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On this blog we will track down the latest Amazon Kindle news. We will keep you up to date with whats hot in the bestsellers section, including books, ebooks and blogs... and we will also bring you great Kindle3 tips and tricks along with reviews for the latest KindleDX accessories.

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KleverCase for Kindle 3

kindle coverOne of the reservations about getting a Kindle is that it doesn’t have the look and feel of a book.  The opposing argument is that once you get engrossed in reading, you’ll forget what you are reading with.

Manor Bindery, a small family business based in the UK has created some beautiful cases for the Kindle 3 called KleverCases.  These cases are created to maintain the “look and feel” of old books.  I love the flower covers.  There are many classical designs made to order, and a great variety of colors to choose from.

Mason Bindery’s eBay shop has received 100% positive reviews for high quality service and products.  What a neat way to integrate new technologies while still maintaining the integrity of the old familiar books.

 

 

Design Your Own Kindle Cover

I find it highly amusing that the massive wave of gadget shopping produced another branch for shopping – gadget accessories. Not only we like to buy various gadgets to simplify/modernize our lives, but also we are enticed by the idea of dressing up these devices. The gadgets accessories are usually marketed as add-ons to your gadget that either somehow simplify the usage of it, protect it, and/or create a unique look for it.

So, I’m always on the hunt for fun-looking Kindle accessories. I like browsing Etsy for handmade Kindle covers because Etsy sellers consistently come up with fresh and funky-looking ideas.

When I saw M-Edge custom Kindle covers I realized this trend with Kindle covers took one more step further into the market. M-Edge offers a service for you to design your own Kindle 2/Kindle 3 cover.

You have a choice of:
- Uploading your own image;
- Adding a pattern: approximately sixty patterns to choose from;
- Adding color;
- Adding text with a choice of five fonts (Therano Old Style, Collaborate, Andron, Alexandria, and Scriptina); also you can choose the font color.
- And choosing the spine color: only black and brown for now.

Here is the M-Edge Youtube video that illustrates how it works in more details.

The custom Kindle cover costs $40 plus the shipping fee. According to the information posted in FAQ, M-Edge also ships internationally.

Hence, if you are experiencing the creative urge, but do not have time or desire to craft your own Kindle cover, sounds like M-Edge is an interesting option for you.

Handmade Kindle Covers

Leather Kindle CoverIf you are on a shopping spree and really feeling like dressing up your Kindle, then I’d be pleased to help you out. I find that there is something inexplicably charming, when people dress sup their gadgets in handmade accessories. Perhaps, Etsy really triggered this new fad of getting handmade covers for all sorts of gadgets.

Here are some options for unique handmade Kindle covers available via Etsy.

If you are into fancy-pants, leather covers – here is a beautiful orange Kindle cover, shipped from Hungary for $46 for the cover and $6 for shipping.

Merino Wool Kindle CoverIf soft, floral and quite expensive Kindle cover is your style then here is an option for you. That would cost $65 (holy smokes!) and $4.50 for shipping within USA. The same designer is selling a beautiful giraffe with dreamy eyes for the same (very high) price.

If spending $65 on a Kindle cover seems a bit excessive for you, then there are other fantastic options – such as this clutch style with square leather button Kindle cover for $25 with $4.95 shipping within US.

Also, this completely custom made e-reader cover (you have to specify which e-reader you have) – you can choose a button, the type of fabric on the outside and inside of the cover. This cover goes for $29.99 plus $2.50 for shipping within US.

If floral and giraffe designs is not quite your style, here is a very nice grey Kindle sleeve made from merino wool for $39.99 plus $5.50 for shipping. The same designer has a really nice hand dyed leather Kindle cover for $68.

And if you like to pretend like you are holding a hardcover book, while reading from your Kindle, then you might like this style for Kindle case for $34.99 plus $10 shipping within US.

CES 2011 Goodies for Kindle Fans

This year’s CES selection has been really interesting to follow for me.  Everything from Three Dimensional Printers to Smart Grid Homes has come up.  It’s loads of fun.  A couple things in particular popped up that I thought might be interesting to highlight here though, as relates to all us fans of Kindles and Nooks and such!

M-Edge Customized eReader Covers

Going with the name “MyEdge” for the product line, M-Edge is getting set to open up a service allowing customers to have their Kindle, Nook, or iPad cover personalized with whatever photo they want right on the front.  The idea is, you choose a basic cover color, along with any text you want on it, then add in photos, pictures, graphics, etc in whatever pattern works for you.  They are aiming to have these personalized cases printed and shipped in 10-14 days.  The pricing I’ve heard about is surprisingly affordable, with the Kindle cover being just $40, the Nook cover matching that, and the iPad cover costing only $50.  While the service is not quite open yet, if you’re interested you can head to their website and be notified when ordering opens up.

Ion Book Saver Scanner

One of the biggest impediments for many newcomers to the eBook phenomenon has often been that book lovers are very attached to their libraries.  Personally, I’ve come to dread moving for no other reason than that books are heavy when you get a couple thousand together all in one place.  Anyway, when you already own all your favorites, it really doesn’t make much sense to go out and buy them all again just so that they can fit on your Kindle.  This isn’t a move from VHS to DVD where the quality is suddenly going to excite you, they’re books!  The solution that Ion(a company probably best known for their audio converter hardware) has come up with is an interesting looking scanner made specifically for books.

The device as a whole is a little bit bulky, and far from automated.  It’s not going to look at your book and do the work for you.  What you get is a scanner with a surface angled to allow book pages to lie flat without being held down firmly that can supposedly scan both pages of an open book in about a second.  It will come with some form of OCR software to give you a file that has selectable text, reflow capabilities, etc, rather than your usual flat image or PDF file.  The whole thing looks simple to use and should be useful to anybody with the time and interest to spend a few minutes turning the pages.  This should all be good, legally, given that any book you scan should in theory be something you own, but I’m sure there’ll be some objection along the lines of piracy at some point.  Still, I know that I have a few out of print books that I will be immensely pleased to have digital scans of as soon as this one comes out.

Admittedly these are only a couple of the fun things we have to look forward to now, but they intrigued me and seemed worth pointing out.  Enjoy!