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BookBook case disguises iPad mini as a vintage book

Covers for the iPad mini are sold everywhere, popping up quickly after Apple(s aapl) introduced the small slate in October. I’m still using a Zagg Keys 9 keyboard and case combo for my iPad mini, but there are times that I want to lose the keyboard and go with a stylish case. Just yesterday, I wandered over to the Twelve South site to see if they had their BookBook case available for an iPad mini. Nope, only the larger iPads were supported. But my timing was clearly off because today there’s a BookBook for iPad mini.

BookBook iPad mini typingEngadget noticed the product launch and my finger is already hovering over the “order” button. The BookBook, for those not familiar with it, is a case that makes your iPad look like a vintage book. It comes in three colors for $69.99, which includes U.S. shipping: Vibrant Red, Classic Black and Vintage Brown. The BookBook opens and closes with two zippers so you can still charge your iPad mini while in the case. The BookBook isn’t just a looker though.

Your iPad mini is secured inside the case in what BookBook calls a support frame: Essentially, it’s a leather pocket or sleeve holding the tablet. Two hardback book covers wrapped in leather make up the front and back while between the support frame and the covers are lined with black suede for protection.

BookBook iPad mini in landscape

You can even prop up the iPad mini for watching video or typing with the BookBook, so there’s no functionality loss compared to most other cases. The BookBook weighs 7.5 ounces, which isn’t too bad considering the light iPad mini itself weighs 10.8 ounces. I worked full-time in a library for six years so maybe that’s why the BookBook is calling my name?

11 Responses to “BookBook case disguises iPad mini as a vintage book”

  1. steve kristan

    I love my Book Book for the iPhone. They only part I’d change is the ability to keep in in the case to take a picture. Since there is no camera hole in the Book Book, you can’t take pictures while still in the case. Is that the same with the new Book Book for iPad mini?

  2. tatilsever

    Wouldn’t it be actually useful if you made a post after you used it (or at least after you decided to buy it not just hovering over the buy button) rather than rephrasing the product info page?

  3. I have the Book Book for my iPhone and will definitely get one too when I buy myself a new iPad (mini). The vintage look and feel just is superb. I love them, much more than the school composition book Larry mentioned. I didn’t like school :)

  4. Tim Davies

    I’ve had one for my iPad for the past few months…and LOVE it.

    It does not always stay in the case, but when I leave the house with it, it stays inside the case. You can also just slip it into the case without putting it inside the leather securing section if your in a rush. it still protects it and does not bulge.

  5. Ron Larson

    I like the title on the spine… “Book Book”.

    If they are smart, they will let you special order a title of your choice. Or perhaps we can come up with some good snarky or punny names here on this thread?

    “A Brave New Pad”