Friday, January 18, 2013

Kindle Tips: Inexpensive, highly-rated cases for Kindle Paperwhite. New Utility Kit app. KBook about beating stage-4 cancer, free through Sunday

Moko Cover Case for Kindle Paperwhite with Auto Sleep/Wake and a Lifetime Warranty

Had to post this one.  These prices fluctuate quite a bit.  But at this time, the price for this one is $5.99 and it's eligible for membership shipping which, if you are a member, means free delivery to arrive within 2 days in most places in the U.S.  Canada has other rules for Prime shipping, and I'll go into that this week also.

  This cover has 188 customer reviews with an average rating of 4.6.

 The MoKo also comes with some kind of "Lifetime Warranty" although I haven't seen the fine print.

  I've bought Moko products before and liked them.  I already have the official Amazon Kindle Paperwhite case, which though I thought it expensive is beautiful and thin, the Kindle edges framed perfectly by the recessed case.

RooCASE Ultra Slim
 However, I found that I prefer to read the Paperwhite without using a cover as it's really light that way and it's an ordeal to TRY to take it out of the Amazon case!  So I wound up also getting an inexpensive one from which I can remove the Paperwhite easily.

  In this case, so to speak, I bought a rooCASE Ultra Slim Vegan Leather Folio Case, which has AutoSleep.  I do love the thinness and flexibility of the cover.  This one looks a bit like a photo frame in that the Kindle screen is somewhat recessed in it.  The front cover bends back easily.  In a way, the Kindle is easier to hold in this in that you can slip a thumb or other finger behind the Kindle if you're holding it in your left hand, which makes it seem lighter to hold while reading.

  However, this one, which I had considered inexpensive relative to the $50 Amazon regulars is $14.88 currently.  It also is a product, with the 2 days free shipping in the U.S.

With all of these faux leather cases, there is initially an odor out of the box, and I put any of these by a window for 2 days and the problem goes away.  This one has 132 customer reviews and an average 4.5 stars.  It has no pocket on the left the way the Moko does.  Otherwise it looks exactly the same, up to the opening for the power cord connector and power-on button plus look of the faux leather.

Kindle Fire Hd 7 and 8.9 Inch Standby case w/ autosleep/wake feature
The CaseCrown Ridge Standby Case for the 7" and 8.9" Kindle Fire HD models is currently $20.21 for the 7" (with ) and $15.23 for the 8.9" today (again, these prices fluctuate), BUT there is a shipping cost of $5 on the larger one for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9".  That's right, the price is essentially the same for the cover for the considerably larger 8.9" model as for the one for the 7" model.

 Though there was no Prime shipping eligibility for the larger model, that case came just as quickly, but the $5 shipping was added of course.

 This one uses velcro to hold the screen in place, in either horizontal or vertical mode.  It works reliably for me so far.  It's NOT an ultra-slim case though, but this particular case, unlike another CaseCrown cover, has three solid placement indents so that you can change the angle of the display  More important for me is that it stands up on its own and has flexible angle viewing.

The Amazon cases are more elegant and thinner, but these are more affordable alternatives for those wanting that.

EARLIER blog articles on recent Kindle accessories
The blog article on December 20 includes info on three other cases that have been highly-rated economical options plus info on three wireless bluetooth keyboards that work well with the Kindle Fire HD models.

A new e-Ink Kindles app that's a Swiss knife for Kindle eReaders

Utility Kit
, by Metalgrass Software - with 7 Applications for Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Touch, and Basic (NoTouch) Kindle.

  Tools include: Calculator, Stopwatch, Countdown timer, World clocks, Calendar, Units conversion, and a Notepad.  Metalgrass prices it at $1.99.

The C Card and Me - How I beat stage IV cancer (to a pulp)

2nd Edition, by Ali Gilmore, illustrated by Bradley Keen.

