The New Kindle is Coming!, and the Best Cover for Kindle 2

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My friend Jeff pointed me to Engadget’s article on the new Kindle today, and it got me thinking about how my Kindle has been so life-changing and will only be more life-changing for other people now that it’s available in different colors, has an even faster refresh rate, and is selling for $139.

Have you looked at my Shelfari shelf recently? It’s exploding. Now that I’m never without a book, I’m flying through them like never before. Even crappy books like the Sarah Silverman one. Even books I thought would be crappy but turned out to be engrossing, like Tracy Chevalier’s Remarkable Creatures. If I get 20 pages into a book and don’t care about it yet, I don’t have to wait until I’m home or at the library to get something else; I just click over to my home screen and choose another one. There’s literally nothing I miss about real books.

I assume you’ll all run out and buy the new version when it’s released on August 27th, but in case you decide to buy the Kindle 2 on eBay for even cheaper, let me recommend the cover that I have. I shopped around for days and finally decided on the TrendyDigital MaxGuard Leather Cover in purple. It’s so sleek and feels so good in my hands with its leather shell and soft suede-like interior. The Kindle slides into its pocket and fits so snugly that it doesn’t need any elastic bands or metal prongs to hold it in. The magnetic closure makes this great little snapping sound when you flip it closed that sounds so smart I can’t help but feel as if everyone on the train has heard it and is envious of me.

I’ll tell you who I’m envious of, though: these people who carry their Kindles without any case at all. I see them on the train with their 1/3rd-inch-thick readers, and I think, How rich must you be to not care about scratching that thing up? I’ll bet they’re all reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, too.

(Okay, fine, I read it and didn’t hate it.)


  1. $139? Sold. I’m so getting one.

    And I’m getting one for my dad for Christmas!

  2. Noel says:

    I think you should start writing erotica about your Kindle and its case. You’re halfway there already.

  3. The Kama Mama says:

    Oooh, pretty. I can’t afford even the newer cheaper ones though, so I’ll slog through some more paper books until I can.

  4. Tina says:

    My roommate asked me what a Kindle was today because her mom wants to buy one for her dad. When I explained she asked if I knew anyone who had one and liked it and, well, I could only think of you.

    PS: the ad on the side of this page right now is for a Kindle on… nice job!

  5. Megan says:

    Cramer and I have been drooling over it all day. I was going to buy a nook a few months back, and I’m so glad I waited!

    Now my biggest issue: graphite or white? Harrumph.

    Btw, adorable case. I was already scoping out some cases on etsy. But I appreciate the tip for that one.

  6. Michael Madden says:

    Okay, so get this… my twin brother dropped his Kindle on the ground two days ago, and it stopped working. Totally dead. Amazon customer support *overnighted* him a brand-new Kindle, no charge — apparently there’s a one-time exception. I heart Amazon. (I also have a Kindle and I love it.)