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Mr. Biggles
Aug 16, 2010, 07:39 AM
Check it out. Just released. It can act as a stand, but it seems better served as a carry case to me.

:D Yes I ordered it....another case to the pile I already own.

http://www.twelvesouth.com/static/assets/products/productgalleryimage/image/BookBook_iPad_Book_gallerymain.jpg

http://www.twelvesouth.com/static/assets/products/productgalleryimage/image/BookBook_iPad_Movie_gallerymain.jpg



prot0type
Aug 16, 2010, 07:47 AM
Yep, just saw the email also.

/drool

TraceyS/FL
Aug 16, 2010, 08:03 AM
This does nothing for me, but I'm happy there are more and more choices each day!! :D

prot0type
Aug 16, 2010, 08:11 AM
What Im surprised about and what deters me from trying it out, is that it seems to lack the ability for typing. At least from a quick look at the features unless I missed it.

But if that's the case, then I think twelve south should have included a pocket within, maybe along the spine, to store their compass. Seems like a no brainer and a nice package deal, but that's just me.

MacToddB
Aug 16, 2010, 08:21 AM
I'm very excited about this. Just posted a blog about it:

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/2458/bookbook-turns-your-ipad-classic-book

Mr. Biggles
Aug 16, 2010, 09:44 AM
But if that's the case, then I think twelve south should have included a pocket within, maybe along the spine, to store their compass. Seems like a no brainer and a nice package deal, but that's just me.

That didn't dawn on me at first, but your right, that would have been ideal especially considering how long this has been in the works.

ricorick
Aug 16, 2010, 11:35 AM
I am hitting the buy button now...

TraceyS/FL
Aug 16, 2010, 11:56 AM
My daughter loves the outside... But the inside isn't working for her!

Still not working for me, but i agree on the spot for the stand, that would have been uber smart!

IrishVixen
Aug 16, 2010, 11:58 AM
Love the idea...but the elastics are a huge turnoff, and without a typing position, it's a no go.

r6girl
Aug 16, 2010, 02:04 PM
Love the idea...but the elastics are a huge turnoff, and without a typing position, it's a no go.

Ditto that. I love the way it looks but I definitely don't like the elastic/leather bands for holding the iPad and I'm not a fan of zipper cases either. Also, it doesn't look like it would be easy to fold the cover back on itself to hold the iPad with one hand, which I can easily do with my DODOcase.

GaresTaylan
Aug 16, 2010, 03:20 PM
Love the idea...but the elastics are a huge turnoff, and without a typing position, it's a no go.

Agreed. I have been waiting for this for quite some time. The lack of a typing position kills it for me. I have the Apple case and its very easy to swing it around and go straight into a landscape/typing position.

GoCubsGo
Aug 16, 2010, 03:23 PM
They certainly failed here when they did not consider people who put the iPad on any surface and type.

Good going TwelveSouth.

SchneiderMan
Aug 16, 2010, 04:31 PM
Looks pretty awesome indeed. I bet Peapody already bought it :D

nbuubu
Aug 17, 2010, 12:13 AM
I really wanted to like this case, but the elastic just kills it for me. If they had 4 leather corners like the bottom 2 it'd be a definite sale, but the elastic is a Meh Calzone filled with Meh Sauce.

christianinri
Aug 17, 2010, 12:28 AM
Not really a fan of this one. I don't like the strap to secure the top of the iPad.

rydenfan
Aug 17, 2010, 03:52 PM
I have been waiting and waiting for this case but the execution falls flat for me, I think I might pass.

prot0type
Aug 17, 2010, 07:36 PM
Actually, you can type quite comfortably on your iPad in landscape mode in the BookBook. *By simply adjusting the cord, the angle can range from about 25-degrees to about 85-degrees. *And if you feel uncomfortable typing at 25-degrees, the covers of the iPad can be unfolded so the iPad can be a flat 0-degree angle or even a 10-degree angle. *Within the next day or two we'll be posting pictures on the website (BookBook for iPad FAQ page) to show you how this is done.

Cheers!
Twelve South Support

Initially, I asked about the case not having a form of storage for a compass and whether typing using their case was possible. Why this wasn't addressed at first, hmm.

Trapped Wind
Aug 17, 2010, 08:41 PM
I'm either going with this or a Vaja. I have the Apple case now and hate it. Taking your iPad out is a total pain and you cant use any charging mount at all.

jackwins
Aug 18, 2010, 07:23 AM
I'm either going with this or a Vaja. I have the Apple case now and hate it. Taking your iPad out is a total pain and you cant use any charging mount at all.

