Sunday, April 28, 2013

Android eReader apps to read eBooks to you with Text-to-Speech

Compared to official reading apps such as Nook or Kindle, 3rd party reading apps are also very popular as they offer a better way to support personal books and mostly come with richer features and more customized settings. Here are a couple of Android reading apps with Text-to-Speech feature, which enables readers to listen to eBooks when they are tired with reading or read on the go.

1. FBReader

Price: free
Supported Formats: EPUB, RTF, FB2(.ZIP), MOBI, and plain TEXT
Requires Android: Varies with device

FBReader is the first android eReader I would recommend to you. It provides versatile features as well as 5 language-supported (English, French, Spanish, German and Itanian) Text-to-Speech (TTS) function. Free yet no ads. Note that both the TTS module and dictionary module have to be downloaded separately (free). Refer to this guide to read and listen to Kindle books on Android (Nexus 7)

2. Cool Reader

Price: free
Supported Formats: EPUB (NON-DRM), FB2, DOC, TXT, RTF, HTML, CHM, TCR, PDB, PRC, MOBI and PML
Requires Android: 1.5 and up

Cool Reader is another free reading app delivering excellent reading experience. No ads. Every icon is elaborately designed, integrated but easy-to-use. Tap the “More” icon then “Read Aloud” to start the built-in TTS module. Users are able to set the speech volume and rate. This app itself is very nice but the interface of TTS appears a bit rough and only supports English.

3. Moon + Reader Pro

Price: $4.99
Supported Formats: EPUB, PDF, MOBI, CHM, CBR, CBZ, UMD, FB2, TXT, HTML, RAR, ZIP and OPDS formats
Requires Android: 2.2 and up

The TTS function only works on the paid version. It does well in highlighting & noting and has a strong ability to deal with PDF files. It might not stand out at first sight but offers a collection of minor yet useful features such as a combination of dropbox. The TTS function only supports English, but works nice with flexible control available.

4. Mantano Ebook ReaderPremium

Price: $6.99
Supported Formats: EPUB (Adobe DRM supported), PDF (Adobe DRM supported)
Requires Android: 2.3 and up

I fell in love with this app when I used it the first time. It has a very nice UI and supports Adobe DRM encrypted EPUB and PDF books very well. Similar to Moon + Reader Pro, Mantano shows a good performance to cope with PDF files. The TTS function is just placed on the bottom menu bar and easy to access. Refer to this post to listen to eBooks with Mantano.

The speech generated by Text-to-Speech engine is dull and robotic. If you listen to books a lot, buying audio books will be a better option.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Brief review: Kobo Aura HD vs. Kindle Paperwhite

With the flourish of digital content and electronic devices, more and more people are moving to eBooks and eReaders, including the aged who do not know much about computer. When talking about the best eReaders last year, most folks would recommend Kindle Paperwhite without hesitation. The answer might be different now, since Kobo has just released its brand-new HD E-ink reader, which is fully able to rival Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in many respects.

Tech specs
Kobo Aura comes with a decent 6.8 inch touch screen, marginally larger than the 6 inch screen of Kindle Paperwhite. The excellent 1440*1086 pixel resolution of Kobo Aura makes it stand out again, which overtakes both cognate eReaders (Paperwhite: 1024*768 pixel) and the most popular tablets such as Google Nexus 7 (Paperwhite: 1280*800 pixel). Speaking of processor, Kobo Aura runs a superb 1 G processor, together with a 4-G internal storage, which doubles Paperwhite's 512 M RAM plus the 2 G non-expandable storage. On the contrary, users are able to expand the storage of Kobo Aura with a SD card.

Formats supported
We know that Kindle Paperwhite only supports purchased Kindle AZW/TPZ/PRC/MOBI books and DRM-free PDF files while the standard eBook format is EPUB. When people want to read EPUB books from public domains, they will have to rely on format converting tools to convert EPUB to MOBI. Unlike Amazon Kindle serials, almost all other eReaders support EPUB format, including Kobo. Besides the previously supported formats (EPUB and PDF), Kobo Aura also takes the initiative to incorporate Kindle MOBI format. Another advantage of Kobo Aura is that people can read EPUB and PDF books loaned from public libraries, which are not accessible on Kindle eReaders due to the incompatible formats as well as Adobe DRM protection (Kobo Aura supports Adobe DRM).

Video Review
Here is an overall video review for Kobo Aura HD and Kindle Paperwhite.

Here is a night review for the backlight function of both eReaders.

