When you finally close the cover on a great book, what do you do? If you’re like me, you feel satisfaction, like you’ve accomplished something significant. You reflect on characters and their roles within the plot. I then immediately search either for another book by the same author, or reach for the sequel. Case companies usually don’t create sequels to their products, but most companies aren’t Twelve South. And most companies don’t have a product like the BookBook for iPad. In an over-saturated market, Twelve South has continually shown why the BookBook for iPad is the one of the most exquisite and well-crafted cases you can purchase. Not satisfied with resting on their laurels, Twelve South has introduced the BookBook for iPad Vol. II. Can it improve on an already stellar product? Read on to find out.
The BookBook Vol. II is still composed out of premium leather and is hand-distressed, making each unit unique. The feel of the leather is supreme, and it smells fantastic. I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Now in “Classic Black”, the BookBook Vol. II is a looker. Designed to look like a vintage book, the case features embossed laural designs on the corners, along with a “spine” that furthers the skeuomorphic design. Also, the words “BookBook” and “Vol XII” are embossed on the “spine”. Moreover, the “spine” doubles as a drop-protection feature. The back of the BookBook Vol. II features an embossed Twelve South logo.
While the BookBook Vol. II is 33% thinner than it’s predecessor, significant changes take place inside of the case. Gone are the two leather stirrups and elastic band to hold in the iPad. Now, the BookBook Vol. II features a full on leather body that encompasses the whole iPad, while still allowing access to all of your ports and buttons.
Previously, the “stand” feature of the BookBook featured a leather string that wrapped around a button to allow the actual cover of the case to act as the stand. Now, thanks to the leather interior that holds the iPad, using the BookBook Vol. II as a stand is much easier. Twelve South has even added a typing-angle, something the previous iteration didn’t have.
I thought the previous generation of BookBook for iPad was great, but Vol. II is phenomenal. It’s a sequel that actually trumps its predecessor. It’s obvious Twelve South is constantly looking to innovate, and it surely shows with the BookBook for iPad Vol. II. You can buy the BookBook for iPad Vol. II on Twelve South’s website for $79.99.
PROS: Exquisite design, great functionality, greatly improves previous iteration.