A Kindle may be a hardy e-reader but it pays to protect it from scratches and bashes. You'll find Kindle cases in a vast choice of styles and designs, but before you buy, note that the various different Kindle devices, including the Kindle Fire, Keyboard and Touch, differ in size. It's important to buy the right case for your model.
Many people love the feeling of a book in their hands so the book cover-style case is a big seller. The reader is fastened into the inside back cover, while the front one protects the screen when it's not in use. The popularity means that there are many to choose from with quality leather cases in every shade, even animal print, antique-look and tooled, embossed leather.
A witty variant on the book-style cover is the false book. Designed to look like the cover of a great classic or anthology, it's a wry way to express your interests. All these covers are available in cheaper faux-leather options as well as a variety of textiles; some, such as a hemp cover, specifically designed to appeal to eco-minded people. Your book should feel good to touch, so shop around.
If you're always on the go with your book to hand then try the folio-style cover. Slick and compact, this may have a section where money, credit cards and travel tickets can be securely tucked away. The cover closes firmly and it may have a carry strap. Folios come in many hard-wearing materials.
If you like to read at the same time as - for example - eating or knitting then look at the options on cases with stands. Flip top, folio or fold over style covers have inbuilt stands that you can fold out to position the reader at a good angle on a flat surface. They're made for portrait and landscape format reading.
While the Kindle readers are famously easy to read in bright sunlight, the e-ink display means that reading in low-light isn't possible. To get around this, opt for a case that includes a reading lamp. These small battery-powered lights clip onto the case so that you can read in the dark.
The sleeve provides a simpler, more lightweight case option. Simply slip the reader into the pouch when not in use. It protects it from damage while you're on the move. Neoprene Kindle cases are inexpensive and available in a variety of colors and patterns. Some are even reversible so you get two in one. The slimmest option on the market is the silicone sleeve. Slick to the touch and ultra thin it protects the device against scratches but adds no extra bulk. Stick on patterned skins are the easiest way to beautify a reader although they don't give any protection.