The bottom line
For people whol mostly purchase eBooks from Amazon, Kindle Paperwhite will be a better option at a cheaper price of $119. Otherwise, Kobo Aura HD ($169.99) delivers better reading experience and faster processing speed with more formats supported.

iPad or Kindle? Choose your own tablet

With good portability and enough performance, the tablet provides us an excellent mobile media experience. It becomes a kind of popular consumer electronics like the cellphone. The boom of iPad spurs the development of tablet greatly. People get lots of choice when buying a tablet and feel puzzled at the same time-which one should I choose? Should I buy an android tablet or an iPad? Is it good for reading books? Does it easy to learn? Don’t worry. This article shows you the main features and drawbacks of four popular tablets at present and I’m sure you’ll get a clear understanding of tablet and make your choice. 

1. Kindle Fire HD

1. Massive e-book resource.
Actually I prefer to regard the Kindle Fire HD as an e-book reader. Although the Kindle Fire HD doesn’t adopt an E-Ink display as the Kindle, it is still an excellent e-book reader as the built-in Amazon store provides countless e-books for all ages. The Kindle Fire HD has two modes with different screen size of 7-inch and 8.9-inch. If you want a better reading experience, I suggest you buy the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD as you can view more content at each page.
2. Cheap price.
Maybe the Kindle Fire HD is the cheapest tablet you can buy at present, of course, of famous brand. The price of $ 199 do attracts many people. Although the Kindle Fire HD doesn't have a powerful performance, but considering it is just a tablet for daily use and an excellent e-book reader, it is worthy of the money.
1.  No high pixel camera.
The Kindle Fire HD only equips a so called “HD” camera. It has only about 100 mega pixels, in addition, a front camera. So don’t try to use a Kindle Fire HD to take pictures. It’s only used for web chatting.
2. Custom android OS.
The Kindle Fire HD runs a custom android OS. Amazon modifies the original android and made some limitation on it. The biggest problem is that you can’t install Google Play on it. That means you can’t experience many interesting apps unless you root the device.

2. iPad 4


1. Strong and balanced configuration.
The iPad has the new A6X chipset and a 9.7-inch IPS display of a resolution of 2048*1536. Compare with android tablets, the hardware of iPad can’t be regarded as top level. But with excellent optimization the iPad always has good overall performance.
2. An OS of minimalism.
Perhaps iOS is the most simple but effective mobile OS. All the operations are simplified to the greatest extent so that most process can be done with the Home button.
3. Massive apps.
It’s no doubt that the Apple App Store has the most and best mobile applications. You can turn your iPad into a Gameboy, or a small office computer.
1.  High price.
iPad is a tablet approached perfection. It is almost the best in every aspect, except the price. A price up to $499 may let some people give up. If you don’t have enough budget, you can choose an iPad 2 instead. It only costs $399.

3. Samsung Note 10.1

1. Valuable S Pen features.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 provides a stylus which we call it “S Pen”. With the S Pen we can conveniently take notes and even send email in handwriting. You can also edit pictures with the S Pen, just like drawing a picture.
2. Powerful quad-core chipset.
With the 1.4GHz Exynos Quad-Core Processor, the Galaxy Note 10.1 can provide a powerful performance which make you have better experience in game and multitasking.
3. MicroSD support.
The Galaxy supports an external memory card (up to 64GB). This means you just need less money to buy a high capacity microSD card to store more HD video and music. And it’s more convenient to copy data with a card reader than a USB cable.
1. Low resolution display.
The screen resolution of Galaxy Note 10.1 is 1280*800. Maybe it’s clear enough to distinguish text, but as the HD video and game develops, high resolution display is the trend.

4. Nexus 10

1. High resolution PLS display.
The Nexus 10 has a PLS display with an incredible high resolution of 2560*1660 which makes its PPI reach to 300. High PPI means we can view more details in a HD video and game. This display also has a high visual angle and good color rendition.
2. Original android OS.
The Nexus series all run an original android OS. For those who want to experience the newest feature of android and dislike third party ROMs, Nexus 10 could be a good choice. Maybe the UI of the original android looks like a bit concise, but no doubt it’s the safest and most fluent android.
3. Quad-core Mali T604.
The Mail T604 is the upgrade version of Mail 400MP which is widely used in Samsung’s cellphones and tablets. This new GPU is the most powerful mobile GPU on the market. It can provide a performance 5 times than the previous Mail GPU.
1. Short battery life.
Although the Nexus 10 equips a battery of 9000 mAh capacity, it can only last about 7 hours which is less than iPad and Kindle Fire HD. Perhaps the high resolution display and GPU consume much battery. So you better use it at home, not outside.
2. No 3G connection.
The Nexus 10 doesn’t have a 3G connection. The only connection to internet is WIFI. In some cases which there is no WIFI coverage, a 3G broadband card may be very useful.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

