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

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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.

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Saipher

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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!
 
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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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Looks really ugly, bulky and cumbersome to use. I'm not a fan of cases with diagonal bands to hold in.
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.
 

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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.
 

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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!
I didn't know Scott passed away. Nor that OS X uses skeuomorphism. I don't geht the joke.
 

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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.
 
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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!
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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Looks really ugly, bulky and cumbersome to use. I'm not a fan of cases with diagonal bands to hold in.
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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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.
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 :)
 
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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.
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.
 

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I wonder if my MBP with a shell on it will fit into this case, added protection when traveling is always nice.
 

Ener Ji

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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.
 

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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.
 
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lingenfr

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What's a hi-rise?
Before someone else asks, "What's a backpack?" here are all twelvesouth products.

https://www.twelvesouth.com/products
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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.
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.
 
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I didn't know Scott passed away. Nor that OS X uses skeuomorphism. I don't geht the joke.
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.
 

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Looks really ugly, bulky and cumbersome to use. I'm not a fan of cases with diagonal bands to hold in.
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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