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Subject: e-reader covers
Date Posted: 1/23/2014 6:25 PM ET
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Here's a question for all of you that take your e-readers everywhere with you: do you use a cover for your device?  I am specifically wondering about e-ink readers; is a cover a necessity?  I'm hoping to cut down on the weight I carry around with me due to shoulder issues.  What say you?

Date Posted: 1/23/2014 6:59 PM ET
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Eink readers are fragile and a sturdy case or cover or thick sleeve is a necessity, IMO. Just try to find a light weight one. Which ereader do you need a cover for?



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Date Posted: 1/23/2014 7:15 PM ET
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I always have covers on mine. Even though I have a purse with a nice, padded pocket that doesn't have anything but my eReader in it there's always a chance of it getting munched. Stuff jiggling around can scratch it, and they can certainly be broken. So far, I've not had one scratched or broken.

Some people take the chance and seem to be doing fine without them. Others don't like the feel of the machine with a case on it so won't put one on for any reason.

It's all up to you and what kind of use you give it. (And if it does break or get scratched, can you afford a replacement?)

But I tend to be pretty paranoid about scratches.

 

Date Posted: 1/23/2014 7:39 PM ET
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I have owned 3 Nooks. I had a cover on the first and hated the weight. I went with the neoprene sleeve for the first NST and it worked fine for my purse but I read from it naked. Until... I was carrying it down the stairs and tripped and dropped the naked Nook on the hardwood floor. It was toast. Now, it's only $79 to replace so I wouldn't have out a cover on the new one, but hubby freaked out and it was easier to get a cover than to fight LOL. I bought mine on eBay and it is bare bones and perfect. I'll try to hunt down a link.

Date Posted: 1/23/2014 7:42 PM ET
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I'm also paranoid about scratches so all my ereaders have covers to protect them in my purse.

My Sony Touch I have an official Sony cover, love it, the ereader hinges into it like a book.  Picked it up cheap on Ebay.

My Nook HD I have a padded cover, also purchased on Ebay.  I have a couple of other covers that fit it but are more sized for my old Nook Color.  The HD fits in there though.  Got those on Ebay as well, such a wealth of covers there for not much money at all, I don't think I've paid more than $10 for any cover I have.

Date Posted: 1/23/2014 8:11 PM ET
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Thanks for the replies everyone.  The cover would be for the Nook Simple Touch.  The other Nooks are safe and sound in various covers, but they do add weight.  So maybe a neoprene sleeve would be best?  I'd better take a look at my options because I don't like scratches, either.

Date Posted: 1/23/2014 8:44 PM ET
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What is wrong with PBS these days? Yet another post of mine got eaten.

Yes a sturdy sleeve would be best. That Nook is a great one to hold and use naked. I tried a case on one and it made the whole thing huge. I couldn't stand it.

Date Posted: 1/23/2014 9:27 PM ET
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I got one of the silicone skins for my nook touch from eBay.  Gives it padded corners.  (Our family has the Nooks color coded with different colored skins.)  Then I put it in a sleeve when I'm traveling or going out.  Actually, I often put two readers in one sleeve.  

updated once I figured out the name.  Skin. 



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Date Posted: 1/23/2014 9:53 PM ET
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Here's the case I bought currently on sale at ebay for $6.74 free shipping. They have it in many colors.

Date Posted: 1/24/2014 7:12 AM ET
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I have/have had several of the silicone shells for various devices. Some are better than others. I had a really nice one for my first gen Kindle Fire. I have an awesome one by Poetic for my Nexus 7.2. I got one for my Kindle Touch that isn't so nice.

I have stacks of covers, cases, sleeves, pouches, and that sort of thing....if anyone is looking for an after-market Kindle Paperwhite case, let me know. I have two or three of them, and no use for them.

Date Posted: 1/24/2014 5:22 PM ET
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I rebuild Kindle eInk readers.  I've had over 100 torn apart.  I would be much more concerned about breaking the screen than preventing scratching.  Anything that puts uneven pressure on the Kindle, like carrying it in a bag or purse is just asking to end up with a shattered screen.  Sleeves offer little protection against this.  A case that sturdily snaps onto the back of the kindle with a rigid cover that folds over the front offers much more protection.

I've had a Nook Simple Touch apart.  Internally they have a very sturdy metal plate that greatly protects from screen damage from flexing of the Nook, but that wouldn't help if something hit the screen.

Date Posted: 1/25/2014 2:52 AM ET
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I have covers for both my Nook Color and my new Kindle Fire HD. Can't imagine not having one but I did learn with my first cover - a very expensive leather book cover - that some are very cumbersome. I like my lighter weight leather cover that I have for my Kindle much better. My Nook Color isn't sold anymore so maybe sometime I might have to searth on eBay to see if they have any different ones that will fit it.

Date Posted: 1/25/2014 6:57 AM ET
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Susan, I'm sure they do. Especially if you  check out the ones that ship straight from China. Some of the various device covers from there are unbelievably inexpensive.

Date Posted: 2/3/2014 10:52 PM ET
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On my K3 I use an elcheepo cover $4!!  On my Fire HD None but it sits on my desk most of the time.  

Date Posted: 2/9/2014 12:16 PM ET
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A cover is necessary.  I've dropped my Nook Glow into my purse a few times without one, and the screen has some minor damage.   It's not obvious unless I have the glowlight on, but when I do, there are three very small bright spots.

The cover I usually use is designed like an envelope, but is made of a light rigid material.  It's an exact fit, with corners and a magnetized fold over flap, so it keeps purse lint out of the power port on the end of the reader.  I haven't seen another one like it anywhere though, including at B&N where I bought it.

Overstock generally has decent prices on covers and accessories.  I just searched for "nook" and around 300 hits came up in the electronics section.