2 ways to convert a blog to EPUB and MOBI books

When we find a blog filled with excellent posts, we will hope to finish them at one go or simply read like an eBook, rather than stay online all the time. There have been sites that can convert blog posts to an eBook, but the output format is mostly PDF, which is not that readable when reading on an eReader or other mobile device. Here I will introduce two sites to convert blog posts to EPUB and MOBI books.

1. Ebook Glue

Ebook Glue is a rarely free site that converts blog posts to EPUB and MOBI books without extra steps such as registration, easy and swift.

Simply input the URL of a blog and click "Share Blog as an Ebook" button, the EPUB and MOBI version will be generated at once.

Select either format to download.

However, only recent blog posts will be contained and the book does not have any images.

2. Zinepal

Zinepal is a very professional site to generate EPUB / MOBI / PDF eBooks based on blog posts. Due to its rich functions, it's not a 1-click-like site, but you can still get started with ease.

#1 Input the URL of a blog and click "Select Stories". All recent posts will be listed at once.

#2 Check "Select All Stories" or uncheck certain posts as you like.

#3 Click "Preview Your eBook" and wait for the generation of preview.

That might take quite a while. When you get the results, you will find how the output is awesome.

To get the eBook, you will have to register and pay $5.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Pros and cons of non-removable battery design

Nowadays the hardware technology of cellphone develops in geometric. With high-speed chip and high-resolution screen people acquire wonderful recreation experience on cellphone. But it seems the battery performance doesn't keep up the pace. Actually real progress in battery technology is hardly to find except the non-removable battery design driven by iPhone. Accustomed to removable battery for a long time, many people are curious about a fixed battery as yet. So what are its advantages and disadvantages? This article will elaborate this battery technology.

1. Slim appearance
What contributes most to the popularity of iPhone? Maybe the appearance design does. At least for most ordinary people, this slim gadget rapidly caught our eyes after we had get tired of those big and thick Nokia or Blackberry cellphones. And the non-removable battery design is the very key to the slim appearance.

For a cellphone with non-removable battery design, it's no need to present the battery out to user or leave space between the battery and the back cover. This makes the internal space very compact.

2. Solid body
As the cellphone body and the back cover are no longer separated, the unibody design becomes very popular. Besides Apple iPhone, the HTC applies the unibody design to most of its products. The aluminum alloy shell can prevent the cellphone from  falling apart.
On the other hand the unibody makes it possible to design a waterproof shell. See the Sony Xperia Z below.

3. More safe
For people who use a cellphone with removable battery design it's common to carry more than one backup battery and charger. But not everyone will buy another original battery or charger as their price is a bit high. Non-original battery and charger inevitably have some incompatibility with the cellphone. They may damage the cellphone after long time use. Let alone some inferior battery. They can even cause explosion!

So the non-removable battery design improves the safety factor of a cellphone to a certain extent. Anyhow the original parts are strictly tested and have better quality.

1. Last short
This is the biggest shortage of non-removable batter design. Portable equipment like cellphone couldn't use a big battery. It can't last long usually. Replacing battery is almost the only choice when the battery is run out when you don't have charger at side. But what if you see a low battery notification on your iPhone screen when you are not at home or office?

As a communication tool, function is more important than appearance. It's very necessary to keep the cellphone fully charged. The non-removable battery design sacrifices performance and function for appearance. This is unwise and unacceptable. What if you just miss some important calls and messages during the period of searching a place to charge your cellphone? So just say No to non-removable battery design!

2. High price
Due to safety issues, a cellphone with non-removable battery design requires a very high progress. In addition an artistic appearance design needs expensive material and manufacturing technique. These all result in high price.

3. Hard to dismantle
The battery eventually gets aged after long time use. For ordinary users it's impossible to replace the built-in battery as it's soldered on the PCMA or maybe the whole body is sealed that you can't open. So the only choice is to send your cellphone to customer service. This takes much time and money.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Google Glass: A great invention

The Google Glass firstly came out in 2012.April. This amazing gadget had created much of a stir over the past year. As an unpublished product, it kept mystique for a long time. At April 10th.2013, Gizmodo released an infographic  which shows how the Google Glass works. This news once again aroused people’s interest of Google Glass. From the infographic we’ve concluded some features and function of Google Glass. Let’s check it out.