I cant speak for this case, but I have the Vaja Agenda and I love it!!! At the same time I like the look of this case, but like a lot of others dont like the elastic strap inside. Why didnt they do 3 leather straps and 1 elastic strap in the corners? Im still thinking about getting it though.

Yes I know... Im an iPad case whore :( (Im so ashamed)

Mr. Biggles
Aug 19, 2010, 06:08 PM
I received mine today. I have to say, this is much nicer than I thought it would be. I also have a DoDo case. Personally, no comparison between the two to be honest. Don't get me wrong, the DoDo is a nice case but this bests it.

Pros:
- The aged leather cover is outstanding
- The top strap I was worried about, while not ideal, blends in with the iPads black border.
- The stitching/fabrication of materials is well done with good reinforcing/use of materials in weak areas.
- Zipper is nylon. Should last...it has in the other BookBook cases they make.

Cons:
- The bottom corner straps are tight, but made of leather and will stretch. Actually have since being in the case an hour.....TwelveSouth posted about this.
- To use the chord to use the case as a stand one must undue the top strap and slide the chord behind the iPad. Nit picky maybe, but just an extra step I'd rather not have to make.

Some pictures....and yes, with the chord the case is adjustable, you just need table/desk space.

http://www.pbase.com/smknbud/image/127624649/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/smknbud/image/127624672/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/smknbud/image/127624661/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/smknbud/image/127624710/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/smknbud/image/127624722/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/smknbud/image/127624733/large.jpg

raull1
Aug 19, 2010, 06:32 PM
Thank you for posting these!! I just got a case, but I really wanted to see how this fits on an ipad, how is it working out when you need to do some on the go typing in portrait mode? do you take it out?

one more thing!, can you post a pic to reference the thickness of the case, maybe the closed case with the ipad outside next to the case. I saw from the specs that it's a "1"inch thickness.

WilliamG
Aug 19, 2010, 06:52 PM
Looks pretty if you're into that sort of thing, though that button thing would press against the screen, and that's worrying?

Mr. Biggles
Aug 19, 2010, 07:03 PM
Looks pretty if you're into that sort of thing, though that button thing would press against the screen, and that's worrying?

Pretty? That thought honestly never entered my mind. Zipped-up it's like carrying an old book.

The 'button thing' is a sewn round leather tab...it has no chance of scratching/damaging anything.

Mr. Biggles
Aug 19, 2010, 07:17 PM
Thank you for posting these!! I just got a case, but I really wanted to see how this fits on an ipad, how is it working out when you need to do some on the go typing in portrait mode? do you take it out?

one more thing!, can you post a pic to reference the thickness of the case, maybe the closed case with the ipad outside next to the case. I saw from the specs that it's a "1"inch thickness.

The cover folds over the back no problem, with that said, it feels better in landscape mode, which is how I would use it to type anyhow. The binding gives it a little angle when on lap.

Here's the photo...it's 1.0" thick.

http://www.pbase.com/smknbud/image/127627033/large.jpg

prot0type
Aug 19, 2010, 08:21 PM
Thanks for the pictures, I still love the look.

Still turned off by how it handles landscape typing though, particularly the amount of space it would take up.

dmk005
Aug 19, 2010, 09:58 PM
Received mine today also. I love the rich texture of the worn leather on the outside and the very soft suede inner liner. My corner pockets were tight at first but loosened up within an hour after iPad insertion. The zipper is as nice as any zippered notebook/planner I have seen. I love the look and feel of this case.

The stand mechanism:

I am a lap user and have been since day one. I have a home theater and work from home many days so I spend lots of time either on my reclined home theater seating or on very large luv-sacs positioned as my front row. I curl up on these sacs almost daily and rest the iPad on my legs or lap. With the tether mechanism it is better than I expected in this position. I like how secure the strap makes the angle and how it can be adjusted by just pulling more of the tether towards the rear to stand higher (landscape only) and less so for a table/desktop typing position. I rarely type on a desk so I really did not anticipate needing to extend the tether for this but I like the fact that I can adjust for typing infinitely to the angle that works for my situation. I do less than half my content creation at a desk.

I am not 100% satisfied with the BookBook, however. The tether may work well when used as a stand but when I then go to close it, I have to tuck the tether somewhere where it doesn't get caught in the zipper. I think the best plan is to wrap it around the iPad above it, just below the zipper.

I hope this helps those considering ordering this very unique case. To be honest, I use my iPad 75% of my days so how it feels in my hands is my number one concern. This case feels excellent so for me, so far, its a winner.

