If you’re looking for a personal gift for a Kindle fan or want to treat yourself, check out custom Kindle cases from Amazon. These cases will help make a Kindle unique and add a touch of style to your device. You can personalize the look of your Kindle for the same price as a standard Kindle case.
Custom Kindle cases are available for several different models of Kindle ereaders and tablets:
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Kindle Touch
Kindle Fire tablets:
- Kindle Fire HD
- Kindle Fire HDX 7″
- Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″
- Kindle Fire
You can choose from a variety of covers, cases and skins for your Kindle. The Kindle Fire cases come in an “origami” style with a cover that folds back into a stand in either portrait or landscape view.
Creating a Custom Kindle Case
To get started creating your Kindle case, go to www.amazon.com/kindlecreateyourown and select the model of Kindle you have and the type of case you want.
When you arrive at the page for the case you wish to customize, click the “Customize Now” button to start creating your case.
You can create a custom Kindle case using either your photos or an image from Amazon’s photo library. You can add the image to the front, back or both. If you choose to customize both the front and the back, you must use the same photo for both sides.
Next choose whether you want to use your own images or ones from Amazon’s image gallery. Their gallery contains images of nature, patterns and geometric shapes.
If you choose to upload your own photo, the image needs to be 2500 x 3500 pixels or higher to fit on the cover. Here is an example of a photo upload gone wrong:
Oops! Not what you want on a cover. Make sure to change your photo to the proper size before uploading it to Amazon.
You can move, zoom and rotate the photo after you have uploaded it to Amazon. By editing the photo you may be able to use a landscape oriented image but a portrait image will generally work better for these cases.
If you’re ordering an origami case for the Kindle Fire, make sure that your photo fits well on the front cover where the folds appear. Not all photos lend themselves to being on the front cover of an origami case:
After you’ve finished editing your photo and you’re satisfied with your case you can add it to your cart. Note that you cannot edit it after you’ve added it to your cart, you have to delete the item and start from scratch.
You can find out more information about customized Kindle Cases from the Kindle custom accessory help page.
I tested custom Kindle cases courtesy of Amazon who provided me with a credit for purchase so I could review the cases. I ordered a Paperwhite case and a Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Black Origami Case and they both arrived together in about a week. Both cases turned out well and the photos transferred clearly onto the cases.
The leather of the Paperwhite custom case is identical to the leather of the non-custom Paperwhite case from Amazon. The leather is textured which shows through the picture but didn’t distort the image.
I ordered the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ case with the photo on the front and back. The photo size was slightly different with the image on the back sized smaller. The back of the case has raised print with “Amazon” which shows through the image but didn’t distort the photo I used.
The custom Kindle cases are available in prices ranging from $16.99 for a Paperwhite skin to $54.99 for a leather Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ case. The order is fulfilled through CafePress Electronics, Amazon Prime is not available. Shipping charges are $3.99 for regular delivery and $9.99 for two-day delivery.
As of this writing, the cases ship within two to three days after you place your order. Shipping charges can be found at Amazon’s CafePress shipping page.
Do you like custom cases? Do you know a Kindle fan who would enjoy these cases? Which image would you use? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Exciting Tech News for Parents!
Amazon Kindle Fire FreeTime Update
Amazon has just made it easier to be a parent with an update to FreeTime on Kindle Fire tablets. FreeTime allows parents to control the amount of time children play apps and games on their Kindle Fires, while allowing unlimited time for reading ebooks. You can set individual profiles with personalized settings for each child.
In the coming weeks, Amazon will be providing an automatic update to FreeTime to restrict access to the Fire during certain hours of the day. No more worrying about your child staying up past bedtime using a tablet, FreeTime will let you set the hours when your child can use the Fire. FreeTime lets you set time limits according to the day of the week so if your children are allowed to stay up a bit later on the weekends, you can adjust their FreeTime settings accordingly.
Not sure how to set up FreeTime? Check out Mayday on the New Kindle Fire – A Game Changer in Tech (Support) for information on how to get live tech support on your Kindle Fire HDX.
Free Apps for Kids!
Spinlight Studios, the developer of educational (and fun) iPad apps such as Operation Math and Geography Drive USA is feeling especially generous this holiday season. Spinlight is giving away, as in for free, an app a day during its 12 Days of Christmas special. Today’s free app is Operation Math: Code Squad, normally priced at $2.99.
My review of Operation Math Code Squad: Four Apps that Help Kids Love to Learn!
My review of Geography Drive USA: Fun Apps to Entertain (and Educate) Your Child
Check out Spinlight Studio’s Facebook page to get your free app each day!