Revolutionary Features

1.  Simple but not simple
On first seeing the Google Glass, you may surprise on its size -How could it be so small? Most people may regard it as a normal eyeglass. Actually it’s a high-tech product generated with CPU, battery, camera, speaker & microphone, display system in an eyeglass. It looks light and handy indeed but also has powerful function.

2. An eyeglass without lens
The Google Glass doesn’t have lens and it adopts a projection display instead. All the information will send out by a mini projector and finally reflected directly on our retina through a prism. It must be pointed out that you must make sure your eye keeps staring on the projector in order to see clearly. This may cause distraction and some dangers.

3.”OK, Glass”
Physical buttons not found? Well, you don't need them as the Google Glass use voice and gesture control. Every time you say “Ok, Glass”, the system awake. It understands what you say and respond correctly. Just like the picture below:

You may concern the outside noise interference. Actually with the support of bone conduction technology, any sound comes from outside will not be accepted as command. The system can only recognize the sound of user.
The Google Glass can respond to simple facial and head movements. For example, you can turn the screen on and operate the device with eye movements or tilt your head to scroll through different screens.

What it does

1. Hands-free recording and sharing
No need to take out your camera in haste. Just say, “Ok Glass, record a video,” and the headset will automatically begin capturing footage. You will not miss any moment. In addition you can also share what you see with your friends on Google Hangouts.

2. Navigation hand by hand
It’s easy to find our way with GPS or cellphone. But sometimes we still get confused as the map is not intuitive enough. The Google Glass provides a turn-by-turn navigation. All the road condition collected from Google Maps will display just in front of you in real time. Distance, time-consuming, direction, all of them is  clear at a glance. No need to look down the map and check around any more. Just walk as usual. 

3. Translate at any time
With voice control technology Google Glass successfully integrates with Google Translate. You can translate anything you want at any time. See the picture below. Maybe you won’t get embarrassed in bargain.

4. Google Now support
The Google Now application is also integrated in Google Glass. This means you’ll be able to get real-time updates based on your location. For example, if you’re approaching a subway station Google Glass can pull up a train schedule. If service is suspended, you can ask Glass for an alternate route to reach your destination.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Worldreader Mobile app reaches more than 500,000 readers globally

We know that eBook industry is doing well mostly in developed countries, such as US, France and Germany. People in developing countries have been living a hard life, not to mention modern electric devices or eBook reading. According to GoodeReader, Worldreader, a non-profitable organization, has distributed black-and-white Kindle devices together with dedicated iOS and Android apps to Africa, succeeded in helping more than 500,000 people globally read eBooks with its Worldreader Mobile app.

Worldreader, founded by David Risher and Colin McElwee in 2010, is based in San Francisco and Barcelona, aiming to let people in less developing countries have access to eBooks by using eReaders or reading apps on mobile phone. As a non-profitable organization, it accepts donations from individuals, communities, enterprises and other organizations. Individual donators include Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, who contributed $500,000 to Worldreader in early 2013.

As to eBook titles, Worldreader offers not only African textbooks, stories books and newspapers, but also worldwide classics and contemporary fictions. It is reported that there are more than 500,000 readers read per month, with more than one third registered users included. Mobile phone users generally spend 600,000 hours on eBooks per month and they read as many as 17,000 eBooks in January.

Worldreader conducted a 20-eReader trial at Ghana (Africa) in March 2010 and later launched similar eReader programs in Kenya, Uganda Rwanda and Tanzania. It has set up partnerships with Amazon, FC Barcelona and many big publishers such as PCaine Prize for African writers.

Friday, April 12, 2013

5 fantastic iPhone accessories you can't miss

It’s no doubt that iPhone has become the most popular cell phone in the world. The accessories of iPhone also have great varieties. You may have seen so many otterboxes, portable power source and some general accessories. But today, I’ll recommend you some interesting and fantastic gadgets for iPhone. Let’s go and check them!

1.iBell iPhone Alarm Clock Cradle
It seems like we’ve seldom seen the old-fashioned alarm clock.In the impression of many people, it’s heavy and noisy.But for someone they do miss the feeling of an old-fashioned alarm clock. So here comes the iBell iPhone Alarm Clock Cradle! Connect this gadget to you iPhone and it will vibrate like a real alarm clock as long as you set a alarm on you iPhone.

iBell iPhone Alarm Clock Cradle
Click here for details

2.Phone X Phone
I bet you haven’t use a wire telephone for a long time! Actually we don't need wire telephone mainly cuz we get cellphone. This great invention seems to be an antique in the future. But don’t worry about that.With the Phone X Phone you can turn your iPhone into a wire telephone, just plug your phone in and enjoy all the comfort of a landline-style phone at home or at the office.

