Top critical review
Expensive and not a great fit but I can live with it
25 January 2013
When this first arrived, I was quite pleased. I say "quite" because it was straight away clear that this was overpriced. It does the job (at least I thought it did...) - kindle fits snugly inside, it's slimline not bulky, and the look and quality is pretty OK. I bought it for the attached light which seems to work fine. It's certainly not £50 worth of kit though. I'd say it should be priced around £35. But even then...
It was only after using it for a day that I realised the left hand forward button wouldn't work at all, and the left hand back button only with extra pressure. Took kindle out of cover (not an easy task as others have pointed out) and it worked fine. Put it back in and it definitely didn't. I'm right handed so I hadn't noticed, but my husband would have a problem. I remembered seeing a couple of other reviews saying the same and assumed these were isolated faults but clearly they're not. Fortunately some reviewers suggested padding the inside cover with some paper to get the buttons to work. Which I did. And now mine works.
Hands up, I should probably have splashed out and bought the kindle Paperwhite and a cover from Tesco in the first place. And carting round a clip-on light certainly didn't appeal, nor did buying a cheapo version of this product where the light only shows the top few lines or conks out after a week! But £50 for a cover that I had to modify before the kindle would work properly? C'mon Amazon, you can do better than that.
Edited: To be fair, Amazon Kindle rang me about this problem and offered to investigate it if I sent back both Kindle and cover. In the end I decided to stick with what I have, so I've amended the title to a milder one and added a star!