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Welcome to our Top 10 Kindle Cases list – designed to help you find the perfect Kindle case for your needs. If you are looking for the most elegant and stylish protection for your cherished Kindle eBook reader, you have arrived at the right place. A high level of protection is important when you are travelling with your Kindle anywhere and everywhere. If on the other hand you are looking to combine improved device holding or standing with appreciable protection, you should see our Top 10 Kindle 3 Covers. A well designed Kindle cover can provide the advantage of protection, improved holding, improved standing, and lighting. However, having spent much effort reducing the size and weight of the new Kindle, it appears counter intuitive to add it back on by putting a heavy cover on the device. Indeed some prefer to read their ereader “naked”. A Kindle case, from which the device is removed before use, could therefore be the best option for some readers. It is prudent to think carefully about how the device will be used. However,  if you can’t decide what is more important for you – functionality or protection – then why not choose both a Kindle cover and a Kindle case. Some Kindle cases identified below can hold a Kindle in a book-style or flip-style cover. These Kindle cases would nicely complement a lightweight Kindle cover designed for the best holding or standing performance.

Our criteria for this Top 10 Kindle Cases list include the following:

  • Kindle case must provide a full ensclosure to isolate the ereader from external objects.
  • Kindle cases  must have soft internal lining to protect the ereader screen and key lettering from scratches.
  • Kindle cases have no obstructions around the case opening that could cause scratches during device insertion and removal.
  • Kindle cases must provide effective protection for the ereader against knocks.
  • design features that promote durability and long life of the Kindle case.

#1. Best Lightweight Kindle Case for Kindle 3

Timbuk2 Nylon Quilted Kindle Envelope Sleeve
Timbuk2 Nylon Quilted Kindle Envelope Sleeve for Kindle 3

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This Kindle case is constructed of high density memory foam and seam construction for better impact absorption. The exterior is heavy duty nylon for durability whilst the interior has a soft faux fur lining to ensure the screen and key lettering remain scratch free. The ereader is inserted and removed sideways and fits snugly in a perfectly dimensioned sleeve with a velcro closure. This Kindle case is extremely lightweight and compact as there is no storage for accessories.

#2. Best Lightweight Pocket Kindle Case for Kindle 3

BUILT Neoprene Kindle Sleeve
BUILT Neoprene Kindle Sleeve Scatter Dot Kindle Case

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This cushion-shaped lightweight Kindle case sleeve weighing just 4.8 oz is made of proprietary foamed Neoprene, commonly used for shock-protection, and provides very effective protection for your cherished ereader. The unique Kindle case features a precisely dimensioned hourglass shape and form to hold your ereader tight. Your ereader slides in and out of the top of the Kindle case for easy access, but is snug within the neoprene and will not fall out – messing with a zipper, straps  or velcro is avoided. A lip at the opening prevents other objects slipping into the case. The slightly overlong Kindle case has slightly-rounded top and bottom corners, to provide easy places to grab the case while pulling the ereader out, or putting it back inside. When the ereader is secure inside, the rounded corners of the Kindle case provide added protection. The Kindle case has a soft microfiber inner lining to protect your ereader screen, key lettering, and other surfaces from scratches. When you are using your ereader, this BUILT Kindle case lays flat for easy storage. This highly durable Kindle case is machine washable, so you can keep the case looking as good as new. These BUILT Kindle cases are available in many patterns, in order of increasing popularity these are the Fuchsia (Pink), Lime, and Black (with light blue interior) plain colored Kindle cases , as well as Vine (with pink interior), Flowers, and Scatter Dots (on dark blue background with light blue interior) patterned Kindle cases. The latter two are brightly colored and highly visible, aiding location and helping to avoid leaving the device on seats. BUILT Kindle cases, in common with other BUILT products are well known for excellent workmanship and materials.

#3. Best Kindle Case for Kindle 3 – Book Style

M-Edge Latitude Kindle Jacket
M-Edge Latitude Kindle Jacket for Kindle 3rd Generation

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This lightweight 4.5 oz Kindle case is designed with nylon canvas exterior and grey microfleece interior. To minimise weight and size of this Kindle cases there is no storage area for the light, but a mounting pocket is provided for a compatible light. Two further pockets are provided: a front zippered pocket that can hold the AC adapter or reading glases; and a back open pocket for storing cards and paper. The ereader is held in place by four corner straps, which are designed to quickly release the ereader if it is required to read “naked”. Within the Kindle case, padding provides protection for the screen. A twin zipper allows the ereader to be charged whilst in the case. The zipper can also can also be used after the case is opened and folded back. This provides the option of one handed reading. M-edge Latitude Kindle cases are available in a variety of colors, in order of popularity are the Black, Navy Blue, Purple, Teal (Blue), Red, and Pink Kindle cases. As with all M-Edge products these Kindle cases come with a lifetime warranty.

