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Do you prefer your Kindle in a case or naked?

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Initial post: Jun 6, 2013, 12:55:59 AM PDT
jp7395 says:
When I bought my first Kindle, the keyboard model, I was hellbent on getting a case and I found one for cheap that I thought I liked well enough. But I found myself taking my Kindle out to hold it while I read, and when the case made permanent scratches all up and down the sides, I decided I didn't want a case, I wanted a sleeve. I didn't buy one, I made one, and then when I bought the Paperwhite I just cut it shorter and mended it and it's perfect.

This may be weird, but I like to run my fingers up and down the bezel of the Paperwhite while I read (I like the smooth texture of the plastic) and across the rubber backing. I can't do that with a case and the sleeve I made protects the Kindle from dust and scratches, but can still hold my Kindle while I read.

Do you guys prefer your Kindle in a case all the time or naked?

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 1:01:35 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
naked, but i keep them in sleeves when I'm not reading - all of mine are in Timbuk2 sleeves like this one:

different colors for different kindles

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 1:48:05 AM PDT
I like the feel of the naked kindle, but prefer the security of the case. I've got a vertical flip case, which will double as a stand, but the main reason I like it is because I find the case easier to hold firmly and more protective when I fumble and drop it (which I do).

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 2:22:30 AM PDT
Anomaly says:
I prefer the weight and feel of the naked Kindle, but realistically I'm terrified of damaging it when it's out of the case. This is mostly because mine is the Fire HD 8.9" and it's quite a beast to have unprotected from scratching, knocking over, messing up the finish on the device, etc. It also feels far easier to drop while naked than while in the case, likely because it's thinner.

The problem I've found is that the official case, while the absolute best option I could find, adds a bit too much to the bulk of it for comfortable holding. My hands get tired quickly when holding it without being able to 'cheat' and let the standing cover rest a bit on some sort of surface. Standing it entirely, of course, makes typing and gaming all but impossible, but it's great for youtube and other video streaming and I do love that benefit of having a case. (The automatic sleep and wake with cover close/open is also a great benefit.)

But still... the naked Kindles feel better. If I had one of the small ones for reading only, I wouldn't use a case at all. I've held one before, and they're quite a perfect fit in the hand while out of case, a bit cumbersome while in one.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 2:34:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2013, 2:35:20 AM PDT
jp7395 says:
As for the safety concern of reading with my naked Kindle, I only ever take my Kindle out of its sleeve when I want to read, and I am almost always either sitting down on my couch or in my bed, soft cushy surfaces. I don't read standing up. I like to hold my Kindle with both hands on either side with my arms resting on something. I don't understand how people read with only one hand. It's uncomfortable to read with just one arm extended, in my opinion. But even with my safe reading settings, on the couch or bed, I did snap my Kindle Keyboard nearly in half when I was crawling across my bed to get something and my knee... well, you get the picture. That was actually when I decided to buy the Paperwhite.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 2:43:42 AM PDT
Anomaly says:
I can definitely see reading with a naked Kindle and no major risk of dropping; I don't like to read with my device one-handedly, either. That's part of why I kind of want one of the small, books-only Kindles for reading purposes.

Unfortunately, games and typing on my KFHD require one-handed use often and the few times I've tried that with it naked had me seriously scared I would drop it or otherwise do harm. I didn't feel quite as uncertain with my grip on a family member's KFHD 7", though, so I think it's just a case of the 8.9" being too large (for my hands) to get a secure hold on it.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 2:58:26 AM PDT
Tam B. says:
I have gel skins on all my kindles and find that these protect the kindle from scratches. I had a gorgeous cover for my first kindle (KK) but found it was just too heavy. Now I just keep my kindle in my handbag with the screen to the lining and it's all good.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 3:33:55 AM PDT
Arieswoman says:
I keep my KFHD in a easel case because it is nice for playing games. My KF Paperwhite is not in a case but I have a sleeve when I put it into my purse to take with me to various appointments.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013, 4:21:39 AM PDT
S. Prewitt says:
Re: "This may be weird, but I like to run my fingers up and down the bezel of the Paperwhite while I read (I like the smooth texture of the plastic) and across the rubber backing."

Yes, that is definitely weird.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013, 5:36:57 AM PDT
Pamela says:
Nekid! :)

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 5:46:20 AM PDT
Mine are all in hard-back covers, because 1) I'm a klutz, and I drop them regularly, and 2) I carry them around in my bag. I find the covers make it easier to hold, depending on where I am. I mean, I hold it differently when I'm in my armchair, compared to when I'm sitting on a barstool in my kitchen, to reading in bed.

The mCover Case is what I have on all of them.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 6:05:56 AM PDT
The gardener says:
I keep my Kindle in a leather cover . She is more comfortable that way because she feels bloated from the 546 books inside her. : O No ,really.....the leather cover is textured and it is easier for me to hold onto without it slipping out of my arthritic hands.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 6:34:48 AM PDT
All of my Kindles have skins. It's the fastest way to tell them apart. The basic - the one that's with me at all times - has a nice, sturdy envelope to travel in, but no way do I want the added weight of a cover while I'm reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013, 6:35:03 AM PDT
Sarida says:
When I got my KK, I thought like you! I couldn't stand the thought of putting this beautiful sleek machine in a case!

