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M-EDGE Cases, Book Light and Stand for the Barnes & Noble Nook

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Reviewed March, 2010 by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief

M-EDGE is a well-respected eBook reader outfitter and they make cases for the Kindle models, the nook, Sony Readers and Apple iPad. They offer several kinds of cases, from leather, to sleeves to tough zipper jobs, and their e-Luminator2 Booklight fits into a slot in some of their book style cases to make reading in dim lighting less painful. Their FlexStand is a neat looking reading stand that your kid or dog will likely make off with. M-EDGE's prices aren't over the top, yet their products are well made. If you're suffering sticker shock after perusing B&N's own case selection, M-EDGE is the place to look.

 

Go! Jacket for nook

Editor's rating (1-5):

The Go! Jacket is a book style leather cover that sells for $34.99. It's available in 7 colors and the inside is soft suede. Since the nook lacks mount points or holes to accommodate covers, the M-EDGE attaches via leather/stretch fabric loops at each corner. The cases weighs 5.1 ounces, so it doesn't make the nook feel lots heavier, yet the leather is thick and seriously stitched. The Go! has a pocket for the M-EDGE e-Luminator2. If you don't want to add much weight or bulk, the Go! Jacket is a good choice in a book style cover.

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Back view of the Go! Jacket in brown.

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The slot where you insert the optional E-Luminator2 book light.

 

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Executive Jacket for nook

Editor's rating (1-5):

The Executive Jacket is a step up from the Go! Jacket and it costs $44.99. The Executive adds inside pockets for storage cards, business cards and other small, flat items. It has a stitched-on outer strap that creates visual contrast and keeps the case closed. It's available in 9 colors including 2 two-tone combos and has the same soft suede interior as the Go! Jacket. The leather quality and stitching are very good and the case also works with the e-Luminator2. We appreciate the closure and pockets, but the more solid design does add more weight (7.5 ounces) and a bit more bulk than the Go! Jacket. We found the nook + case a bit heavy to hold for long periods of time.

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Front view of the Executive Jacket.

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The Executive Case with the e-Luminator2 booklight in place.

 

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Icon Sleeve for nook

Editor's rating (1-5):

Ladies, if you're looking for a carrying case that looks like a chic purse, the Icon Sleeve is it. At $59.99 in patent leather, it's still more affordable than many of the cases on the Barnes & Noble site for nook, and it looks awesome. The case is available in 4 patent leather colors and 4 Crocodile embossed colors. It has a microfiber interior that cleans the nook and keeps it safe, and the leather is sufficiently rigid to protect the nook. A short wrist strap is included and it attaches to a sturdy mount (and is removable). The case has a magnetic closure and it weighs 5.9 ounces. Simply awesome looking!

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Hers and his? The Icon sleeve, left and the Latitude Jacket in red.

 

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Latitude Jacket for nook

Editor's rating (1-5):

If the Icon Sleeve is a woman's night on the town, the Latitude Jacket is a his/hers combo weekender. The lightweight $34.99 Leisure Jacket is covered in ripstop nylon and it's available in 6 colors. It's sturdy yet attractive looking, and at 4.9 ounces it adds a good deal of protection with little loss of portability. The zippers are sturdy and there's an outside pocket for storage cards and papers. The fleecy interior is soft and there's a place to mount the e-Luminator2 light up top.

 

M-EDGE nook case

 

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e-Luminator2 Booklight

Editor's rating (1-5):

As an eBook reader owner, you no doubt know that an e-Ink book, like a print book, requires external lighting since it's not backlit (with the exception of the Sony PRS-700). The e-Luminator2 is cleverly designed to fit inside a slot in many M-EDGE book cover and flip open style cases. The e-Luminator2 works with the Go! Jacket, Executive case and Latitude case not just for the nook but also with several cases for the Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600, Sony Reader Pocket Edition, Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-900, Amazon Kindle 2 and Kindle DX. There are 3 sizes: petite, classic and grand, and the M-EDGE website lists the one appropriate to your reader. The single LED light runs on one AAA battery that provides 20 hours of illumination before dimming. The flexible wand is fairly easy to position and we like not having to use spring clips that can scratch the reader or pop off. We'd like more illumination though-- maybe we're spoiled by the Mighty Bright dual LED light, but the e-Luminator2 doesn't brighten things up nearly as much. That's OK for mediocre lighting situations but if you're literally in the dark, it takes some effort to read. Of course, the Mighty Bright is quite a big larger and takes two batteries-- the tradeoff for more lighting is a larger, heavier light.

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The e-Luminator2 booklight (classic size) for the Barnes & Noble nook on top of the Go! Jacket case.

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FlexStand

Editor's rating (1-5):

The $24.99 FlexStand isn't just a book holder, it's a relaxation toy. It's darned fun to play with the flexible legs and turn the stand into a 4-legged creature or anything else your imagination holds. The flexible arms are similar in construction to the flexible light arm used on book lights like the e-Luminator2, but they're larger and stiffer. Once the arms are positioned correctly and the sturdy rubber corner mounts are attached to the nook, it's a stable setup. It's also versatile since you can adjust the tilt angle and position the reader in portrait or landscape mode. Not that landscape does much good with the nook (it's a portrait-only eBook reader) but M-EDGE makes the stand for other readers that do work in both portrait and landscape modes.

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M-EDGE nook case

 

 

 

 

 

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