I’ve made it no secret that Twelve South makes the best Apple-centered accessories on the market. From their iPad Compass stand, to their innovative Plugbug charger, Twelve South constantly innovates in a market filled with copy cats and cheap products. I was lucky enough to get my hands on their BookBook for iPad.
Was I pleased? Read on to find out.
The BookBook for iPad mimics the design of the BookBook for MacBook Pro, which I reviewed a while back. Sporting absolute gorgeous worn leather, the BookBook is a product composed of high quality materials. The overall aesthetic of the case resembles that of an old, leather-bound book. This is a good thing for a few reasons: firstly, it looks awesome. I’ve had so many people ask me why I’m carry an ancient book around campus. They’re astounded when I show them that it’s not a book at all, but an iPad case. Secondly, the BookBook passively acts as a security measure while taking you iPad in public places.
The BookBook closes via two zippers with leather pull-tabs. The zippers glide easily and I’ve had no difficulty opening or closing the BookBook.
The “spine” of the BookBook features a hard, inner frame that ensures protection in the unfortunate event that you drop your iPad. Furthermore, the spine of the case features lettering containing “Vol XII” (a homage to the company’s name) and “BookBook”, giving the BookBook an even more authentic look.
The iPad is easily placed inside of the BookBook but inserting the bottom of the device into two stirrups and stretching the elastic band over the top. The result is a surprisingly snug fit. While it isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing way to hold the iPad in a case, it works seamlessly.The inside of the case itself is lined with a brown, suede material, further ensuring that your iPad wont get scratched while inside of the BookBook.
One of the coolest features about the BookBook for iPad is the unorthodox way it which you use the BookBook in landscape orientation. Featuring a leather string and button, you can make the BookBook enter landscape orientation by stretching the string underneath the case and wrapping the excess around the button. The result is a taunt string that holds the covers of the BookBook in a fashion that resembles an upside-down “V”.
At $69.99, the BookBook isn’t cheap. However, it’s has the most personality of any case I’ve used for my iPad. It’s made from extremely high-quality materials, and offers unique and interesting ways to protect your iPad. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using any of Twelve South’s products, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say things like “it’s a Twelve South product, what’s not to love?” If you’re looking for one of the most attractive-looking iPad cases on the market, look no further than the BookBook for iPad. You can check it out on Twelve South’s website here.
Pros: Gorgeous design, high quality
Cons: Method for holding iPad is a little unorthodox and aesthetically displeasing.