My husband and I have been satisfied Kindle 1 users for over a year now. He loves the original Amazon-supplied Kindle cover and I do not. That puts me in the position of constantly keeping an eye out for new and improved Kindle covers.
One problem with the Kindle is the lack of a backlight, which makes it just as impossible (and bad for your eyes) to read in the dark as a regular old paper book. So when I saw that the folks who developed the Periscope Lighted Book Cover had come out with one to fit the Kindle 1, I was ecstatic! I mean, a cover, book light, pad, and pen in one convenient folio — what could possibly be bad?
I went to the Web site and the Periscope Lighted Folio for Kindle 1 looked and sounded perfect:
Ideal for reading at home or on the road, simply slip your Kindle into the custom designed holder, pull up the retractable, twin LED reading light, and begin reading in any low light environment — in bed, on a bus, train, or airplane, as well as in a car or conference room.
When the box arrived we eagerly opened the package and the first thing I said was, "It's really big!" Part of the beauty of the Kindle is its small size and easy portability. You really can carry hundreds of books in a device no larger than a trade paperback, and I like the size. The Periscope, however, measures in at a whopping 8.25" x 7.5" for a device that only measures 7.5" x 5.3".
Then I picked it up and noted that the Periscope cover weighs as much — empty and without the three AA batteries required by the light — as the original Kindle cover with a Kindle in it! I am currently using a fashionable red M-Edge Kindle Cover that has a pen and pockets and is slightly bigger than the original cover, but weighs the same, fits my Kindle well, and works well for me. Here is how the covers compare in size:
And here is how it looks with the light unfolded
Once I put in my Kindle 1 and the batteries, the cover was extra heavy and even bulkier. It is too heavy and unwieldy for single-handed use (another joy of the Kindle with its page turning buttons on both sides), the Kindle doesn't even fit properly or securely (see photo below), and the pad really has to be removed when you fold the cover back or the paper falls out!
On the occasions when I am traveling and need to read on a dark plane, I have a clip-on Mighty Bright book light that fits into my Kindle cover and allows me to read in the dark without tons of extra bulk and weight. I basically found the Periscope Lighted Folio for Kindle 1 to be big, bulky, cumbersome, poorly constructed, and completely unnecessary!