models to look at, or at least companies to keep an eye on as they develop their K3 accessories.

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Old 08-09-2010, 05:00 PM   #2
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Cases come in several "flavours ... " -

-Thin material - sleeve-like - just for the barest of scratch protection
-Neoprene sleeves. Same "envelope" nature of the above, but with a little "impact" protection

Many use the above to - and THEN plop the unit into a purse or briefcase. Or glove compartment.

Then there's "book-like" covers - where the eReader fits inbetween two "pages" of a leather or authentic-imitation-leather cover. Some have slots on the inside-left for business cards.

Problems with ALL of these is that when production costs are cut and they are offered for half of what we see on retails bookstore shelves, some use poor dyes. Some dye the interior portions where the eReader slides against, possibly transferring that dye color to your eReader's case/frame.

You indicate that you might want to also carry the charger in the same case. I would tend not to do that. Imagine your flat eReader in a briefcase or elsewhere, and the charger is in the same bag (in front of or in back of the eReader). Then s-q-u-e-e-z-e the bag - like the force it would receive during a little drop or accidental abuse. The force hitting the charger has the potential to breaking your screen: The eReader might get "bent" around it. Sounds outlandish - but it has happened. I'd rather protect my eReader with two "solid" pieces on either side of it, and have nothing else to potentially "press" against it.

What you USE regularly depends upon what (a) you like and (b) how you are transporting your eReader.

I fitted a DVD case that accommodates my eReader darned near perfectly. The resulting package is slim, sleek, smooth - I can easily carry it around anywhere. I also have a "leatherette book case" for it purchased off eBay. But it has those poor dyes, and actually adds enough weight/mass to the eReader to make it not as "attractive" to carry around.

So - for ME - a case that cost me nothing was the best case for how I travel around town. Second in line for ME would be my neoprene case.

Do you have a BestBuy or large bookstore nearby where you can actually "look and feel" some of the case options?

And please shy away from the "leather/leatherette" "bargains" on eBay and elsewhere. You can transfer dyes to your eReader with just normal, non-abusive everyday use.
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:37 PM   #3
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:40 PM   #4
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I have a Belkin sleeve, with a zipper 1/2 the way around. I really, really like it, but I throw my K2 in my purse or briefcase. I plan to wait until Belkin comes our with a K3 sleeve, and then I will get one for my K3.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:11 PM   #5
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I couldn't find a sleeve I liked so I just decided to crochet one, leaving enough room to allow for a case to be used. It was more of a scrap project while I wait for my kindle to come tomorrow. I made the sleeve leaving both front and back pockets on the inside open so that I can insert a hard plastic strip into when I get a chance and then pad it with whatever I happen to have laying around. I also made two pocket on the inside flap to put my ID cards, and debit cards into, as well as a large pocket in the back to store whatever else happens to come up. for the clasp I used an old necklace flower that was no longer of use to me. Not the prettiest thing but it gets the job done. My son has autism and if the kindle is not in a bag of some kind it will be take apart to build something else very quickly (yes we have to hide all of our appliances and lock up the computers in my house ). As far as dyes go, I always buy the clear matte plastic at JoAnn's and sew a quick cover to go the actual ereader. It also offer a little protection again accidental water spills, rain, etc. The whole project runs around 7.00. At takes around an hour or so to complete. I can send ya the pattern if you would like.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:42 PM   #6
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I've been using the Octovo Sleeves for my Kindle2, DX, and now DXG. They're very slim, light and protect the device with a nice padded interior. The minute the K3 version is ready for my K3, I'll be buying that one.

I should also note that no animals have to give their lives for the production of the Octovo Sleeves, which makes them even better.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:55 PM   #7
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The Octovo Sleeves look like something I'd be looking for! Thanks for the suggestion!

I'd love to hear more if anyone's got them. Any use a sleeve out there that has a zipper opposed to the open-end of the Octovo?
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:40 AM   #8
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I second the suggestion for the Octovo Sleeves. I purchased one a ways back and have found it to be the best of the lot, and I tried quite a few.
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I like the MCover polycarbonate sleeve, with hard screen protector. I have one for my K2i and they will be making one for the K3 apparently, they just need to get their hands on one first, so there will be a slight delay.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:46 AM   #10
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I purchased an M-Edge sleeve for my DXG and it provides a lot of protection. It's leather and heavily padded.
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I do not have a Kindle case from them, but WaterField Designs - http://www.sfbags.com - makes excellent stuff and they look like they'll have a number of sleeves and slips available for Kindle 3 soon.
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To be honest, having a sleeve and no case is a seriously bad idea. Without a case, the screen is less protected when it's out of the sleeve and the risk of damage is higher if it's ever dropped. And a case can make your reader even easier to hold. But if you want to risk your K3, go ahead and get a sleeve. If you want more protection for your K3, get a case.
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I purchased an M-Edge sleeve for my DXG and it provides a lot of protection. It's leather and heavily padded.
Is your DXG in a case when it's not in the sleeve or is it more at risk being naked?

Everyone please read the first post http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...25#post1046425 of that thread to see that yes you need a case and not just a sleeve.

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Old 08-10-2010, 08:59 PM   #14
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I appreciate the thoughts on case vs. sleeve. Perhaps sleeve isn't exactly communicating what I want to do. I want something that will, in fact, protect the device, but on which the device is easily removed to actually do reading from. A thin piece of fabric wrapped around the Kindle obviously isn't going to do much, but I'm not sure a case where the Kindle is attached inside is necessarily the be-all, end-all solution.

A nicely padded, zippered pouch (to ensure pressure protection as well as not flying out of the sleeve if moved suddenly) seems to be the best of both worlds for what I'm looking for.
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I appreciate the thoughts on case vs. sleeve. Perhaps sleeve isn't exactly communicating what I want to do. I want something that will, in fact, protect the device, but on which the device is easily removed to actually do reading from. A thin piece of fabric wrapped around the Kindle obviously isn't going to do much, but I'm not sure a case where the Kindle is attached inside is necessarily the be-all, end-all solution.

A nicely padded, zippered pouch (to ensure pressure protection as well as not flying out of the sleeve if moved suddenly) seems to be the best of both worlds for what I'm looking for.
Seriously, what good is a case if you are only going to remove the case when reading? You don't ever want to drop a naked eink device as you have a greater risk of screen damage. So really, get a case and get used to it. It's the best protection you will have. Yes, a sleeve that fits the device (with a case) is a good thing for greater protection when traveling. But to just get a sleeve and not a case is bad and to remove the device from the case to read is just as bad. A case may not be prefect, but it's the least intrusive solution there is now. Also, I find a case can actually help make the device easier to hold.
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