The "official" Amazon cover for the Paperwhite Kindle almost completely encases the device (leaving just a small gap at the bottom for access to the power switch and USB connector), without adding too much bulk to it. I would feel quite confident about putting this into a bag safe in the knowledge that my Kindle was well-protected. This is a definite improvement on the old Kindle Keyboard cases, which left three edges of the device exposed. The back is a hard, shell like structure. You can see the edges of it around the Paperwhite when it's in place, so this is something to be aware of if you think you'll be distracted by a persimmon coloured border. (I've gone for the ink blue which is dark enough not be distract me). The leather finish is grained like the old Kindle Keyboard covers, which I think will wear better than the smoother covers Amazon designed for the Kindle 4. It's quite tight to get the Paperwhite in, and once there, it fits snuggly. It won't fall out. The front of the cover is slightly more supple, but not soft, and it protects the screen well, particularly because it is held closed by a magnet. The interior fabric grey lining is unobtrusive and soft enough not to cause any concerns. I like the fact that opening/closing the cover wakes/sends the Paperwhite to sleep, a bit like the iPad smart covers. As another reviewer has noted, it's hardly onerous to press the power button, but it's a nice feature nonetheless. All in all, I'm pleased with this case. You end up paying quite a lot for the official Amazon covers, but this one does seem particularly well thought through, so I'm pleased with my purchase.