David

raull1
Aug 19, 2010, 11:06 PM
Thanks for posting the pictures and opinions, I'm leaning more and more on this, just trying to hold until more information comes in, it came out only days ago.

Here is the first video review/ unwrapping of the bookbook ipad case, but the red version:

http://www.google.com/url?q=http://youtu.be/g7uk9pKBQGo&sa=X&ei=bP5tTPvqD4X7lweau70O&ved=0CCsQsAcwBA&usg=AFQjCNFY3s-GRYBPRs7pcot_pHQTzjIEMg

Enjoy!

Mr. Biggles
Aug 20, 2010, 08:10 AM
I am not 100% satisfied with the BookBook, however. The tether may work well when used as a stand but when I then go to close it, I have to tuck the tether somewhere where it doesn't get caught in the zipper. I think the best plan is to wrap it around the iPad above it, just below the zipper.
David

I do agree. Thats why I'm going thru the motions of just popping the top strap off and then tucking the cord back under the iPad. Then it's easy to just wrap it around the round tab and it gets it out of the way.

Seems like a pain, but it takes all of five seconds.

jjk454ss
Aug 20, 2010, 06:09 PM
I love the look of this case, I'm worried about how it would feel with the cover folded all the way back. I like how the apple case fold all the way open and is comfortable to hold and type. Do the zippers and sides get in the way to use the case all the way open?

dmk005
Aug 21, 2010, 12:07 AM
Holding the iPad with the cover flipped back is quite natural feeling. The soft inside suede material has a terrific soft hand feel. The zipper is definitely there along the circumference of the case but I do not find it obstructive.

All in all, the BookBook case is growing on me. The textures of every material used to build this case are interesting and rich. I even like the leather used on the zipper holds.

Enori
Aug 21, 2010, 09:29 AM
Really great looking case! Could someone post pictures with flap folded back in landscape?

raymond lin
Aug 21, 2010, 09:36 AM
Look what arrived today !

Bookbook by Twelve South

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prot0type
Aug 21, 2010, 07:34 PM
I think I'm still going to pull the trigger on this case. I really like the look and I guess I can deal with carrying around a compass as well.

dmk005
Aug 22, 2010, 12:27 AM
I am still enjoying this case, especially how adjustable the tether mechanism works in landscape mode for typing and working on my lap. But I am concerned that the more I use it in this way, the more prone it will be to warping.

The elastic strap holds the iPad unequally in place compared to the leather corner straps on the other end. This is a growing concern in landscape position because the iPad tends to slide slightly towards the strap and the cover is developing a warp-like bend on the strap end which may get worse over time unless I make sure to give equal time to the case in zippered up position to reverse the warp trend.

David

Mr. Biggles
Aug 22, 2010, 07:09 AM
The elastic strap holds the iPad unequally in place compared to the leather corner straps on the other end. This is a growing concern in landscape position because the iPad tends to slide slightly towards the strap and the cover is developing a warp-like bend on the strap end which may get worse over time unless I make sure to give equal time to the case in zippered up position to reverse the warp trend.

David

From the FAQ at TwelveSouth


Q: When I first install my iPad into BookBook, the corners seem to warp and bend a bit. Is that normal?

A: Yes. The bottom leather supports are quite tight when you first receive your new BookBook. Like any leather, it stretches out over time and will provide a nice snug fit for the life of the product. The slight bending of the corners of the covers is not permanent and will straighten out in a few short days.



Mine has gotten better but not gone away. But it's only been a few days and like all leather will give in time.

I know their answer says bottom corners, which is true, but like dmk005 says, it shows it's affects at the upper strap and a very slight warp along the case side.

The bottom straps are extra tight at first and this holds the bottom of the ipad tight while the upper strap gives. Combine this with the ipad curvature top and bottom and it's obvious what happens. When the bottom leather straps give a little more, it will even things out.

Instead of getting worse over time, it should get better.

dmk005
Aug 22, 2010, 03:06 PM
From the FAQ at TwelveSouth




Mine has gotten better but not gone away. But it's only been a few days and like all leather will give in time.

I know their answer says bottom corners, which is true, but like dmk005 says, it shows it's affects at the upper strap and a very slight warp along the case side.

The bottom straps are extra tight at first and this holds the bottom of the ipad tight while the upper strap gives. Combine this with the ipad curvature top and bottom and it's obvious what happens. When the bottom leather straps give a little more, it will even things out

Instead of getting worse over time, it should get better.

