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Review: Cole Haan Hand-Stained Pebble Grain Leather Cover (for 3rd G Kindle)

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Yes, it feels as good as it looks.

Cole Haan Hand-Stained Pebble Grain Leather Kindle Cover with Hinge (for 3rd Generation Kindle)

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Cole Haan Hand-Stained Pebble Grain Leather Kindle Cover with Hinge (for 3rd Generation Kindle). That's a mouthful of a product name, but if your taste in Kindle covers runs to the luxurious, this one's a worthy contender. However, there are a few things to be aware of before reaching for that credit card.

 

 

Impressions

There's no getting past it. If you like leather and appreciate the look and feel of a leather-bound book, you're going to like this Cole Haan Kindle cover. It exudes quality and luxury. The leather is buttery soft, nicely pebbled and the stitching is perfect, just what you'd expect from a company that's built a reputation for producing high end leather shoes and accessories. Inside is soft goat suede and a leather pocket for holding business cards. It looks beautiful, feels wonderful and even has that new leather smell — although it's not overpowering. You can easily fold the front cover back while reading, or you can hold it open like a traditional book. Leather also wipes clean easily. While it offers a little extra protection for your Kindle (don't drop it or get it wet), this cover is really about looks and adding a tactile element to e-book reading. As a counter to the graphite or white case of Amazon's e-reader, there's nothing that provides a more luxurious contrast.

 

About Those Downsides You Mentioned?

  1. That buttery soft leather feels amazing, but it can be easily scratched. So long as you're okay with your leather cover gaining a little character, then no big deal. But, if you expect it to look as pristine as the day you bought it, you're going to need a cover for your cover or be an exceptionally careful reader.
  2. Although there are some inserts sewn into the cover to offer a bit of stiffness, the soft leather is still pretty floppy. If you are expecting a "hardcover" like experience, this isn't it.
  3. The designer name and top notch materials come at a premium, with this cover costing three times what Amazon charges for its own version of a leather Kindle cover.
  4. While I did not experience this during my testing and the majority of users do not appear to be affected, there are a number of people who report glitches with their Kindles when using this cover, including crashing and quickly depleting battery. The issue appears to be related to the securing clips that lock the cover to the Kindle making contact inside the device.  A defective unit can always be returned, but it's something to be aware of.

 

 

Recommendation

The Cole Haan Kindle cover is without a doubt, the nicest leather cover I have reviewed — for any e-reader. In terms of its tactile appeal — the smell and feel of the leather and the use of suede inside — it's hard to top as a choice for dressing up an inherently cold, plastic device. If you are looking for a leather cover for your 3rd generation Kindle and you're less interested in protection than adding to your overall reading experience by adding a luxurious old school veneer to your digital library, then this cover would make a great choice (in your case, change that 3-star rating to 4-stars).

However, if you want protection for your e-reader, this cover isn't going to do much for you. And if you're on a budget, there are many other leather covers out there that offer a slightly more downscale experience but with a correspondingly lower price tag.

The Cole Haan Hand-Stained Pebble Grain Leather Kindle Cover with Hinge (for 3rd Generation Kindle) is available through Amazon.com for $99.

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