Twelve South Releases BookBook Case For Latest MacBook and MacBook Pro Models

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twelve South today announced the release of its BookBook case for all 12-inch MacBook and 2016 and later MacBook Pro models.


    BookBook essentially disguises a MacBook or MacBook Pro as a vintage hardback book, while protecting the notebook with reinforced corners and a new, stronger crush-resistant spine. The outside is crafted from premium oil-pull up leather, while the inside is lined with a velvety soft microfiber material.

    The new BookBook has a hidden compartment for hiding a few documents below the MacBook. BookBook also has two elastic bands on the inside cover of the case, which can be slipped over the corners of the MacBook's screen. Then, when the BookBook is opened, the MacBook screen will open too.

    BookBook, one of the more popular MacBook cases over the past six years, is available now on Twelve South's website. It costs $79.99 for all 12-inch MacBook and 2016 and later MacBook Pro models with free U.S. shipping available. BookBook remains available for other MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models as well.

    Article Link: Twelve South Releases BookBook Case For Latest MacBook and MacBook Pro Models
  2. Saipher macrumors demi-god


    Oct 25, 2014
    I'm not sure about using a MacBook while on this case. I feel like things could get toasty pretty quickly. Maybe just use it as a carrying case? Other than that, it looks pretty cool!
  3. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    Looks really ugly, bulky and cumbersome to use. I'm not a fan of cases with diagonal bands to hold in.
  4. Heartofgoldilocks macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2017
    Now all you need is a mac with OS X on it and you'll have a skeumorphism inside a skeumorphism and then The ghost of Scott forestall will appear and say with your powers combined I am Captain Planet!
  5. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I can't decide what I think about these types of cases. I feel like they're a bit silly--nobody carries books around like that any more, so you're not necessarily disguising the fact that you probably have a gadget in there. More likely you're drawing attention to it, which I guess is the point.
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    Right there with you--I don't like the idea of those bands rubbing around on the screen, or on the palm rests when closed for that matter. I am a firm believer in not having to get a protective skin to protect my device from the case that it's already in.
  6. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2013
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately
    I have one of these on my iPad and I love it. I am not sure how I would like it on my MBP, I think it will at least be good to protect it in my bag, but I am not sure I'd want to leave it on while using. Maybe I will see what discount they offer this Black Friday.
  7. rmbpuser, Aug 1, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2017

    rmbpuser macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2012
  8. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    I didn't know Scott passed away. Nor that OS X uses skeuomorphism. I don't geht the joke.
  9. Heartofgoldilocks macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2017
    Clearly I'm not a details guy. The spirit of the joke is what I hope you've taken away, sir.
  10. citi macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    I can't believe they are still making these...also, I can't believe they are still using the exact same design. Do they all have to look like encyclopedias? To me, that defeats the purpose of having a stealth case. I don't want to answer every person that questions why I carry around A-F.
  11. TwelveSouth macrumors newbie


    Sep 13, 2016
    Charleston, SC
    I use mine inside BookBook all the time and haven't had any issues with it overheating. I honestly throw it in there while it's on and leave it overnight and no issues to report but I can certainly understand the hesitation :)
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    You don't have to use the bands if you don't want to. I don't use them and I have no issues opening my MacBook when I'm ready to use it.
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    You'll be happy to know that we have a more subtle line of cases coming in the near future that might just solve your hesitation :)
  12. waigx, Aug 1, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2017

    waigx macrumors member


    Jan 21, 2014
    TwelveSouth typically makes quality products and I have 4 of them from 2012 (2 BookArc, BookBook for iPhone, Hoverbar).

    I considered the previous generation and my concern was the metal zipper head. I read form amazon that could chip off the corner of the MacBook
    Not sure if this is still true for vol. 2.


    (The picture is from Amazon reviewer)
  13. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    Does anyone else find these cases just a bit ugly and novelty?
  14. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    Agreed. If I wanted to disguise my MacBook I would empty the internals of a old Dell laptop and use that as a case :D.
  15. LethalOptical macrumors member


    Nov 4, 2016
    I wonder if my MBP with a shell on it will fit into this case, added protection when traveling is always nice.
  16. Ener Ji macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2010
    I think this looks amazing! But then, I *am* the kind of person to carry around a large hardback book (or at least I once was, and don't mind an excuse to do so again.)

    I've never used a case for any of my MBPs, but the day I spring for a new $2,500+ MBP I might consider it.
  17. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    I hope they noted this.
  18. TwelveSouth macrumors newbie


    Sep 13, 2016
    Charleston, SC
    Unfortunately it's measured to fit the MacBooks perfectly so it won't work with a shell case on the MacBook. It will be just slightly too tight.
  19. lingenfr, Aug 2, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2017

    lingenfr macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2012
    I have been a twelvesouth customer for years and owned several bookbooks. I also own a hi-rise, several backpacks, a magic bar, etc. While their prices are high, the quality is good. I had several bookbooks for my 11" MBA and they were great. The one for my 13" MBPR was a poorer fit and they jacked around for quite some time after the release before they offered a case. I've contacted them several times since I got the new 13" MBP and essentially got a "let them eat cake" kind of answer. I put up with their high prices and lack of candor as long as I can buy the product I need when I need it. This latest BS got me off their bandwagon. I bought the Gmyle case, which is not quite so stylish, but they are smart enough to use clear plastic to hold the screen rather than elastic. The fit is as good as any twelvesouth case I have owned (or better). Before anyone starts with their uninformed speculation, I have used it every day for months. There are no heat issues, the zipper doesn't scratch, <insert whatever other crap you can come up with>... Also, the material allows me to set the case on my hi-rise without ruining the finish. Setting a bookbook on a hi-rise will ruin the finish in a way that is almost impossible to repair. I hope twelvesouth pulls their head of their arse and figures out that their strategy based on their business needs should consider their customers needs as well.
  20. Ener Ji macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2010
    What's a hi-rise?
  21. lingenfr macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2012
    Before someone else asks, "What's a backpack?" here are all twelvesouth products.
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    I use a snap-on shell with the Gmyle case and it works fine. I did that previously with my bookbooks, but good for them if they have a closer fit.
  22. Markoth macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2015
    Behind You
    Well, to be precise, Mac OS X used skeuomorphism to a degree at one point in its history. OS X did not, and macOS doesn't either. Apple just does these things to confuse you.
  23. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    I regret that I have only one thumb's up to give for this post.

    Those diagonal bands look bad enough for a notebook, they're terrible for tablet cases (and especially ereaders)... and yet, people love 'em. :eek::confused:

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