Phone X Phone
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For a mad gamer, it’s intolerable for playing games with virtual keys. You never get a good gameplay without physical keys. PSP may be a good choice but it can’t make phone calls. So just try the iControlPad. It’s a physical joypad which connected wirelessly to your iPhone via Bluetooth. No more worry about screen cracking. Press and shake the buttons as much as you desire!
Click for details

4.iPhone Fan
The days are getting hotter as summer approaches. So what can we do to get rid of the sweltering heat outside? iPhone Fan may be a good choice. It’s a small electronical fan without built-in power supply. Just plug it into the 30-pin connector of your iPhone and turn on the fan.Then you can enjoy the cool breeze blowing over your face lightly!
iPhone Fan
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5.OWLE iPhone Video Rig
Do you like camer shooting? Come on and check this gadget. You can call it OWLE iPhone Videl Rig. Load it and your iPhone will become a professional video camera.The OWLE iPhone Video Rig is equipped with a 0.45X wide-angle lens and 27mm lens collar. Of course you can alse replace an external lens.
OWLE iPhone Video Rig
Click for details

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Facebook Home: A Revolutionary Handset Operating Pattern

As an IT giant with 1000 million users, the Facebook has been speculated to manufacture its own cellphone for a long time. But we’ve never heard about an exact message of “Facebook Phone” so far. Last week Facebook convoked a press conference and we still didn’t see a cellphone release but a new product called Facebook Home instead. It attracted many people rapidly with a brand new design concept. Let’s go and see what Facebook Home is.
What is Facebook Home
Strictly speaking the Facebook Home is an android launcher. It’s a third-party application that you can install on an android phone. When you apply the Facebook Home, the basic android home screen will turn into a new style which is totally different.

News Feed First
The design concept of Facebook Home can be summarized as News Feed First. It will reveal content not application icon on the main screen so that we can view any information such as message, news and other social stuff just in a glance. No longer sliding or scrolling screen to find an application. Just know your friends’ latest trends as soon as possible. This revolutionary design can save our time greatly and make you more close to friends and relatives.

Key Features of Facebook Home
1.  Cover Feed
The latest posts of your friends will reveal full-screen on the device with a slight automatic-sliding effect. Slide left or right for different news feed.

You can see all of your friends’ sharing, like photos, status updates, links and more.

All of your notification will display properly as rectangle bar on the home screen. You can see app icon and profile picture on each notification so that you can know which app it belongs and who updates his (her) status. Tap to check the details and slide left to let it go.

2. Chat Heads & Messenger
This is the most creative design of Facebook Home. You can keep chatting even when you’re using other apps. The chat heads is a small round icon which you can tap it to unfold or hide.
All of your texts and messages are gathered in one spot with profile pictures.

The chat heads icon is removable. You can drag it anywhere on your screen so that you can enjoy a totally free chat.

3. App Launcher
Anytime you wake up the cellphone you get many app icons into sight. Seems boring right? Now with Facebook Home you can arrange your favorite apps in a shortcut. The app list is only shown when you tap your profile picture at the bottom of the screen upward. Besides that, you can tap the profile picture left for messenger and right for your recently used app.

How to get Facebook Home
Facebook Home will be a built-in app in HTC First, the latest HTC cellphone which will be released at April 12th. And the Facebook Home will also be downloaded at the same day at Google Play. The Facebook claims that the Facebook Home will support HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy III and Samsung Galaxy Note II. It’s possible that more android device will get supported in the near future.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

What do you know about Retina Display?

We may firstly heard about the Retina Display at 2010 when Apple released the iPhone 4. With a pretty high pixel density, the Retina Display amazed many people at that time. Nowadays many electronic equipments has adopted the Retina Display, especially notebook and cellphone. You may get curious about it, so this article will just reveal the mysteries of Retina Display. 

What is Retina Display?
The concept of Retina Display was first put forward by Apple. Generally speaking , A Retina Display is a kind of LCD with high enough pixel density that the human eye is unable to notice pixelation at a typical viewing distance. The iPhone 4 is the first equipment adopted Retina Display.