#4. Best Kindle Case for Kindle 3 – Book Style with Light Storage

M-Edge Capital Kindle Jacket
M-Edge Capital Kindle Jacket for Kindle 3rd Generation

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This case for Kindle 3 is designed with durable synthetic microfiber leather exterior and lush microsuede interior. The case can securely store a light in the spine of the case, alongside the ereader. When this case is being used in book-style, a suitably positioned lighting slot can be used to provide effective illumination in darkness. A large internal pocket storage for papers and cards is also provided. A twin zipper allows the ereader to be charged whilst in the case. In addition to facilitating case closure, the zipper can also be used after the case is opened and folded back. This provides the option of one handed reading. Remember to order the compatible light separately. M-edge Capital Kindle cases are available in a variety of colors, in order of popularity are the Purple, Red, Black, Pink, Navy Blue, and Mocca Kindle cases. As with all M-Edge products these Kindle cases come with a lifetime warranty.

#5. Best Kindle Case for Kindle 3

Belkin Grip Kindle Sleeve
Belkin Grip Kindle Sleeve Case for Kindle

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This Kindle case, weighing 7.2 oz, is made of proprietary foamed Neoprene, widely used for shock-protection, and provides considerable protection to the ereader. The Kindle case comprises of a precisely dimensioned sleeve and twin zipper closure help to hold the ereader securely in place. Being completely sealed within the case, the ereader is protected from other objects such as pens, keys, coins, sand, dust, etc. A textured silicon surface wraps around the spine of the Kindle case and provides  a handy grip, as well as contributes to the product name. Inside the Kindle case, the interior soft lining ensures scratch free storage of your ereader, providing protection to the screen, key lettering, and other surfaces. Being hand washable with mild detergent helps to keep the Kindle case new looking. These Belkin Grip Kindle cases are available in range of colors including, in order of popularity the Black, Perfect Plum (Purple), Midnight Blue, and Pink Kindle cases. Belkin is well respected manufacturer of accessories for electronic devices established over 25 years ago.

#6. Best Kindle Case for Kindle 3 in a Cover or Kindle 2

Kindle Case Logic Nylon Sleeve
Case Logic Kindle Sleeve Case for Kindle 3 in a cover or Kindle 2

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New Kindle 3 owners have been presented with an opportunity by the falling prices of full enclosure Kindle cases designed for Kindle 2. Let me explain. Some Kindle 3 covers are the same size of Kindle 2, leading to the possibility that a Kindle 2 case could be used with Kindle 3 mounted in a cover. Owner who like the handle their ereader in a cover should note that Kindle covers are open on the sides, and they do not provide protection against foreign objects such as dust, sand, keys and pens. Therefore placing the cover enclosed Kindle in a full enclosure Kindle case can provide very high level of protection combined with the handling advantage of Kindle cover. The Kindle Case Logic Nylon Sleeve Case is a highly rated product designed for a Kindle 2 but can also be used with a cover enclosed Kindle 3. The Kindle case comprises of a well padded nylon main compartment with a zipper closure, and a small pouch. Inside the Kindle case, a soft inner lining provides further protection. A pair of small straps help to carry the case. Examples of compatible covers for Kindle 3 include the Amazon lighted cover.

#7. Best Kindle Case with accessories storage with Kindle 3

Belkin Vue Kindle Sleeve
Belkin Vue Kindle Sleeve Case for Kindle 3 and Kindle 2

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The main compartment of this Kindle case snugly stores the ereader and has a twin zippered closure. Inside the Kindle cases, the soft lined full enclosure protects the ereader  surfaces such as the screen, and key lettering. The twin zippered see-through pouch, which gives the name “Vue” to this Kindle case, is large enough to carry Kindle accessories such as a power adapter, a small book light, and headphones. As the pouch is expandable, the case is compact when the pouch is not used. This durable Kindle case is made of neoprene which can be hand washed with mild soap to keep the case new looking. Belkin Vue Kindle cases are available in a range of color, including in order of popularity Black, Perfect Plum (Purple), Midnight Blue, and Pink Kindle cases. Belkin is well respected manufacturer of accessories for electronic devices established over 25 years ago.

