15 Best Kindle Covers & Sleeves: For Kindle 3

15 Best Kindle Covers & Sleeves: For Kindle 3

Sarah Coffey
Jan 13, 2011

The best-selling Amazon product of all time, the Kindle 3 has kick-started an industry of newer, better, and more elaborate covers and accessories. If you received a new Kindle this holiday and you're still looking for the perfect cover, here's a roundup of 15 styles for everyone from classic lit lovers to minimalists to Renaissance Faire-goers.

For Nighttime Readers

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By far the most popular Kindle cover on the market, Amazon's version comes with a built-in retractable light that draws power from the Kindle itself (no batteries needed). Available in 7 colors, the Kindle 3 Lighted Leather Cover sells for $60.

For Classic Lit Lovers

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The Kate Spade line comes in pricier/shinier patent leather or less expensive coated canvas. The coated canvas covers ($85 each) come disguised as 3 different 'faux' classic novels: The Great Gatsby, Great Expectations, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

For Note-Takers

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Their covers for 2nd and 3rd Generation Kindles come with elastic bands to hold your e-reader in place. A suede lining protects the screen, and a built-in notebook is helpful for people who like to write while they're reading. Available via Amazon, starting at $48.

For Cooks and Recipe Readers

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Their Kindle 3 Covers ($30 each) come with a built-in stand, so you can place the e-book on a counter or table. According to Amazon reviewers, the adjustable arm/stand is ideal for people who use their Kindles to look up recipes in the kitchen.

For Leather Lovers

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This handsome cover made from tanned artisan leather sells for $69. Like the Moleskine, RH's cover includes elastic bands — a feature that some people don't like since the Kindle tends to slip a little more than with the hinge system used in Amazon's version.

For Fashionistas

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DVF's Kindle Cover is designed to pass for a small purse. Made from cotton canvas with a twill blend interior, it has a pocket for business cards. The DVF canvas clutch is available in three patterns and sells for $85.

For Traditionalists

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Hand-crafted in San Francisco, DODOcase's covers ($50) are made using traditional bookbinding techniques. A faux leather cover and bamboo holster make the Kindle feel like a hardcover book, while an elastic strap keeps it closed.

For Busy and/or Messy People

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If you want something simple that you can quickly slip on or off your Kindle (sans clasp or zipper), Built makes waterproof and stainproof neoprene cases in seven bright colors and patterns. This Scatter Dot Sleeve sells for $30.

For Etsy Shoppers

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They have a TON of handmade Kindle sleeves, many of them available in custom sizes, patterns, and styles. This one from Philadelphia-based RogueTheory comes in specific sizes for Kindle 1, 2, or 3, and sells for $15.

For Expressionists

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If you're not worried about protecting your screen and you just want to add some style to your Kindle, try a decal. Online shop DecalGirl has over 500 e-reader skins — everything from hot pink polka dots to faux bois. Shown: Dark Rosewood Skin, $15.

For Travelers

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If you're going to be traveling a lot with your Kindle, a soft protective cover can keep it from getting scratched in your suitcase. This Timbuk2 Nylon Kindle Sleeve ($30) is made with a scratch-proof Trico lining and high-density foam construction "for better impact absorption."

For Preppies

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One of the preppiest designs we found is this protective pleated design from Belkin, $30. Available in four colors, it's like a penny loafer for your Kindle. The zippered case is made from scratch-resistant neoprene with a soft, padded surface.

For Practical People

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The M-Edge GO! ($35) is what you should buy if you don't care too much about looks and you want something affordable and functional. Made from faux leather in 8 available colors, it's similar to the Amazon model and it's compatible with a booklight (sold separately).

For Minimalists

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This Felt Sleeve ($48) by Byrd and Belle is made from 1/8" thick, one-hundred-percent wool felt with a leather clasp. Each piece is hand-crafted, and there's a short waiting list for new made-to-order Kindle covers.

For Romantics & Renaissance Faire-goers

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If you want a Kindle cover that will go with your Renaissance Faire costume, this is the ticket. Made from leather, these felt-lined covers are decorated with Celtic knots, romantic landscapes, fairies, and dragons. Shown: Medici Kindle 3 Cover, $69.

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Top photo: Kate Spade's 'Great Gatsby' Kindle Cover at Amazon.com

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