When it croaked and I got the Touch, I just couldn't fall in love with it.

Then I was recommended this case:

Marware Eco-Flip Genuine Leather Case Cover for Kindle, Pink (fits Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle, and Kindle Touch)

Now, I LOVE the Touch! I absolutely cannot explain the difference the case made. It's probably a streak of weirdness. I don't know. But now I can't wait to read!

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 6:56:49 AM PDT
My first Kindle was a KindleDX and I didn't get a case for it but I didn't have it long either. When I got my first 6" Kindle, a Kindle Keyboard, I ordered a case within a week. Handling the KK was, for me, quite awkward without bare Kindle. My Kindles go with me when I leave home so they're all in cases. I find they're much easier for me to hold onto when they're in a case. When I am reading while I eat I like a case that holds the Kindle at a nice angle for reading with it farther from the plate than I can do with it naked. So, I go with a case, always.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 7:12:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2013, 6:42:44 AM PDT
MariaA37 says:
When I got my Kindle Fire HD 8.9 I was fine using it without a case, but then I bought the Origami RooCase and I found that I enjoyed it much more with the case.

Also, I figured maybe I should get a screen protector but I haven't had any luck getting all the bubbles out so now I have the plastic that the screen protector came in protecting the screen. It's cut to the same size and even has a cut out for the camera, and even though it has to be changed every few weeks it's cheap enough that I can do it.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 7:31:12 AM PDT
Charlie says:
I leave my Paperwhite naked when in use and around the house.

When leaving home I pop it into a simple sleeve my daughter sewed for me. The homemade sleeve is a simple one made of a cloth outer cover and a felt-like inner lining, with two plastic snaps for closure. It protects against scratching, but not against things like crushing or bending.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 9:06:33 AM PDT
Soulrider says:
I find the Kindle Fire HD 7" to be a bit to slippery to safely hold on to if not in a relatively safe/padded reading environment such as a couch or bed (as other's have mentioned). I have my KFHD in a rooCASE I believe it's called. It's a cheaper faux leather case which has the magnets in the cover to one, keep the cover closed and two, turn the device on and off when you open/close the case similar to the OEM Amazon case does. The front flap/cover folds over the back and then, due to the magnets in the cover, folds into interesting shapes to form a stand so you can have the device supported in a few different ways and angles. Sometimes I'll take the Kindle out of the case if reading on the couch or bed but many times I just leave it in the case for extra grip on the device. It's very inexpensive case (link below) which allows for use of the volume, on/off switches as well as access to the micro USB, micro HDMI, headphone and microphone. It also has an elastic loop for storage of a stylus.

rooCASE Origami Dual-View (Black) Vegan Leather Folio Case Cover for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Inch Tablet - Support Landscape / Portrait / Typing Stand / Auto Sleep and Wake

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013, 9:16:57 AM PDT
♥ Ann says:
I used covers for the 1st- and 2nd-generation Kindles (I had a very cool Strangedog dragonfly cover for the K1). When I got the Touch I found that I preferred using it without a cover. I got this sleeve for it, which I now use for my Paperwhite - BUILT Neoprene Kindle Slim Sleeve Case, Vine, fits Kindle Paperwhite, Touch, and Kindle.

I use this cover for my Fire HD 8.9" - MoKo Case for Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2012 - Slim Lightweight Smartshell Stand Cover Case for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Inch 2012 Gen Tablet, INDIGO (NOT Fits HDX 8.9 2013 GEN or HDX 8.9 2014 GEN)

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 9:17:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2013, 9:21:15 AM PDT
K. R. says:
"Do you prefer your Kindle in a case or naked?"

I've got two Kindle Keyboards.. The one I carry around with me is in a case, the other that stays on the nightstand is naked...

M-Edge Black Nylon Canvas Latitude Jacket for Amazon Kindle Fire

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013, 9:19:36 AM PDT
Pamela says:
I like the feel of the PW in my hands, too.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 9:28:35 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
I don't take my kindle keyboard out in public naked (eek)! I have a leather cover to protect it when it's in my purse. I don't use the cover at home when I'm reading, though. The kindle fits so well in my hand that I don't feel I need any covering for it. My worst safety problem (or fear) is falling asleep in bed and rolling on it or dropping it!

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 9:32:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2013, 9:33:52 AM PDT
Melisann says:
I have this beautiful cover on my kindle Verso Prologue Case Cover for Kindle Fire, Red (does not fit Kindle Fire HD) LOVE it! I get so many compliments on it

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 9:37:26 AM PDT
In a case. I want that level of protection, and don't want to have to keep up with a sleeve. The case adds a bit of weight, which makes it feel more substantial. I've tried reading it naked, but it felt too exposed and fragile.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 9:46:58 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
Naked is almost always better.....
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