#8. Best Kindle Case with accessories storage for Kindle 3 in a cover or Kindle 2

CaseCrown Double Memory Foam Pouch Case With A Front Pocket
CaseCrown Double Memory Foam Pouch Case With A Front Pocket for Kindle 3 in a cover or Kindle 2

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As mentioned above, the release of Kindle 3 has presented an opportunity as prices of full enclosure Kindle cases designed for Kindle 2 have dropped. Some Kindle 3 covers are the same size of Kindle 2, leading to the possibility that a Kindle 2 case could be used with Kindle 3 mounted in a cover. As Kindle covers are open on the sides, they do not provide protection against foreign objects such as dust, sand, keys and pens. Therefore placing the cover enclosed Kindle in a full enclosure Kindle Case can provide very high level of protection combined with the handling advantage of cover enclosed Kindle. The CaseCrown Double Memory Foam Pouch Case With A Front Pocket is a highly rated product designed for a Kindle 2 but can also be used with a cover enclosed Kindle 3. The main compartment where the ereader is stored is twin zippered allowing the device to be charged whilst in the case. The front pocket is large enough to store all Kindle accessories such as light, charger, and earphones, and more, e.g. reading glasses. Other key features include very well padded with shock absorbing foam and water resistant.

#9. Best Kindle Case in a cover with multipurpose storage – Leather type for Kindle in a cover

OCTOVO Messenger Bag
OCTOVO Messenger Bag for Kindle in a cover

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This stylish and masculine looking bag is made of stout Italian leather on the highly visible front areas and thick durable canvas on the sides, bottom and back of the bag. Under the large leather flap with easy-to-use snap closure are three leather outer compartments: one open, one snap closured, and one zippered. The first two compartments are iphone sized. Next to these small compartments is a large main compartment that can be used to store accessories as well as other things such as a wallet, a jotting pad or paperback, Within the main compartment are some pen holders and a small partition which can house a Kindle 3, or Kindle 2, in a cover. A long and wide adjustable shoulder non-slip canvas strap allows the bag to be carried comfortably in a variety of ways. Good quality materials and workmanship are evident throughout the case.

#10. Best Kindle Case with multipurpose storage – Non-Leather type for Kindle 3 in a cover or Kindle 2

Timbuk2 Kindle Messenger Bag
Timbuk2 Kindle Messenger Bag for Kindle

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This functional yet good looking case has an exterior made of durable heavy duty nylon. There are a couple of pockets that can house a large cell phone and keys. In the huge main compartment there a ample storage for everything else (e.g. Kindle accessories, wallet, umbrella, drink bottle, etc. Within this compartment there is suspended sleeve which is dimensioned to hold a bare Kindle 1 or 2 snugly, but could alternatively accommodate a Kindle 3 in small Kindle cover, e.g. an Amazon unlighted Kindle 3 cover, or even the Amazon lighted Kindle 3 cover albeit with a tight fit. To carry the bag a long a wide strap is provided allowing the bag to be carried a variety of ways. The material used and construction are of a high standard, typical of Timbuk2 products.


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  4 Responses to “Top 10 Kindle Cases – Best Case for Kindle 3 and Kindle 2”

  1. Thanks for the reply, Sammy. It’s all clear now. 🙂

    I would say that with, for instance, #8 the Case Crown Double Memory Foam case, the advantage to such a case for the Kindle 2 user would be the ability to open it up and start reading. However, for the Kindle 3 user (like me), the Case Crown wouldn’t allow that, as I’d have to have the Kindle in a case (the kind that would allow book-like opening), thus negating the “open and read” usage that I personally am seeking. In this case, the Case Crown is a kind of “clutch purse” that holds the cased Kindle. And then if the user puts the Case Crown case holding the Kindle in a case in a backpack, messenger bag, briefcase or purse – then it all starts getting to be a bit like those hollow Russian nesting dolls. 🙂

    Otherwise, the Case Crown looks terrific and very protective – and I hope that Case Crown redesigns it for Kindle 3.

  2. I’m not sure I fully understand what you mean by a “Kindle 3 in a cover.” are the covers you refer to the silicone or gel covers that protect the back and sides of the Kindle, but leave the screen and keyboard open? Or is I something else, and I really should wait and do my reading on the web AFTER I get a nights sleep, and not before?

    • Hello Otto, Thanks for joining us on Twitter. You raise a good question. This whole subject of Kindle covers, cases, sleeve, and skins can get a little bit confusing with suppliers and manufacturers using these terms in different ways. Here at eBookReaderGuide.com we aim to be consistant as possible in our reviews, whilst still using the official product name.

      The silicone or gel covers you mention are considered by us at eBookReaderCase to be a type of case that is very thin and snuggly fitting, so that the dimensions are only very slightly increased. The Kindle covers that we refer to above are about the size weight of the Kindle, open on three of the four edges of the Kindle and allow the Kindle to be held like a book in one or two hands. Custom designed Kindle 3 cases cannot accommodate a Kindle 3 with a Kindle cover due to the added bulk, but may be able to accommodate Kindle 3 in a silicone or gel case. However, the current availability of some Kindle 2 cases, can accomodate a Kindle 3 in a Kindle cover, due to the considerable smaller size of the Kindle 3 as compared with Kindle 2.

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