I Highly recommend you buy the case with this Kindle. Just the simple Amazon case. THIS IS A TRUE STORY. I accidently dropped my kindle from my balcony located on the 15th floor of my high-rise condo. This kindle dropped 15 floors onto a asphalt parking lot. It hit so hard the kindle bounced out of the case and landed a few feet from the case. Results?.....ZERO DAMAGE. Kindle works fine and the case had not a scratch. I went down to get it simply to clean up the mess I thought it made, I was amazed of the outcome. Lucky? YES, but the point is....it survived a 15 floor drop!!