After I cracked my Kindle Paperwhite’s screen (which somehow miraculously healed itself), I replaced it with a new Paperwhite and bought a case for it. It was a standard folio case from Anker; the kind that has a back shell and a flip-open cover. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK)
This is a good case, and it protects the Kindle very well, but it’s annoying to read with it: the hinge is loose, and the cover, folded behind the Kindle, gets in the way.
So I browsed on Amazon recently, and found a neat case: the over-zealously named Inateck Compact Kindle Paperwhite Envelope Case Cover Sleeve Felt Carrying Protector Case Bag for New 2014 2013 2012 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6″ 3G / Wi-Fi + 3G – Simple & Lightweight – Grey. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK)
As you can see, it’s just a sack of felt, with a small leather strap that prevents the Kindle from falling out the top when you carry it around. The felt is thick enough to protect the Kindle, and when I read, I can take the device out of the case, and not be hindered by it. The main risk of damage, in my opinion, is when I’m not reading; when I have the Kindle on a table or my bed, and something gets tossed on it. (That’s how I cracked the screen of the Paprewhite in the first place.) This case is also good because it’s not limited to a specific Kindle model; I’ll be able to use it when I get a new Kindle Voyage next week. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK)
That leather strap is pretty nifty. It attaches on the outside of the case with velcro, and it connects to a sort of ribbon inside the case. When you pull it, it pulls the ribbon up, raising the Kindle from the case. It means that, to get the Kindle out of the case, you don’t have to put your fingers inside the case.
I also like the fact that the felt is organic, unlike the previous plastic case. I do miss the auto-wake when I open the other case, but that’s a small price to pay for being able to read the Kindle without a case, and still protecting it when it needs protection. It’s comfortable, practical, and inexpensive.