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The Best Kindle Paperwhite Cases of 2021

By Jordan Nottrodt Accessories, E-readers2 Comments

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Amazon dominates the market for ebook readers, and the Kindle Paperwhite is arguably the best of the bunch. It’s compact, lightweight, and glare-free, with a direct connection to Amazon’s extensive ebook and audiobook catalog and many public libraries.

The most recent Kindle Paperwhites are also water-resistant (IPX8). You shouldn’t attempt to read underwater, just in case you were planning to, but you’ll be protected from rain, pool splashes, accidentally dropping it in the bath, and the occasional drink spill.

Thanks to that inbuilt water resistance, heavy-duty cases aren’t really necessary, but you should still protect your device from scratches, drops, and general wear and tear. That e-ink screen can be surprisingly fragile if you’re not careful.

When choosing a Paperwhite case, it’s worth considering how and where you’ll be reading. How often do you use your Kindle? Do you need a kickstand to prop it up? Will it mostly be used at home or often live in a purse or backpack? Do you care about its aesthetics?

We’ve put together our picks for the best Kindle Paperwhite cases at the moment, for both the new 6.8″ (11th-gen) Paperwhite and the previous model, based on their price, level of protection, aesthetics, and extra features like built-in kickstands and hand straps.

Best Case Overall: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Water-Safe Fabric Cover
  • Thickness: unspecified
  • Material: Fabric
  • Kickstand? No
  • Supported Paperwhite Models: 10th and 11th-gen

Best Full Protection Case: Twelve South BookBook for Kindle Paperwhite
  • Thickness: 1 inch
  • Material: Leather
  • Kickstand? No
  • Supported Paperwhite Models: 10th-gen only

Best Case with Kickstand: MoKo Kindle Paperwhite Case With Stand
  • Thickness: 0.6 inches
  • Material: PU Leather
  • Kickstand? Yes
  • Supported Paperwhite Models: 10th and 11th-gen

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Best Leather Case: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Premium Leather Cover
  • Thickness: 0.5 inches
  • Material: Leather
  • Kickstand? No
  • Supported Paperwhite Models: 10th-gen only

Best on a Budget: Fintie Slimshell Kindle Paperwhite Case
  • Thickness: 0.4 inches
  • Material: PU leather
  • Kickstand? No
  • Supported Paperwhite Models: 10th and 11th-gen

Best Case Overall: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Water-Safe Fabric Cover

Kindle Paperwhite Water-Safe Fabric Cover (10th Generation-2018), Charcoal Black

The Kindle Paperwhite Water-Safe Fabric Cover is designed by Amazon to perfectly fit the 10th or 11th-generation Paperwhite Kindle. It’s a simple, reasonably priced case that gets the job done.

The case is extremely thin and lightweight, adding barely any additional bulk to your slim e-reader. The firm cover is coated with a durable fabric similar to soft canvas, and is available in three different shades, depending on the model.

10th-gen Paperwhites get Charcoal Black, Marine Blue, and a dramatic Canary Yellow, while the 11th-gen version gets a more muted palette of Black, Deep Sea Blue, and Lavender Haze.

The material is water-resistant to complement the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon recommends that you try to avoid getting it wet, but it’s not going to fall to pieces if you do. The case has a magnetic closure to ensure the top cover stays put when not in use. Closing the cover puts the Kindle to sleep, and opening it turns the device back on.

Our only real nitpick here is that the cutouts for the ports on the top and bottom of the Kindle run for almost the entire width of the case. This reduces the protection a little on the corners where you’d expect many knocks and bumps to happen. The most fragile part, the screen, remains fully protected, however.

Overall it’s a simple, functional case that does a good job, offers reasonable protection, and is made by the same company that produces the Kindle itself. On that basis, it’s our top Paperwhite case pick.

Pros
  • Magnetic closure
  • Lightweight
  • Water-safe fabric, available in three colors
  • Mid-range price
Cons
  • The fabric cover can fray over time
  • Small Amazon logo on the front cover
  • No kickstand
  • Large cutouts at the top and bottom
Buy on Amazon

Best Full Protection Case: Twelve South BookBook for Kindle Paperwhite

Twelve South BookBook for Kindle Paperwhite 4, 10th Gen 2019 | Distressed Hardback Full-Grain Leather Case and Viewing Easel with Auto-Wake/Sleep

The Twelve South BookBook for Kindle Paperwhite is a one-of-a-kind case for the 10th-gen Paperwhite. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you’re looking for complete protection on all sides or want a case that will draw attention, the BookBook stands out in a crowd.

The Twelve South BookBook case is designed to resemble a vintage book cover, and does a surprisingly good job of it. It’s made with genuine leather that’s purposely hand-distressed, with gold foil edges, stitching, and embossing. The leather naturally wears over time for a real vintage look. 

The case zips up for full protection when not in use, and the hardback cover and spine add genuine crush protection, which is a bit of a rarity. It has a microfiber interior lining, an integrated kickstand, and as with many Kindle cases, puts your device to sleep or wakes it up by closing or opening the cover.

The downside is that the extra features and added protection add quite a bit of bulk to your Paperwhite. The case is 8oz and an inch thick, compared to the 0.3-inch thickness of the Kindle Paperwhite itself.

The company is developing a version of the case for the new 11th-gen Paperwhite: it’s not out yet, but based on the previous version, we expect good things when it does get released.

