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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
I was really hoping this cover was going to be "it" for me. I currently have the Patagonia cover (which I love) but wanted something a bit "nicer." I put my Kindle in this cover for 2 weeks and although it did not "crack" my Kindle, it certainly left deep scratches and knicks along the side where the hinges clipped into the Kindle. No one will see but me, but STILL! I was afraid over time it would damage it more. What drew me to this, was the elastic on the cover, which I did like. By the way, the Patagonia cover is the way to go when travelling. It is well padded, water resistant and fit into a carry-on nicely. I just ordered the M-Edge platform for my "nicer" cover...hopefully this one will be the one I am looking for. I would definitely NOT buy any cover with the hinges ever again. If you want to protect your Kindle, get a cover that holds it in with elastic edges.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2010
Just got the black one. I have an M-Edge Platform cover in 'sapphire'; wanted something a little more grownup in appearance for the commute, since I don't really use my booklight in transit.

For my purpose, this is the perfect cover. The overall styling with the pebbled leather gives it a 40's vintage appearance -- grown up and serious, but cool -- not corporate. The cover is pretty rigid. The little channel that holds the strap (which is like a bungee), works well to keep the strap neatly in place. This cover is exactly as I had imagined it would be: except that it's a little more padded, which makes it even better; and it's *very* lightweight. I just threw it onto the not-very-accurate kitchen scale. It weighs about 6-3/8 oz. (180g) -- even lighter than I'd expected; but it's still very slim despite having more padding than I'd expected. It is only very slightly larger in dimensions than the Kindle, and fits the middle pocket of my small messenger bag perfectly.

The lining is heathered charcoal, and is more synthetic flannel-like than suede-like. What's especially good about the color, is that it seems unlikely to show hand-grime over time. I like how it looks with the device, because it's closer in color to the words than it is to the page background.

As another reviewer noted, it would be difficult to mistake the back for the front. I agree with that statement. This cover does have the same hinge system as the original Amazon cover, and comes with an explicit warning not to lift the back cover. But this design also provides the means of preventing the famous 'evil accident', if one is conscientious about using the strap. The strap holds the cover closed firmly enough that if one does lift the back rather than the front, it doesn't really 'lift' independently; and if desired one can also read with the strap over the 'free' edge of the Kindle. It doesn't interfere with any buttons, and the tab situates perfectly as a place to rest one's thumb, if one happens to hold the device in one's right hand.

The *front* cover folds back neatly -- almost like reading without a cover, except that the device won't slide around.

The cover does have a strong chemical smell right now, as I expected it probably would coming right out of the box. I expect that to dissipate over time -- it's still quite new. I plan to leave it open to air out for a while and keep my nose *away*. I'm not worried about this.

Oh. And -- the packaging it came in is quite nice. I'd call it 'giftable', even. Harmonious with the original Kindle packaging.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2011
WARNING: this item will crash your Kindle. The metal hooks which slide into the side cause the Kindle to crash and reboot. When you leave the Kindle down then go to wake it up, instead of waking it reboots from scratch. As soon as you take your Kindle out of this cover, it behaves normally. I am returning the cover to Amazon: it's a real shame because I loved the cleanness of the attachment (no little straps over the corners of the Kindle) - but what an incredible design flaw. So the question is: why is it still on sale?! There are loads of 1 star reviews here and independent forums elsewhere full of people wondering what's wrong with their Kindles. Get it off the market until the metal hooks are replaced with ones which don't conduct electricity.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2010
The smell, the feel, the color, the strap I expected.
But this cover caused my Kindle to crack where the brackets attach to the kindle.
I've owned this cover for almost four months now and Amazon is replacing my Kindle because of this damage.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2010
The cover is nice. When I made he purchase I was already worried about the hooks(hinges), i decided those "accidents were user caused." and ordered anyway. to my shock i noticed small cracks or indentations around the slots base from simply putting the cover on! I will be keeping an eye on them and see if they grow as it could simply be scratched paint(caused by the hinges) and an illusion.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2010
I ordered my wife the original Kindle cover and it is great, nice soft leather that folds back flat with ease for reading. When I got my own Kindle I thought I would order one as well only to find out that they weren't shipping them anymore and that the only option left was this "newer" version. I ordered it and was optimistic that it would be just as good as the original, even though it has been receiving numerous negative reviews. My mistake. It fits the Kindle perfectly just like the original one but that is where its good points end. The leather is stiffer and not as nice to the feel. It actually feels like fake leather that is embossed. Its also very stiff like cardboard. The strap was a pain and had to fold over the backside when you want to read your Kindle. Although you can fold the cover over flat it isn't easy because the leather isn't soft. It made a crackle noise and sounded like the internal material was cracking. I don't think this is an improvement on what was already a great product. I shipped mine back the same day I got it and have been trying to find a decent original one ever since. I hope Amazon intends on giving its customers the choice of getting the original cover again. There hasn't been any literature to suggest that the original is being discontinued but due to its unavailability it makes you wonder.
I would stick with the original cover if you can get one. Amazon...IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!!

Having said that, Amazon is still a great company and has great customer service. The return process was easy and my money was returned promptly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
This cover causes some Kindles to freeze. I had to return one Kindle because it became inoperable before I figured out the case was causing it to malfunction. I was sent a replacement Kindle, which also started having trouble until I read this article:

http://www.amazon.com/cover-causes-Kindle-freeze-reboot/forum/Fx12U61UWYSO3UY/Tx17O3815XVEMVM/1/ref=cm_cd_fp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B003DZ163E

Don't buy this case!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2011
Being new to Kindle, didn't know how it was supposed to work - but knew that it shouldn't be rebooting while reading, take forever to turn on, lose a charge within 2 days and have various other issues. At first, I blamed the charging that I did on an international flight, but it kept having issues once I was back in the States.

Finally called customer service today and it turns out that it is the cover (without light) that is causing this. Why Amazon continues to sell a cover that causes issues is beyond me, but they do. DON'T BUY IT. Now, the good thing is that customer service has now been authorized to refund your money automatically AND give you a $25 credit so that you can purchase the lighted cover at no additional expense (other than the time to call them and to fruit around with the whole deal).

So, if you are having issues, get on the phone to customer support and get your new cover. Throw this one out.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2010
I ordered a kindle and the cover at the same time. The cover arrived and my kindle was delayed for 2 months.

Once I received the kindle (new version, graphite color) I discovered the kindle cover does not fit - the 'hooks' in the cover are spaced differently and the kindle will not attach.

The real kicker is that I am not able to return the cover because my time expired -- even though there was no way to know it would not fit, that it is advertised to fit - until the kindle arrived months later.

NOT a happy customer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2011
When my Kindle started crashing every 5-15 minutes I tried everything I could to fix the problem until I finally gave up and called customer support. I was very surprised when they told me that this was probably caused by the cover! Sure enough, as soon as I took off the cover my Kindle started working beautifully again.

Apparently the hooks can cause a short circuit that will make the Kindle crash and restart repeatedly. It doesn't happen to everyone though, so maybe you'll get lucky. I wouldn't recommend it.
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