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I have a review for the kobo, and for those of you who haven't read it, overall I was not very impressed. But my mom wanted a case to go with it, to protect it encase it got dropped or anything like that.
Anyway, I got this case from Ebay, for around £5 (which honestly feels like an absolute bargain, because a week later the seller raised the price to £10) including delivery.
The item came, and is made out of a sort of "leather". Most "leather" cases are pretty aweful, but this leather is genuinely soft, and feels rugged. I think what they have done is rather than try to go for 100% leather, which really is not ideal, they have put some plastic in the mix to make it softer, and more rugged. For some of you that may seem like a negative, but trust me it is well done in this case. This leather "wrap" has got something underneath the leather to maintain its rigidity (I have a sneaking suspicion that at this price, it may well be cardboard or plastic), which holds the cover in place. It does a pretty good job, as this thing has not so much as deformed in about a year- a year and a half of usage in our household!
Then inside the case, there are some plastic inserts, with a sort of leather/velvet border between them. To insert your kobo, you just simply slide it in under the leather border. It takes a while, and its a very snug fit. You do not need to lock your kobo in place or anything like that. When I first saw it I was worried that the kobo would "fall out" if you held it the wrong way, but again I was wrong, it really does not let the kobo move at all. The "border" has a sort of velvet underside which is very "rough" without damaging the kobo, so you get lots of friction between the case and the reader. I though it was pretty good!
Finally, there are lots of little holes in places for things like the charger, so you do not have to worry about that, and there is also a place to store pens and paper on the "lid" side of the case. A feature that some of you may find handy if you take your kobo on the train or something like that.
Overall, the case feels very well made, and very robust, and I really do think it would do a good job protecting your kobo. I don't think it is possible to scratch the Kobo inside with this case on, but I did not feel like dropping my kobo down some stairs to see how well it would resist that...
I would recommend this product, but oddly I cannot recommend the kobo reader it protects, so I am unsure whether to say buy this or do not buy this. I guess if you already have a kobo reader, and you are looking for a case, this is the one for you!
As soon as I had bought my Kobo Touch eReader I knew I would have to get a case for it because of its delicate feeing nature and feeling that the touch screen may become easily damaged and once that happened it would be of no use whatsoever.
Having had a recent Amazon voucher courtesy of Dooyoo I decided to buy one off there, now Amazon do not actually sell Kobo products due to their rivalry with the Kindle. But cases for the Kobo equipment are available from private sellers. The case I settled on was purple and cost me £7.99 including delivery.
The key design of this Kobo Touch case is that it is shaped like a wallet and opens like a book. The case is slightly bigger than the Kobo Touch itself having dimensions of 166 mm length x 115 mm width and approximately 12 mm depth, this allows for it to be compact and flush to the Kobo but at the same time protecting all of its corners from potential bangs.
So the case is made of purple coloured leather that goes lovely with the Lilac Kobo Touch eReader, it is quite a deep purple and has a mottles texture with purple coloured stitching around the edges. It is not real 100% genuine leather but I was not expecting this anyway for the price, though I did notice some sellers marketing it as real leather. The inside of the case has a nice velvety feel to it and you know your Kobo is going to be well protected.
The wallet is held together by a magnetic clip located on a flap on the side of the case, this is a very strong magnet and you have no worries about it coming open of its own accord. When you open the wallet the right hand side is where your Kobo Touch sits. There are four very tight purple corner tabs that slot over the corners of the Kobo. On first glace I was slightly worried about how it would hold securely, but it is both secure and stylish. The only problem with this case is that these tabs cover the On/Off button slightly, but I don't think that would put me off buying another.
The left hand side of the Kobo case has a purple leather slip pocket, this is to store cloths to clean your Kobo screen and small bits of paper! Nothing else would fit in it because it is so tight to the case, but I guess they had to put something there. The case actually came with two small cleaning cloths and a screen protector, which was a nice added extra. The wallet style case also has the advantage of being able to fold back on itself so you don't have to hold the entire thing open and it also feels more like a book this way.
These Kobo cases are available everywhere (Amazon, Play, John Lewis etc) at varying prices depending on the quality and design. For me I wanted something stylish but most of all secure for my Kobo and this definitely provides that! At £7.99 this was a great buy for me and I would highly recommend them!