I hope you/they are right because I really want this case to work out. The hand feel of the case and leather patina forming is certainly unique and quite awesome in feel and appearance.

Protection:

The BookBook protects the iPad well. My 4 YO son accidentally knocked it off my living room piano this afternoon and my iPad survived without consequence. The case was only zippered 1/2 of the way around when this happened.

I wonder if 12S would be open to personalizing the BookBook in the same antiqued way the rest of their embellishments are done. This would be ultra cool. As it is now, I get a lot of comments on the BookBook both in surprise as well as appreciation. My grandfather was a well known bookbinder last century and did his own gold leaf, sewing and glue work. He was the best at his artistic craftsmanship. I cannot help but think of him as I enjoy it.

David

Mr. Biggles
Aug 22, 2010, 05:23 PM
I hope you/they are right because I really want this case to work out.

Their explanation seems logical, and I have seen improvement, but I share your sentiment.

prot0type
Aug 22, 2010, 07:56 PM
/sigh

Classic black should be here in a few days.

Damn pictures made me weak-minded.

Mr. Biggles
Aug 22, 2010, 08:30 PM
/sigh

Classic black should be here in a few days.

Damn pictures made me weak-minded.

:D You did a good thing.

It's really unique. I'm thinking you'll really appreciate it once you have it in your hands.

Kadman
Aug 22, 2010, 08:34 PM
The outside looks absolutely incredible! However, the actual method of securing the iPad into the case looks as if it was sorted out in the 30 seconds before the case went into production. Did they simply give up?

prot0type
Aug 23, 2010, 05:39 PM
:D You did a good thing.

It's really unique. I'm thinking you'll really appreciate it once you have it in your hands.

Don't worry i'm looking forward to seeing and holding it in person.

Here's a concern though, should I be worried about the case being exposed to water? I usually keep my iPad in a netbook sleeve and toss it in my backpack. Today however, I was only using my netbook sleeve and it was raining. The sleeve is waterproof so I didn't pay no mind.

SLOlife
Aug 24, 2010, 10:50 PM
Just got my bookbook today. It's amazing. The craftsmanship is just what you'd expect from 12South. The elastic strap at the top really isn't that big of a deal. It doesn't block the screen in any way and kind of just blends in.

prot0type
Aug 25, 2010, 05:53 PM
Received my bookbook today and in person, it looks awesome.

I don't mind the elastic that much, personally i think that 12South should have done 4 leather straps at each corner and one of the four could be opened via Velcro, fastener or something, that way the iPad can be inserted and removed with ease and the case would maintain a uniform look.

I doubt I'll be using the tether at all so it's wrapped around the iPad as suggested earlier. Again though, my one gripe lack of storage for my compass. I'll just toss it in my bag, so it's a minor nitpick.

So until something better comes along, this is my case for the time being :)

jackwins
Aug 25, 2010, 08:07 PM
I just ordered my bookbook. I couldn't resist the outside leather.

prot0type
Aug 29, 2010, 08:51 AM
Many a complement when I whipped it out.

Mostly pertaining to the looks of the exterior and I couldn't agree more.

I did notice however, that when I was going from one room to the next my iPad slipped a little towards the elastic. Obviously the case wasnt closed and I wasn't cradling it but I wasn't flailing it around either. Hopefully it remains to be snug and I'll be more careful knowing what could happen.

jackwins
Aug 30, 2010, 07:17 PM
Got my Bookbook in today and it looks as cool as everyone says. It will take some getting used to, but just the look of it will keep me interested.

Busymom23
Sep 3, 2010, 07:27 PM
I am totally loving my BookBook iPad case! People don't even know I have an iPad unless I tell them. Heh.

Star56
Sep 6, 2010, 03:29 PM
I took my ipad in my Book/Book to several meetings last week. Everyone raved about the case.

Frankly I use it as a carry case and just take it out when I use it. It is outstanding in this role.

Mr. Biggles
Sep 6, 2010, 05:00 PM
Frankly I use it as a carry case and just take it out when I use it. It is outstanding in this role.

Agreed. I do the same pretty much. Have a stand at home and the office.

I think most have figured out by now that this is how it was truly intentioned to be used. It can double as a portable stand, but it's shines as a carry case. Pretty much just like all the BookBook versions for MacBooks.

gks
Sep 15, 2010, 09:38 PM
How is this case when it comes to flipping the cover over for one hand use? I need to be able to put the iPad on my lap in a chair in class. The chair only has a fold up "desk" with enough room for a notebook. So being able to fold the front cover completely to the back is very important.

Thanks.