  $0.00 through Sunday Jan 20, 2013.  Described as a very short, conversational and "irreverent" guide to getting through treatment for Stage 4 colon cancer, at first written for another person she heard was having to start the process.  A guide "designed to be read in a day."
  Text changes from the 1st edition were "made to Chapter 3 and to the Epilogue."
  "About the book" page
  I saw the PR release and have not read the guide, but it's free, is on a topic that'll be of interest to some facing a tough time, and it's a no-risk 'buy' -- the sample will give an idea though.

Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links.
NOTES on newer Kindles.
Updated Kindle Fire Basic  7" tablet - $159
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB - $199/$249
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16/32GB - $299/$369
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G 32/64GB - $499/$599
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $69/$89
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - $119/$139
Kindle Paperwhite, 3G - $179/$199
Kindle Keybd 3G - $139/$159, Free but slow web
Kindle DX - $379 $299, Free, slow web
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £69
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £89 Refurb'd
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi
Kindle Paperwhite 3G, UK
Kindle Fire 2, UK
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB, UK

Canada - Amazon Canada
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - $89
OTHER International
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $89
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB

France Boutique Kindle
Deutschland - Kindle Store
Italia - Kindle Store
Spain - Tienda Kindle
Brazil - Amazon Brazil
China - Amazon China
Japan - Amazon Japan

Check often: Temporarily-free recently published Kindle books
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.  Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

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  1. I bought the Moko $5.99 case and really didn't like it at all, and returned it. The wake/sleep feature is poorly implemented, and doesn't always put it to sleep, the alignment has to be perfect. I think it would be constantly waking and sleeping if it were rattling around in a cargo pocket or purse. I've no doubt it provides a lot of protection from damage, but it is pretty bulky as well, and I think it makes PW less pleasant to hold, and it is not so easy to slip it off and on.

    I'm not sure I'll even try another cover. The screen feels sufficiently scratch resistant to go without.

    There are tons of options on eBay, including some that strongly resemble Amazon's covers.

  2. Tom, I thought they had fixed that with some disc-like thing they insert.

    They didn't offer to replace it? I guess you just returned it w/o saying anything. That one had enough positive comments for a mention in highly-rated very-low-cost covers that I mentioned it although I bought the RooCase for $15 and really like it. It's thinner, lighter than avg and it's very easy to take the Kindle out.

    I'm not afraid of breakage but am worried about scratching (when it's in my purse, which is 'always' when I'm out).

    Thanks for letting us know that they are still sending out covers without adequate shut-off. You should let them know (post a review at Amazon too?).

  3. I purchased one of the MoKo covers as well as a Fintie Folio case and found that I prefer the Fintie. I liked how it secured the Paperwhite and also the cover's texture much better.

  4. A question about autosleep: I put my paperwhite in screen saver mode or the battery life is too short. Is there a case that won't defeat the screen saver mode?

    1. dave,
      Screen saver mode is just sleep mode. A cover shutting off the light is not taking it out of sleep mode - it's still in sleep mode, so you should be fine. The light turns itself off after awhile anyway. And the image is still there. There ARE covers that don't instantly cause sleep mode upon closing if it wasn't already in sleep mode, but they're not popular.

  5. Question about Kindle cases: When I bought y original Kindle I was able to get a case which held the kindle on one sie and had slots for credit cards etc on the other side.
    I am currently looking at the Paperwhite 3G but I can't find a similar case.
    Any suggestions? The original case was absolutely wonderful and an efficient way to carry everything I needed without having to carry around a purse. I would be very appreciative of any suggestions as to where I can get a similar item for my new paperwhite.

    1. Peach1445, I have a link to accessories by Kindle model, at

      For the Paperwhite, when I clicked on that, it led me to a long list of covers. On the 2nd page of Paperwhite covers, there's a Verso Prologue with a pocket, but it's not like the ones with slots for credit cards. But you'll need to click on each one of the images on the many page to see the inside of each covers, unfortunately.

      Hope you find something good. I can't imagine that this kind of cover is not offered for the Paperwhite...

      Let me know how it goes, if you can.


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