What is the standard of Retina Display?
As mentioned above, Retina Display is a display with high pixel density. So what’s the standard? With what pixel density a LCD can be called Retina Display? Apple set a formula:
So what does this stange formula mean?
a stands for angle of view, h stands for pixel pitch, d stands for viewing distance.
We can see that the standard may differ in different devices. For a device held 10 to 12 inches from our eye, 300 PPI(pixel per inch, a way of expressing pixel density) can be enough so that you can not notice pixelation.
It can be calculated by multiplying the distance to the screen times the resolution of the screen in pixels per unit length times twice the Tan of π divided by 360 (equal to half a degree in radians). Remember to use units, whether imperial or metric, consistently in applying this formula. If the distance to the screen is measured in inches, then the resolution of the screen must be in PPI. If the distance to the screen is measured in centimetres, the resolution of the screen must be in PPC. Two times the Tan of π divided by 360 can also be approximated with π divided by 180 (= 0.01745).

What is real  Retina Display?
Actually Retina Display is not a new invention, not even a new technology.It means a high-quality display effect.High pixel density is just a basic element.
A real Retina Display include two aspects:hardware and software
Hardware technology
1.High pixel density
This is the basic and most important feature of Retina Display.
2.High-quality panel
A Retina Display usually adopted LPS(In-Plane Switching technology) panel which provides wide field, little light leak, wide colour gamut, good colour rendition.
3.High-capacity battery
High pixel density means much more battery consumption.
Software technology
A real Retina Display needs the support of both operating system and applications to display text and image perfectly, without any distortion. For Apple, they adopt a technologh called HiDPI mode. With the support of HiDPI mode, each user interface widget is doubled in width and height to compensate for the smaller pixels. This technology is also promoted to application developers. In this way all apps of iOS could be developed or modified to adapt the high density display mode.

Products with Retina Display
                Model                          PPI (pixels per inch)    Resolution    Typical Viewing Distance
iPhone 4/4S and iPod Touch 4                  326                  960*640        10 inches (25 cm)
iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5                       26                   1136*640        10 inches (25 cm)
iPad (3rd)/4th generation)                         260                2048*1536      15 inches (38 cm)
MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15"        220                2880*1800      20 inches (51 cm)
MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13"        227                2560*1600      20 inches (51 cm)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The cheapest Kindle Paperwhite cover / case list

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is one of the most popular reading devices in the current eReader market. After getting a paperwhite in hand, you are likely to have an extra case so that the beloved eReader will last longer. Apart from style, color, and brand, price is another important factor. Here are 5 cheapest cases / covers for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.

Amazon Kindle Zip Sleeve, Lime

Price: $9.99
Used: $3.25
FREE Shipping on orders over $25
Color: Lime

This case is stylish and simple, protecting your Kindle Paperwhite from general scuffs and scratches. The fabric is plain and lightweight, but appears easy to get soiled. The special lime color is also a bright spot.

JAVOedge Fish Flex Sleeve for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Price: $14.95 + $3.45 shipping

This case first stands out with the shinning yellow-green color and vivid fabric. In addition, there are magnets strategically placed, which makes it easy to fold the sleeve into a viewing stand when necessary. The strong magnets also provide a reliable way to protect your Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle or Touch.

Belkin Portfolio Sleeve Case

FREE Shipping on orders over $25

As a certified “Made for Kindle” accessory, this case is made of insulated material with excellent quality, which can be applied to general Kindle E-ink models (Paperwhite, Kindle and Kindle Touch). It is flexible, durable and form-fitting. The neoprene exterior makes it easy to grip.

Marware Atlas Kindle Case Cover

Price: 14.99
Used Price: $6.95
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Colors: Beige, Black, Charcoal, Pink

Marware Atlas Kindle Case Cover is also certified by Amazon, fitting both Paperwhite and Kindle / Touch perfectly. The sturdy exterior and micro-suede interior protect your eReader from all scratches and harm. The interior hand strap enables users to read with one hand while the folio cover design is simple yet pretty.

Slim Smart Cover for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Paper white Folio Lychee Skin PU Leather Case 1 PCS/LOT

Price: $8.2
Bulk Price: $7.79 / piece (3 pieces or more)
FREE delivery (from sue Jiang’s store, China)
Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Sky Blue, Brown, Rose, Pink, Green, White, Purple

The primary merit of this case falls to the budget price (said to be 100% new). Bulk purchase will be even cheaper. The case itself seems sturdy without any additional function integrated. One problem is that this item is delivered from China, which will take 15 to 26 days (to the US).