MacToddB
Sep 15, 2010, 09:53 PM
How is this case when it comes to flipping the cover over for one hand use? I need to be able to put the iPad on my lap in a chair in class. The chair only has a fold up "desk" with enough room for a notebook. So being able to fold the front cover completely to the back is very important.

Thanks.

I was literally using my BookBook in that manner when I saw this post! Works great.

gks
Sep 15, 2010, 10:07 PM
I was literally using my BookBook in that manner when I saw this post! Works great.

Thanks for the feedback. Appreciate the fast response too! Now I just need to verify with professors whether an ebook using student is going to be harassed for using technology in new ways... *sigh*

MacToddB
Sep 15, 2010, 10:19 PM
Thanks for the feedback. Appreciate the fast response too! Now I just need to verify with professors whether an ebook using student is going to be harassed for using technology in new ways... *sigh*

My wife's a college professor and while nobody in her class has used an iPad yet, the click clack of a laptop keyboard is annoying to her and other students. If you can be subtle with e touchscreen and/or use a lecture audio recording app, that might be better.

JonMPLS
Sep 16, 2010, 08:04 AM
The BookBook looks super but I would like a different mounting system. If I was really a fanatic I might try getting a good price on something like a Macally Bookstand*, cut off the back, and glue it in the BookBook to hold the iPad. From the BookBook photos it looks like there is enough space . . .

*other cases that uses clips to hold the ipad might work.

gks
Sep 16, 2010, 08:40 AM
My wife's a college professor and while nobody in her class has used an iPad yet, the click clack of a laptop keyboard is annoying to her and other students. If you can be subtle with e touchscreen and/or use a lecture audio recording app, that might be better.

It's more for the textbook. Carry my iPad vs carry two 10lbs books? I find writing notes on paper to be easier to remember. So there won't be any typing just a replacement for my textbook at this point.

GoCubsGo
Sep 16, 2010, 08:49 AM
It's a beautiful case but am I the only one who uses the iPad on her lap and relies on the incline similar to the Apple case for comfort?

prot0type
Sep 16, 2010, 07:58 PM
so has anyone's case straightened out yet?

FAQ said a few days, but mine are still as curvy as when it arrived.

jjk454ss
Oct 8, 2010, 09:41 PM
I've been going back and forth on wether or not to order this case. Just wondering if anyone has new thoughts or information on it? Any word on how it hols up after some use? What about a different/better way of securing the iPad inside?

dmk005
Oct 9, 2010, 05:58 AM
I've stopped using the Book Book case. The iPad has a tentency to fly out of the case because the straps do not hold it well enough, especially as the corner leather stretches. Sad, I know as it is still quite beautiful.

jjk454ss
Oct 9, 2010, 11:56 AM
I've stopped using the Book Book case. The iPad has a tentency to fly out of the case because the straps do not hold it well enough, especially as the corner leather stretches. Sad, I know as it is still quite beautiful.

That's not what I wanted to hear. Although I like the looks of the case, and wouldn't mind using it like a sleeve to protect I while carrying it around. If your interested in selling yours pm me.

Busymom23
Oct 9, 2010, 12:59 PM
I have stopped using mine for the same reason. AND it is still just as bent as the day I gOt it. Such a shame. It really is a gorgeous case, but not as good as I thought it would be for the price.

J-F
Nov 6, 2010, 03:11 AM
Hi Everyone,

Woah the thread just stopped with a couple of negative comments. I am in the market for the greatest (for me) Ipad case and I think the BookBook is just a very good candidate. I am also thinking Dodo/Portenzo but,


Those cases (As I understand) do not offer nearly as much protection against fall which the BookBook does?Is this correct?
They are not as special and do not give same feeling of old craftmanship


I am considering those guys because 95% of what I will use my Ipad for (will buy it soon) will be simple reading (Website, Ebook)...so a book looking case so makes sense to me!

But the Book Book has got a number of issues:


A bit bigger than Dodo vs
There is a zipper
And the MAIN issue for me, those funny straps...more on that later


As this series of video reports:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct6EmzsmNG8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCwgjqNelgI&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hviiRMZ0K5c&feature=related


Tends to show, there really is a problem with those straps and in some circumstances the ipad could just fly out of the BookBook (Check video 2). However as video number 3 is saying, this is not in practice any concern and it is actually a great case.

So I was wondering if the people (Busymom23 and dmk005 or others maybe) who stopped using the case because of stripping issues could be kind enough to describe further the problem so that we can try to understand if this would apply to us too.

