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Get an eReader for Christmas? Here’s how
to customize it for your personality type.

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx.

Electronic readers are designed to be functional. They’re engineered to help the average reader carry around an entire library of thousands of books at once. It’s important for the manufacturers to house that capability in a simple to use device that’s smaller than the average hardback best-seller. What they’re not made to do is to accommodate every style, every functional need outside of the plastic (or aluminum) shell.

Think of it as a pre-fab house. The structure is there, but it’s up to you to decide how to fill it up and how the rest of the world sees it from the outside. That’s where this list comes in. We’ve selected the best of the cases out there for Amazon’s Kindle™ eReaders; mainly because there’s such a wide selection of cases available. Where it’s appropriate, we’ve also noted the cases that are available for other popular eReaders, like the Barnes & Noble Nook™.

Jump to your personality type with the links below:

 

1. The Big City Commuter

Your eReader isn’t just a hobby, it’s an integral part of your daily routine–like coffee and keeping an eye out for that passenger who’s teetering between being the subject of a poem or a police report. It’s the time on the train or in the carpool van that circumstance and necessity have set aside for you to read without guilt, without interference, without having to drive.

The cases we chose for you are stylish, modern and shouldn’t invite too many conversations while you’re busy trying to read.

You probably own: Kindle Paperwhite

What you probably have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Grey felt and Italian leather folio.
  • Linen newsprint case with leather closure.
  • Classic magenta notebook-style case with orange elastic closure.

2. The Grandma or Grandpa

Sure, we know that there are as many types of grandparents as there are types of people. There are grandmas who are yoga instructors, pilots, lawyers, engineers, and Senators; grandpas who are authors, school teachers and athletes. But the list we picked out for this category is for storybook grandparents — the ones who bake cookies and fly kites; who know that there’s a time and a place for making a huge, satisfying mess; whose refrigerators are covered with photos, drawings and handprints.This is for anybody who, when asked “what do you do?” says “oh, I have grandkids!”

You probably own: Kindle Fire or Kindle Paperwhite

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Bright Green car ride-proof, oops-resistant case with carrying handle. (Kindle Fire only)
  • Purple, water-proof, drop-resistant case for grandparents and grandkids who are reading chapter books. (Kindle Paperwhite)

3. The Artist

Your eReader isn’t just the way you get inspiration, it’s how you share the way you feel about the world. If you’re exuberant, if your heart sings, if your brush strokes are wild and colorful and full of life, it shows in the books you read, and the cover you choose.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

  • The War of Art: How to Break Through Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Steven Pressfield.
  • Free access to 400,000 images from the Met’s online collection.
  • Sara Urist Green and husband/author John Green’s weekly Art Assignment video series.

Recommended cases for you:

  • Slide-on case with watercolor bird and wallpaper collage.
  • Folding case with vivid brushstroke stripes.
  • Folding case with dogwood blossoms photographed against the sky.

4. The “All Business”

Your eReader isn’t a way to express yourself, it’s a way to keep yourself informed. The case you get doesn’t need to get attention or make a statement, it’s not the elevator speech for who you are and what you love. It just needs to protect your device as effectively and unobtrusively as possible.

You probably own: Kindle Paperwhite

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Harris tweed slip-on cover.
  • The lightest, thinnest leather cover out there.
  • Simple, black cover with built-in hands-free stand.

5. Style Maven

You use the inside of your reader to keep up to date on the best of what’s currently out there. Whatever reader you have, it’s probably filled with color, design and wish lists. The outside should have as much style.

You probably own: Kindle Fire HD

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Kate Spade handbag. It’s not a Kindle case, but who says you can’t keep one in here?
  • Leather, manilla envelope style slip-on case.
  • Jonathan Adler black and cream question mark case.

6. The Farmer’s Market

You have a couple extra bags in the trunk, just in case. Or in the basket of your bike. You can thump a cantaloupe and tell if its ready; tell a ripe green apple from a green unripe one. You prefer counting miles your food has travelled over the amount of calories it has. More likely than not, you’ve signed a petition enthusiastically.

You probably own: Kindle Paperwhite

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Patchwork wool slip-on case with leather closure.
  • Striped wool slip-on case with button closure.
  • Leather folding case with sunflowers.
  • Leather folding case with honeybees. (only available for Kindle Fire)

7. The Athlete

You get up early because that’s what you have to do. Not to meet some New Year’s resolution, but to meet the expectations you set for yourself. You push because it’s who you are and the way you choose to live.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Waterproof, shock-proof, hard tablet shell.
  • Otterbox™ super-tough, Defender series shell with stand.
  • Waterproof, wearable case with neck lanyard.

8. The Maker

You like to do things yourself — sew things, glue things, bolt things to steel. You know how to drive a straight nail or stitch a straight hem. You cook, you bake, you take things on. You’re a woman who doesn’t need a pink drill, a man who doesn’t need the instructions.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

  • Make Magazine. From robots to 3-D printers; bike-powered, DIY cell phone chargers and more.
  • Mental Floss Magazine. It’s not about building anything but your brain.
  • Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs has a blog and a plan to make things better for all of us.

Recommended cases for you:

  • Make your own denim Kindle case from an old pair of jeans.
  • DIY case made out of wood and a bamboo sushi mat.
  • Cheerful felt case that just seems like you might have made it.

9. The Bedtime Reader

You do most of your reading at night. You don’t need bells and whistles, because you’re trying to wind down and other people might be trying to sleep. If you’re trying to read yourself to sleep, you might want to read about Mindfulness here as a way to learn to control the pace and tenor of your thoughts. If night is just the place you prefer to read, because that’s what you’ve always done, please, read on.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

10. The Sci-Fi Fan

You might have a vast collection of memorabilia or a hidden penchant for Firefly. You might have t-shirts that broadcast which fan clubs you’re a member of, or a secret folder of bookmarked fan fiction. Either way, you crave lasers, faraway worlds and the sense that there is such a thing as a misunderstood hero who can rise above his past to save a universe or two.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you: 

  • Chewbacca blowing a giant bubble gum bubble.
  • C-3PO in a suit from a long, long, long, long time ago.
  • The Tardis. From the time, in the distant past when there was such a thing as a phonebooth.

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