Amazon Kindle Lighted Leather Cover

Let there be light

Amazon Kindle Lighted Cover

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.

Amazon Kindle Lighted Cover

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.

Amazon Kindle Lighted Cover

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.

Amazon Kindle Lighted Cover

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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Amazon Kindle Lighted Cover

Amazon Kindle Lighted Leather Cover

Folio-style case with integrated illumination for late-night reading.
Price: £50.99 RRP