Important Note: Kindle 2 Does Not Automatically Come with a Cover

Perhaps in response to the bad rap the original cover got, Kindle 2 does not come with a cover. That’s kind of some serious lame there.

So! Time to order your cover if you haven’t already. By the way, pay no attention to the reviews right now, because nobody has a Kindle 2 yet except for Amazon employees in the Kindle department, gadget reviewers, cover designers, and Jeff Bezos, a group of which the first reviewer is not a member of. So how the hell can he review a cover? He’s a troll. Fun.


Some of your choices:

Amazon Kindle 2 Leather Cover by Amazon

The Amazon Kindle 2.0 cover, which is specifically designed for the Kindle, and is nearly the cheapest case out there for $29.99.

This is the cover I chose, because I’m pretty plain about covers.

Also, the other covers? Right now they have serious waiting periods.

Belkin Neoprene Sleeve Case for Amazon 2 by Belkin

Undercutting Amazon by a few bucks at $24.99, is Belkin. They’re not known for their high-quality products, and while this looks padded, it also doesn’t seem to be at all rigid. Good? Bad? I have no idea and am not guessing.

Patagonia Book Case for Kindle 2 by Patagonia

At $39.99, from the extra pictures on the item page, there might be more stiffness available here, but I don’t know. The Kindle is not secured by the Amazon case system, but by four picture-style corners (something familiar to Kindle 1 owners who have an M-Edge case). The pocket is kind of *shrug* for me, because I usually carry my Kindle in my backpack/laptop bag/purse/whatever, so… pockets are not really a big drive for me.

I don’t know what the padding is like for this case either. It concerns me a bit. There looks to be some, but again, I don’t know.

M-Edge Platform Jacket for Kindle 2 by M-edge

At $44.99 (and only because of an Amazon discount) is M-edge’s new Kindle 2 cover, which features a lot of interesting secondary pictures you can look at. Padding? Very hard to say without the product on-hand. Stiffness? Very much so, from the pictures. Comes in many colors and styles, but not my choice because, among other things, they don’t actually have a picture with the Kindle 2 in it, and I’d be curious to see how that worked.

The M-edge special light does not come with the cover, but is compatible with the cover.

M-edge’s Kindle 1 cover is one of the most popular Kindle products.

Cole Haan Hand-Stitched Smooth Leather Cover for Kindle 2 by Cole Haan

At $99.99, tops the Kindle 2 cover list in terms of price. In terms of quality? I don’t know, not having one of these guys (and unlikely ever to).

Things to look at: the padding and the inside material look like Amazon’s Kindle 2 cover, but I don’t know. The attachment system is the picture-corner one, not Amazon’s, a big difference (other than in price). The leather pocket is another huge difference, and I’m not sure how it’s going to play with the Kindle 2’s keyboard. Seems strange, but then again, I don’t know.

GelaSkins Protective Skin for Amazon Kindle 2 by Gelaskins

At $19.99, the lightweight of the Amazon Kindle 2 covers, but I don’t think it’s meant to be used all by its lonesome. It may help if you’re very worried about your Kindle 2’s screen in any of the above cases. Again, I don’t know, never having used this kind of product or anything like it.

So pick your cover. I’ll let you know how to the Kindle 2 Amazon cover shapes up.

3 thoughts on “Important Note: Kindle 2 Does Not Automatically Come with a Cover

  1. If you look at the pictures of the Kindle 2, then at the Gelaskins images, you will be able to tell that they serve the same purpose as the skins for laptops — they’re a decorative cover on the _back_ of the device to personalize your equipment, and don’t protect the screen at all. You would still need a regular case to protect the Kindle as a whole.

  2. Good point, Sean. It seems a little silly for the Kindle, but then again, it *would* be more colorful.

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