David Lumm is a professional programmer and all round geek with a passion for making technology simple.
This review of the Proporta Kindle cover is the second of two reviews of cases supplied by the device protection experts at Proporta.co.uk.
I really love books, real books, with the smell and the feel and the print and the turning pages. I know that makes me a bad geek, but I can’t help myself. Maybe it comes from having worked in a library or being married to another book nut, but my first choice for reading material would usually be in the printed form. But I also really like my Kindle.
I find myself very conflicted over that sometimes. I love that there’s all the free books and that you can read a ton between charges. I love that you can take an entire library’s worth of books with you. I find that there is a place in my heart for the kindle and the other e-readers out there, but I do like the attempts to make them look more like their analogue counterparts, this product included.
When the case arrived, equally as well packed as the previous review item, I was surprised to see that it wasn’t real leather. Let me clarify, I wasn’t disappointed with what I found, I was surprised that what I was looking at and touching wasn’t the real deal. It’s a very high quality leather-effect finish, including some clever printing that makes it look like a fairly old book. In fact it doesn’t look too dissimilar to an Italian leather notebook that I have.
There is one other way this is similar to my leather notebook, this was handmade. It’s surprising to think that this is priced competitively to standard mass produced covers, often made of a much lower quality material. To make the package even more competitive than it already is, Proporta also throw in a lifetime guarantee!
The case is really lovely to look at; it doesn’t look out of place on a shelf next to your real books and it is nice to hold. It’s a great all-rounder and does everything you expect. It includes the internal pocket that all good eReader cases incorporate, although I’m yet to find a good use for that.
I think it’s safe to say that I really like it, but I do have one small complaint and that is the lack of any mechanism to keep the cover closed. It’s not a big problem, but I would’ve like to have seen an elastic strap or even better some sort of clasp.
So just short of perfection perhaps, but a great way to keep my Kindle reading a secret!
What about you? Are you all digital, or do you still like a sneaky paperback once in a while? And do you prefer you e-reader covers closable?