As the person in the video says this is not actually a big issue but others differ in their opinion. Trying to understand!!!

Have a good week end

Take Care

Jeff

Busymom23
Mar 3, 2011, 07:26 PM
Jeff~

I occasionally still use my BookBook case. It is gorgeous. It is terrific for making your iPad incognito. Judy realize it will have a curve on the back side.

I will say I have NEVER had a problem with my iPad coming out. Ever. I do keep it zipped for transporting, like in my work bag. How it works for you will depend on how you use it.

darngooddesign
Mar 9, 2011, 10:30 AM
If you are using this as a carry case it seems like the iPad1 version would work for the iPad2 + Smart Cover.

Mr. Biggles
Mar 20, 2011, 11:31 AM
I just put my new iPad 2 in this case today since putting it away some months ago.

It's as if it was made more for the slimmer profile iPad 2 than the original iPad. Snug fit with no more bowing of the back cover of the case like it did with the original iPad.

American Beauty
Apr 6, 2011, 04:42 PM
Posted this in another thread thought it belonged here too. On to the bookbook (red version):
SUPER GEEK ALERT!!!
I painted the cover to look like a book from Harry Potter because, well, I'm a geek.
It has really nice leather and feels awesome.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/stephj333/e8da8459.jpg

Corners come gold-embossed and same for the spine. I only modified the main part of the cover.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/stephj333/f64a1d6c.jpg
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/stephj333/74562678.jpg
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/stephj333/5b09e3eb.jpg
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/stephj333/2187e8ec.jpg

The outside of the case is hard and structured, and the inside is super plush/soft and cushioned. Also inside are a leather cord and latch to prop it up in landscape mode. The leather corners at the bottom hold the ipad in with the elastic strap going across the top. The inside is more red than this, once again it was really a lot of blue light in my house.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/stephj333/0abc20a4.jpg
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/stephj333/e139a1fe.jpg
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The main complaints people have about the bookbook are the elastic strap being on the ugly side, and the zipper. I don't mind either of these things and actually like that the ipad is on its little pillow closed in when I'm not using it. So there you have it. Customer service for both companies were great, shipping was fast for both as well. I also got the Octavo which is a really nice moleskine-style case, but I just love my Bookbook way more. Oh and I don't have any bowing like people did with ipad 1.

MacToddB
Apr 6, 2011, 04:53 PM
Posted this in another thread thought it belonged here too. On to the bookbook (red version):
SUPER GEEK ALERT!!!
I painted the cover to look like a book from Harry Potter because, well, I'm a geek.
It has really nice leather and feels awesome.

They (Twelve South) blogged about you a few weeks back!

http://blog.twelvesouth.com/bookbook-for-ipad/bookbook-for-ipad-inspired-by-harry-potter/

Heavyhitter504
Apr 6, 2011, 10:14 PM
Posted this in another thread thought it belonged here too. On to the bookbook (red version):
SUPER GEEK ALERT!!!
I painted the cover to look like a book from Harry Potter because, well, I'm a geek.
It has really nice leather and feels awesome.

fellow harry potter geek (july 15th cant come soon enough!) and my girlfriend has this case...and all we both have to say is awesome job!

Enori
Apr 8, 2011, 06:19 PM
Do you recommend it for ipad2? Does it stay in one place and do not shake inside case, cause the straps were made for thicker ipad1?

prot0type
Apr 8, 2011, 06:54 PM
I just put my new iPad 2 in this case today since putting it away some months ago.

It's as if it was made more for the slimmer profile iPad 2 than the original iPad. Snug fit with no more bowing of the back cover of the case like it did with the original iPad.

It's been awhile since I posted on these forums, but I do agree. Awaiting the arrival of my other case, but until then, the BookBook works surprisingly well for my ipad2.

Do you recommend it for ipad2? Does it stay in one place and do not shake inside case, cause the straps were made for thicker ipad1?

It may slip by a hair, but that's to be expected with the elastic on one end and corner straps on the other. I just push it back every now and then, no biggie. The one con I still warn about, as with the ipad1, just be wary of how you hold the BookBook while it's opened as the ipad can fall out easily if upside down. Course, this is a no brainer, however you'd be surprised especially if you're not paying attention, in a hurry, letting others handle it, etc.

Mikesus
Apr 23, 2011, 07:29 PM
Finally bit, ordered one. Anyone have experience with em for the 2?

imgeorgelin
Apr 23, 2011, 08:07 PM
Finally bit, ordered one. Anyone have experience with em for the 2?

