If anyone has one of the covers that cause reboots, Amazon has been giving refunds on that and have also often added credit toward buying the lighted version of that cover if the customer has reported problems earlier. The Amazon post giving instructions and phone numbers to use, for U.S. Kindle owners, are in the earlier post.
I just saw an article on what Amazon UK is doing. The title of the article is "Amazon blames Kindle cover problem on plastic clips." ExpertReviews' David Ludlow writes:
' Posted on 11 Jan 2011 at 11:48
Amazon customer services in the UK have told us that the Kindle leather cover problems, which cause the eReader to reboot and do other strange things, is caused by the plastic clips on the standard case.
The lighted leather case, which uses metal clips in order to conduct power from the Kindle to the light is immune to these problems...
As such, Amazon.co.uk will credit affected users with the £50.99 required to buy the Lighted Leather Cover (UK US) instead.
From our experience, the process is a painless one. Just make sure that you phone the UK phone number, as the US site will attempt to refund in dollars instead of pounds. '
Since this problem is still being reported in the U.S. forums, this is a posting that includes U.S. Kindle owners as well.
U.S. residents can find the U.S. Kindle phone numbers for this issue at the earlier blog article that goes into more detail.
The basic non-lighted Amazon cover is $35 U.S. and £30.99 UK, and an added external light that uses separate batteries would cost about $12 to $30 average.
The lighted cover costs $25 additional, does not need separate batteries, and shuts off automatically when the Kindle goes into "sleep mode."
It is a tad heavier because it has the light built in. Bear in mind that the light does not go 'On' until you actually start up the device. It's not an ultra-bright light but some find this better for spouses closeby at night or for airplane use.
Customer Kindle forum message threads discussing the lighted cover:
K3's Lighted Cover Saves the Evening! and Lighted cover too bulky for me
NOTE: If your web browser (especially Firefox) drops you onto the Amazon forum list of topics instead of bringing you to the forum thread, click on Refresh or Reload to get the message thread itself -- or click on the link again. I don't know why a 'retry' is often needed, but it is.
Here's the CNet Review - Amazon's secret weapon: Kindle Lighted Leather Case.
UPDATE - 1/13/11, 8:13 PM (Original posting 1/13, 8:28 AM)
I'm adding below, a section taken from the first Kindleworld blog entry made about the non-lighted case problems, as it gives alternative links to more types of Kindle covers.
' Side note: A couple of Kindle owners have solved the problem for themselves by putting electrical tape (or even a bit of scotch tape) around the upper hinge's contact point.
The non-problem lighted-cover costs $25 more, and while many are happy with it, as seen in various forum threads and a good added light will cost an average $15 or so, this will be too much for some even if they have liked the case quite a bit -- and there are less expensive non-lighted cases. One example is the Acase, a platform type that costs about $11. While the quality won't be as high (as pointed out in the few customer reviews from confirmed buyers), people still give it 4 stars out of 5 and, at the least, it will keep the Kindle safe while making a decision on a better one. Others are planning to accept the refund and apply it to the lighted case.
But there are a plethora of Kindle-3 covers from which to choose.
I should add that I use a Cole-Haan with hinges but it has caused no reboots and the Kindle is always in the cover; however, it's expensive and I got it when there was a large discount on it briefly. So any hinge problems would be with certain batches of the official Amazon Kindle non-lighted cover. '
UPDATE2 - 1/13/11, 8:28 PM
Here are less-expensive Kindle 3 covers for those living in the UK, who use the Amazon UK Kindlestore (not available to non-UK customers).
Kindle 3's (UK: Kindle 3's), DX Graphite
Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or highest-rated ones
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