Top 10 Kindle Paperwhite Cases – How the 2018 Design Affects Your Choice

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The tenth generation of Amazon’s Paperwhite Kindle brought with it increased battery life, smaller profile, and improved waterproofing features that make beach reading a real possibility. The slimmer, lighter new Kindle won’t work with old Kindle cases however, so if you’ve gotten one of the newest models you’ll need a new case to match, but since plenty of us are still rocking those durable design models of yesteryear, we’re also putting our recs in for best old-model cases too.

What You Should Know

  • For New (2018) Design
  • Textured leather with microfiber interior
  •  Reviewers say: Functional but overpriced

It’s still a cinch to put your Kindle into sleep mode, or tell it to wake again, with a securely fitting case. This slim bodied leather design features a magnetic closure that snaps into place and comes in seven color options, so you’ll be protecting your reader without having to sacrifice style points.

Review Highlights

“…after a month of constant use it shows no noticeable wear. And it snaps in place so tightly that it’s easy to forget it’s not actually part of the Kindle itself.”

What You Should Know

  • Fits Paperwhites before the 10th Gen
  • Leather
  • Over 20,000 Reviews

If you’re still rocking an older model paperwhite reader, you’re not alone.  The case selection is still excellent, and while these older Kindles may not have the most up to date features, they’re plenty durable for most users. Amazon’s official case on offer has thousands of rave reviews and a selection of both bold and neutral color choices, all in a thin but durable leather that helps you keep a firm grip on your tablet, even during a shocking whodunit reveal on that bestselling mystery novel you’re reading.

Review Highlights

“I’ve been using this for over a year now and it is still holding up, and protecting my Paperwhite despite numerous airports, back and forth in my man bag, and several drops onto concrete.”

What You Should Know

  • Inexpensive, with a lifetime guarantee
  • Adds bulk, but protects your device very well
  • Convenient charging cutout

Inexpensive yet innovative, this convenient case fits pre-2018 models and features a prop-up design for hands free use, as well as over a dozen color or pattern options, so every member of the family can have their own device and a case to match their personality.

Review Highlights

“This case is FANTASTIC. It is SLIGHTLY bulky, but only enough to protect your kindle from all dangerous encounters it might have, I have no doubt that my paperwhite is going to be around for a while in this thing. It’s also made very well, very very good quality, probably as good as those other $50.00-60.00 cases you see on Amazon”

What You Should Know

  • More than 15 color or patterned designs
  • Magnetized prop 
  • Automatic wake/sleep your Kindle by opening or closing the case

Designed for the new 10th Gen Paperwhite, these vibrant and bold cases come in a variety of fun patterns, like starry nebulae or lucky trees, and an innovative magnetically attached kickstand style prop for hands-free reading, perfect for keeping that cookbook page propped up for easy reading while both hands are full.

Review Highlights

“I discovered MoKo cases years ago, and have been a fan ever since. You can’t beat the combination of utility, quality, and price. I went right to the MoKo cases when I purchased my Paperwhite, and it’s unlikely I’d go anywhere else. I’ve never been disappointed.”

What You Should Know

  • Less than 10$
  • Highly reviewed
  • Lightweight

While you must pay particular attention to the model list that this protective case will fit on, if you own one of the accepted model Kindles this is the best deal you’ll find on a case. Highly reviewed and less than 10$ purchase price is a rare combination, and weighing in at only 3.2 ounces it’s barely even noticeable on your device.

Review Highlights

“I have dropped it on concrete twice and the case protected it from breaking, I know this case is NOT designed for this sort of impact, but it protected it nonetheless.”

What You Should Know

  • For 10th Gen Paperwhites
  • Wakes and Sleeps with a book-like opening
  • Official Amazon case

This water resistant fabric case is the perfect compliment to the new Kindle Paperwhite’s design, and reviewers are showing a strong preference for it even over similarly priced leather cases from Amazon. Available in a cheery canary yellow, marine blue, and charcoal black, it’s soft but still tough, much like the protagonist Jody from the classic bildungsroman The Yearling.

Review Highlights

“This time I decided to forgo the more expensive leather cover and try the fabric one, and I expect that it will be fine over time if perhaps less durable than leather. Hopefully I won’t regret that since the leather cover is only $10 more, but I’m not that hard on my devices so I expect this will be just fine.”

What You Should Know

  • Available for 6 or 7″ Kindles
  • Zip-up closure
  • External pocket for accessories

If you want to use your Paperwhite sans-case but recognize the need to protect it while traveling, commuting, or when it’s in storage, you’ll love the convenience of this zip-closed case. Available in 6 or 7″ capacities, it fits a wide range of Paperwhite Kindles, as well as having room for accessories in the exterior pocket.

Review Highlights

“Fits my kindle paper white nicely and I like the pocket in the front to hold my keys when I take it to the gym. Price point is good too.”

What You Should Know

  • Genuine leather will develop a unique patina over time
  • Fits 10th Gen Kindle Paperwhites
  • High-End, with a price to match

This premium leather case rocks a high price tag, but reviewers love the mature and professional look this cover conveys. However, reviews are mixed as to whether it fully justifies the over 50$ cost; it’s nearly half the price of the lowest priced new model Paperwhite. Ultimately it will come down both to use and taste, as commuters carrying the case in a bag with keys, phone, etc are much more likely to damage the beautiful leather than are bedside readers.

Review Highlights

“I’ve never been a fan of putting brightly colored or cheap looking cases on my electronic devices, so this cover offers a very nice alternative to those. The rustic brown color gives my Kindle a classy appearance, and the cover feels very nice in hand.”

Review Highlights

  • Fits pre-2018 versions
  • Dozens of designs to choose from
  • Be sure to inspect designs carefully before ordering

If upgrading to a new model Paperwhite for you means handing down an older version to a child, picking up a kid-friendly case can make their new-to-them device last longer. Perfect for car rides or vacation, you can pack an entire library worth of kids books into a single device, and with a Kindle Unlimited subscription you could save tons of money on new books for a heavy reader.

Review Highlights

“This line of covers has such unique designs that I wish we had more Kindles so we could buy some of the other choices.”

What You Should Know

  • Fits pre-2018 Paperwhites
  • Textured to feel similar to a hardback book
  • Doesn’t automatically put the Kindle into sleep mode

A clever gift for the family bibliophine, these Kindle cases are designed to look like classic works of literature, whether your big reader adores Victorian horrors a la Stoker’s Dracula, or prefers an indulgent re-read of Pride and Prejudice. The cover stays roughly in the same position as a physical book cover would, so it’s perfect for anyone who dislikes it when people read over their shoulders in public.

Review Highlights

“Very nice case, feel is closer to the kind of card board of a hard cover than the leather feel of other vintage style covers. Makes it easy to hold it one handed like a real book. Only downside is the lack of built in sleep mode when you close it.” 


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