It looks gorgeous! It's just the securing mechanism, and the hassle each time you want to use it as a stand. But definitely not gonna matter if you only use it as a folio, in its "Stealth Mode";)

And do you know what the weight is?

Mikesus
Apr 23, 2011, 08:12 PM
Their site doesn't have weight... stealth is the big reason I was going down the Portenzo road, and personally I prefer my iPad with just it's best skins ever on it, so using it to deter would be pad grabbers works for me...


I have a friend who does leather working and will see if she could improve on the tabs...

imgeorgelin
Apr 23, 2011, 08:48 PM
Finally bit, ordered one. Anyone have experience with em for the 2?

Their site doesn't have weight... stealth is the big reason I was going down the Portenzo road, and personally I prefer my iPad with just it's best skins ever on it, so using it to deter would be pad grabbers works for me...


I have a friend who does leather working and will see if she could improve on the tabs...

Yeah, Portenzo fits all my bills, especially for its huge weight advantage over all the moleskin cases. Unfortunately now I'm deterred by all the "shipping frenziness". Hope they get around.

The wrap-around-and-hook-runs-beneath-the-ipad design indeed needs major improvement.

Mikesus
Apr 23, 2011, 09:21 PM
Yeah, Portenzo fits all my bills, especially for its huge weight advantage over all the moleskin cases. Unfortunately now I'm deterred by all the "shipping frenziness". Hope they get around.

The wrap-around-and-hook-runs-beneath-the-ipad design indeed needs major improvement.

http://www.themoderndaypirates.com/pirates/2010/06/how-to-make-a-moleskine-ipad-case/

This could be an option to "fix" the BookBook. Make the top strap corners only, and loop in underneath the backing to the opposite corner.

WeAre138
Apr 24, 2011, 06:38 AM
I had this on my iPad 2 the first week I had it. Supper nice when it is closed up. Looked great. Only had two problems with it. First was the bottom corners. I was constantly pushing the iPad back down in them. They were tight enough to mess up my non perfectly applied screen protector but the iPad kept sliding up out of them. Also when I opened up and folded it all the way back, the zipper rubbed my iPad in the top left hand corner. These issues may sound nit picky and might not be an issue for anyone else but for 70 bucks I just wasn't happy enough to keep it. If it somehow used two more corner holders at the top instead that elastic band I would have kept it. I had the red one and it looked really cool. I used to get some funny looks when I would sit down in class and open it up and people realized that an iPad was inside.

prot0type
Apr 24, 2011, 06:41 AM
I've used the BookBook for my first ipad and I firmly believe it "looks" better when my ipad2 is in it. When used with the ipad, the BookBook had a warped/bent look when zipped, however with ipad2 that doesn't happen.

BookBook works well as an ipad2 case. The protection is there and as already mentioned, the stealth factor is one of the major advantages, you will definitely get compliments as well as the "I thought it was a book" comment.

The only negatives that come to mind, obviously no rear camera hole, but removing the ipad2 only takes a nanosecond anyway. Setting it up for landscape mode using the tether is something I rarely bother with, even debating on snipping it altogether. Which just leaves the secure tabs or lack thereof, wish they had tabs on all four corners rather than the elastic on top. It does the job, but you have to be mindful to not pick it up the wrong way or when you let others handle it. The chance of the ipad2 slipping out is there, happened with my ipad, so just pay attention.

Aside from that, I thought I would sell the BookBook as soon as I received something else, but so far it makes a great transition case. As a primary, great protection, stealth, and if you're a fan of the look, you won't be disappointed.

Weight is about 12 ounces or so.

TheUndertow
Apr 24, 2011, 07:00 AM
It looks gorgeous! It's just the securing mechanism, and the hassle each time you want to use it as a stand. But definitely not gonna matter if you only use it as a folio, in its "Stealth Mode";)

And do you know what the weight is?

Agreed...love love the look...just couldn't get over the straps

Mikesus
Apr 24, 2011, 07:18 AM
Agreed...love love the look...just couldn't get over the straps

My wife looked at it and suggested pulling the straps and just Velcro the iPad in :eek:

In looking at the top elastic, it appears that I could replace it and have it only catch the corners. Amazon says it's in stock so should have it this week.

Mikesus
Apr 25, 2011, 07:11 PM
wow, handmade case ad received shipping notice, very cool!

Mikesus
Apr 26, 2011, 08:15 PM
wow, handmade case ad received shipping notice, very cool!

And it's here!!

Couple of updates for ipad2.

First, the strap and the leather tabs are VERY snug. I don't see how it could fall out at all.

