When I bought my Kobo Touch I had a look at the available cases which were dedicated Kobo Touch cases. Suffice to say they were all either horrible design, horrible colour, impractical or a mix of all three, and quite honestly far too expensive for (let’s face it) a case. So I had a browse around online. And I have to point out that I did not browse through the many thousands of choices on every website available to me, therefore, far be it from me to say there are “NO good official Kobo Touch cases available”. HOWEVER, I will venture to say that of the ones I looked at, about 98% seemed to have a weird elastic string thing going on. Rather than describing it I’ll just include a picture below:
Which, to me, looks pretty flimsy. I mean basically there are just these 4 bits of string between your Kobo and certain e-reader death. Plus elastic wears out over time so surely this is not a long term solution. However, as I DO NOT ACTUALLY HAVE ONE, nor have I used one (apart from trying it in the shop), I can’t say how well this works or how long the elasticity lasts. But I wasn’t about to risk it.
ANYway, this design did not impress and I was looking for a sturdy, practical case for my Kobo as
1.) – I tend to drop things a lot so it needs to be protected
2.) – I want to take my Kobo most places I go, so it must survive being shoved in a bag with keys and money and other stuff
After searching unsuccessfully for some time I discovered an extremely crucial and vital detail. The Kobo Touch and the 4th Generation Kindle are ALMOST exactly the same size!! The Kobo Touch measures 165mm by 114mm (6.5″ x 4.5″) and has a depth of 10mm (0.4″) while the Kindle 4 measures 166mm by 114mm (6.5″ x 4.5″) and has a depth of 8.7mm (0.34″).
So in a box it’s something like this…
Aha! The scope was vastly expanded due to Amazon’s stock of cases for it’s own e-reader.
My final choice was the CaseCrown Regal Flip Case for Amazon Kindle 4th Generation. The case itself is advertised to measure 165mm by 121mm (6.5″ x 4.8″) and has a depth of 13 mm (0.5″). I have heard reports that this is too small to completely cover the Kindle 4 but it is perfect for the Kobo Touch.
To further aid people who may be looking for a perfect Kobo Touch cover (this is it!) I will add further details below.
Point 1. Size and Fit.
The case fits as snugly as a very snug thing (I do not believe bugs are snug in rugs, nor should they ever feel that I recommend them to be snug in any rug of mine). People may be concerned that the Kobo Touch measurements (165mm x 114mm x 10mm) are too close to those of the case (165mm x 121mm x 13mm). However these are the exact measurements of my case with the Kobo inside:
Exterior folder part: 168.5mm x 130mm x 19mm
Interior Kobo-holding part: 165mm x 115mm x 8mm
and, as I say, it fits perfectly.
Point 2. Durability.
This case has some reinforcing inside so that when you drop it (accidents are inevitable) the exterior folder part cushions the fall. This means that 95% of the time your actual Kobo doesn’t even make contact when it falls.
Point 3. Practicality.
Your Kobo is held by 6 sturdy straps, 2 at the bottom, 2 on the right and 2 on the left. These are the two on the clasp side.
The top is open so you can push your e-reader in. I have NEVER had my e-reader fall out of the top side and I’ve been using it every day for just over 6 months. I took a picture of me holding my e-reader (by the non e-reader side of the case of course!) upside down over my desk for a couple of minutes (although I suppose this picture is not particularly strong evidence).
The model I am recommending has a gap between the two straps at the bottom so you can easily access your charging point without removing the case.
The top side is open, as I mentioned earlier, so your on/off button is always accessible.
Point 4. The Clasp
The clasp is nice and strong so I have yet to find my case has fallen open in my bag. This is a good thing when so many things -keys, coins, pens- can scratch the screen of an e-reader and make it more difficult to use.
Point 5. The Material
The affordable price should tell you that this is not leather but it feels fine to touch regardless. If you choose your colour wisely you will see no dirt or fingerprints or any wear on it at all (as I say, I’ve been using it every day for just over 6 months). On the inside there is some softer material as well.
Point 6. Handy Card Holding Pockets
I don’t use these that much in general but if I am on the bus, underground or train they are a lifesaver. If you are like me and tend to put your ticket away in a bag or pocket without really thinking about it and then panic later when you can’t find it, you’ll love these. I tend to read on said transportation so I can relax seeing my ticket secure on the other side of my Kobo cover.
Point 7. It’s similar to holding a book…
OK, it’s never going to be the same as a book, but it starts to feel similar. It’s a bit like holding a light hardback book (although obviously without the wonderful bookyness). On the up side you don’t have to worry about pages falling out or the binding breaking (I pause here to curse all intentional binding breakers: Curse you and your ways!). I know I can’t speak for everyone, but from personal experience and other testimonies, the e-reader + case really does grow on you.