Pros
  • Stylish book design
  • Genuine leather
  • Integrated kickstand
  • Hardback cover and spine for crush protection
  • Microfiber interior lining
Cons
  • Bulky
  • Unique design may draw attention
  • More expensive than other options
  • No 11th-gen Paperwhite version (yet)
Buy on Amazon

Best Case with Kickstand: MoKo Kindle Paperwhite Case With Stand

MoKo Case for 6.8' Kindle Paperwhite (11th Generation-2021) and Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, Lightweight PU Leather Cover Stand Shell with Hand Strap for Kindle Paperwhite 2021, Black

If you like to prop up your Kindle while you reading on it, the MoKo Kindle Paperwhite Case is an affordable option that has both a kickstand and a hand strap built into the top cover.

Like most others, the case has a magnetic closure and auto wake/sleep function that turns your Paperwhite off when not in use. The kickstand fits snugly into a small cutout when you’re not using it, so it doesn’t dangle or get in the way. There’s also a small pocket for storing a couple of credit cards at the top of the stand.

The outside is made from splash-proof PU leather. It’s nothing fancy, but the price is right. There’s an anti-scratch microfiber lining on the inside to keep the screen from getting scuffed, while the hard exterior adds some crush protection.

To make room for the integrated kickstand and hand strap, the case is a little larger than other options. At a little under 0.6 inches, it’s around twice as thick as the device itself.

Available for both 10th and 11th-gen models, it’s a solid performer at a reasonable price for those who want the convenience of a kickstand or hand strap for their Paperwhite.

Pros
  • Integrated kickstand and hand strap
  • Magnetic closure
  • Small pocket for credit cards or cash
  • Charging cutout
  • Reasonable price
Cons
  • Bulkier than some other cases
Buy on Amazon

Best Leather Case: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Premium Leather Cover

All-new Kindle Paperwhite Premium Leather Cover (10th Generation-2018), Rustic

If you want something a little fancier or more professional than usual, the Kindle Paperwhite Premium Leather Cover is a stylish (and more expensive) version of Amazon’s fabric Paperwhite case. It’s about double the cost of the original design.

It comes with all of the same features—firm cover, lightweight design, magnetic closure, an auto sleep/wake function—and is only 0.2 inches thicker than the Paperwhite itself. What you’re paying extra for is the smooth-finish premium leather cover.

The leather will wear and patina naturally. This means the more you use your case, the more the leather will show natural wear. Areas of the leather that soak in more oil from your hands or elsewhere will darken for an attractive vintage look.

It’s ideal for those who want a classy cover or who need a professional design when traveling for work, although be aware that it’s likely to show scuff marks after you’ve had it for a while.

Note: we’re only recommending the leather case if you have the previous (10th-gen) Paperwhite model. While Amazon has released an updated version for the latest Paperwhite, the quality is noticeably lower. Other manufacturers haven’t stepped up to the plate with good leather cases yet, but when and if they do, we’ll mention it here.

Pros
  • Magnetic closure
  • Lightweight
  • Premium leather exterior
  • Professional design
Cons
  • More expensive than other options
  • No kickstand
  • Small Amazon logo on the front cover
  • May show scuff marks after a while
Buy on Amazon

Best on a Budget: Fintie Slimshell Kindle Paperwhite Case

Fintie Slimshell Case for 6.8' Kindle Paperwhite (11th Generation-2021) and Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition - Premium Lightweight PU Leather Cover with Auto Sleep/Wake, Black

If budget is your top priority, the Fintie Slimshell Kindle Paperwhite Case is a cost-effective option. It comes with many of the same features as the branded Amazon case for less than half the price.

The inside of the Fintie case has a soft lining that prevents scratches, while the firm lid has a magnetic closure that automatically turns the Kindle on or off when it opens or closes. It’s made of synthetic leather for added grip, but don’t expect more than what you pay for in terms of look and feel. 

This lightweight case comes in plain black and a couple of eye-popping floral designs, depending on whether you’re trying to blend in or stand out from the crowd.

We’ve been using the 10th-gen version of this case for over three years, and it’s spent much of its life bouncing around in a backpack. The corners have started to fray in the last six months, but that’s the only sign of wear. Given how little it cost, frayed edges after a few years are far from a deal-breaker.

Pros
  • Magnetic closure
  • Lightweight
  • Microfiber interior lining
  • Low price
Cons
  • No kickstand
  • Synthetic leather
  • Corners may eventually fray
Buy on Amazon

Which One to Choose?

Overall, your Paperwhite case choice comes down to how you prefer to use it. Is a kickstand important to you, or is it more important to have a lightweight case that matches the thin design of the Paperwhite? Do you want something that comes in a variety of patterns and will stand out in a crowd, or are you looking for a more understated design?

For most people, Amazon's basic Kindle Paperwhite case is the best option. It’s reasonably priced, hard-wearing, and can either blend into the background or stand out from the other side of the room depending on which color you choose. 

If you’re after a more stylish look, either go for Amazon's upgraded leather case version or Twelve South's high-end vintage model, while if you don’t care much about aesthetics and just want a cheap, effective case for your Paperwhite, Fintie's got you covered.

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Main image via Maarten van den Heuvel (beach e-reader), product images via Amazon

About the Author
Jordan Nottrodt

Jordan Nottrodt

Jordan works remotely, from home or abroad, to help businesses conquer their online messaging. When she's not working or relaxing outside, she's watching movies and shows to contribute to her goal of creating the largest database of online drinking games. Spark an immediate and detailed conversation by mentioning Mad Men or Game of Thrones.

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    I like to take my kindle out of the case to read. I bought the Amazon fabric case, but it’s really hard to get the kindle out. Do any of the cases you reviewed allow the kindle to pop in and out easily?

    1. Dave Dean

      Not really, unfortunately. Most manufacturers make it a very snug fit, so the Kindle doesn’t accidentally fall out of the case when you drop it. Maybe a padded sleeve like this might work? You can get other versions with zip or buckle closures as well, if you prefer.

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