Second, the right leather tab has holes for the speaker.

On a side note, I am able to still use the smart cover if I don't use the left leather tab. (that way if I wanna go with just the cover, it's with me, AND it really is snug, so no worries about falling out)

route42nj
Apr 26, 2011, 09:19 PM
And it's here!!

Couple of updates for ipad2.

First, the strap and the leather tabs are VERY snug. I don't see how it could fall out at all.

Second, the right leather tab has holes for the speaker.

On a side note, I am able to still use the smart cover if I don't use the left leather tab. (that way if I wanna go with just the cover, it's with me, AND it really is snug, so no worries about falling out)

Can you post some photos? This case has my interest piqued. Even if just for the coolness of the book look.

Mikesus
May 6, 2011, 06:54 PM
It literally looks like the pictures here

http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook_ipad/


I did a bit of surgery on mine and turned it into a smart cover with the addition of a neodymium disc magnet. (cut a slit near the edge of the inside of the case about an inch above the leather button. Put a bit of gorilla glue to hold the magnet against the board inside, and a touch of glue to close the slit. The magnet is not even noticeable, and I have a smart cover the way I want)

palomino0513
May 12, 2011, 03:09 AM
Hey I found this website ww.mygearstore.com and you can get $14 off of bookbook. Only black is available for now if anyone is interested, I just ordered one.

Oh and they have pretty nifty stuff, that coupon code can be used for anything its 20% off plus FREE SHIPPING!!

Enjoy

joebrandon1977
Sep 27, 2011, 08:06 PM
Has anyone tried to use a DoDo Frame (or something similiar) and glue it into the BookBook?

Wouldn't that type of setup eliminate the issue of the leather strap / elastic strap issue?

glen e
Sep 27, 2011, 08:33 PM
the top/lid has to move so a plastic frame won't work to elim the straps..

joebrandon1977
Sep 28, 2011, 08:42 PM
Not sure I understand just yet.

If the DoDo frame is glued into the book (where the straps / elastic are), then the iPad would fit flush into that setup.

The top/lid would fold in the closed posistion and then the zipper would be on the edge of the wood frame. Does that make sense?

glen e
Sep 28, 2011, 08:52 PM
Not sure I understand just yet.

If the DoDo frame is glued into the book (where the straps / elastic are), then the iPad would fit flush into that setup.

The top/lid would fold in the closed posistion and then the zipper would be on the edge of the wood frame. Does that make sense?

I apologize - i float between this and the MBA forums and own the MBA bookbook - it needs to slide the top...the main reason I won't do a bookbook ipad case is the straps - too many...

joebrandon1977
Sep 29, 2011, 08:06 PM
So if I put a DoDo frame in the BookBook and eliminated the straps, it sounds like you would buy it? :)

glen e
Sep 29, 2011, 08:22 PM
So if I put a DoDo frame in the BookBook and eliminated the straps, it sounds like you would buy it? :)

no, as I have done that to a portenzo - see link..

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1228507

joebrandon1977
Sep 30, 2011, 12:03 AM
Cool.

What is the plastic back you used (brand/model)?

Any other backs you've since then that you would recommend for the same purpose?

I wonder if I could glue the plastic holder into the bookbook vs the wood frame you used...

glen e
Sep 30, 2011, 01:50 PM
Cool.

What is the plastic back you used (brand/model)?

Any other backs you've since then that you would recommend for the same purpose?

I wonder if I could glue the plastic holder into the bookbook vs the wood frame you used...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XIT4NO

use 3m two sided tape

willyfromphilly
Oct 14, 2011, 05:01 AM
I was gonna say this is a nicer, more authentic version of the dodo case, but it looks like he iPad is secured by a little stringlike thing. Beautiful design though.

Dhelsdon
Oct 14, 2011, 09:56 AM
If this had a more solid way of holding the iPad in place I'd order, but I could just see those elastics getting stretched and I can't imagine how loose and floppy it would be.

For those who have an unmodified version, does the iPad move around at all inside the case, or when using it?

Mikesus
Feb 20, 2012, 08:24 PM
If this had a more solid way of holding the iPad in place I'd order, but I could just see those elastics getting stretched and I can't imagine how loose and floppy it would be.

For those who have an unmodified version, does the iPad move around at all inside the case, or when using it?

Actually it still fits as snug as the day I bought it. So glad I went with the Bookbook over the Portenzo after reading all the horror stories. I added a magnet to the cover under the soft liner and my BookBook performs as a smart cover with no issues.

Both the wife and I have them and they both are in great shape.