Amazon Kindle Lighted Leather Cover
Let there be light
Yes, it's expensive, but Amazon's top-of-the-line Kindle 3 leather-covered folio-style case isn't just an overpriced luxury item. It also has practical value, thanks to a built-in, slide-out LED lamp.
The Cover is soberly good-looking, no arguing with that
I sat up in bed with it one night, and can attest that it does indeed provide adequate illumination that nonetheless won't disturb your other half snoozing next to you.
The light has to be fully extended to engage its hidden power switch - there's no separate trigger - and it can be fiddly to extract. Amazon, it needs a better grip.
The LED lamp slips out of the top right corner
But since it's powered by the Kindle itself, there's no need to faff about with AAAs or making sure that a separate battery is charged. Of course it'll drain your Kindle's power, but not at an inconvenient rate.
As a case, the Cover holds the Kindle tightly, locking the e-book reader into place, though it's thicker than it needs to be, even allowing for the light mechanism. The cover is thick and will clearly take some punishment, as witness by the couple of times I dropped it.
Decent illumination in a darkened room
There's a fabric-covered elastic band to keep it shut. Cut off the leather Amazon label on the cord, though, it'll irritate you otherwise.
The only downside, for me, is that it effectively makes the Kindle a little heavier and more bulky to hold. But it does make it less obvious to others what you're carrying around. ®
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You planet killer!!!!
So rather than get rid of a methane producing thing you would rather drill into the plannet and process hideous chemicals!
Save the planet, eat meat and wear leather!
Kindle £111, Case £50
Hmmm. £50 For a bit of leather and an LED, against a sophisticated electronic device with screen, batteries, keyboard, wifi etc at only just over twice the price.
My case cost £10. Still a bit much for a bit of leather, and no LED, but I do have a bedside light, and the missus stays awake longer than I do anyway.
I've had one for over 6 months now, the Burnt Orange one, which really adds a nice splash of colour to the drab Kindle. The leather tag hasn't bothered me one bit and I found the quality of the leather very good.
The price didn't seem that high to me, given the build quality and how usable it makes the Kindle to read in bed or on a plane when the cabin lights are down.
Have one and really like it
Yes, it's outrageously overpriced, but it does the job really well.
A few commentors complain about the weight - it brings the whole lot up to the weight of an average sized paperback, and I prefer a wee bit of heft.
The light does a great job of illuminating the screen, and I generally use it as my sole source of illumination when reading at night - whether it be in bed, or in the sitting room with the lights turned down.
I probably use it on average about an hour per night, and I'll usually get 3-4 weeks on a full charge.
So not for everyone, but if you have the cash and want a neat solution, it's hard to beat
This is because...
... the unlit case used the same connectors (which connect directly to the battery, thus allowing the light to... er... light up in the lit version) but with the unlit case, the connectors were painted-over with resistive (is that a word???) paint.
However, with the unlit case, the resistive paint wore off, shorting the battery and causing the Kindle to (technical term alert!) go squiffy.
The lit case will obviously not do this, because there is a switch/ bulb in the way of the 'short' connection!