Oberon Design specializes in leather and pewter, producing original works that range from hair clips to journals. I recently got my hands on two of their ereader protection products, the Nook Simple Touch book-like cover and the large ereader sleeve, which I’ve been using for my Kindle 3 and original Nook. Each case runs $60 and features detailed design work on the leather surface. The locks/latches are made from Brittania Pewter.
There is a wide variety of patters and colors to choose from, which can be mixed and matched according to the selection found here. Though I prefer a smoother, simpler cover, I chose two intricate designs–”Van Gogh’s Sky” and “River Garden”–in order to check out the detail work. Both are impressive.
The folding cover is a bit more difficult to open than the sleeve, but that’s a good thing: it takes effort to remove an ereader from the sleeve, whereas the folding cover could fly right open if it also had a magnetic clasp. Pulling the little elastic cord from around the pewter hook isn’t too much of a hassle, and affords better protection.
Both the sleeve and the cover have 100% wool felt inside, so that e-ink Pearl display won’t get scuffed up. The sleeve also fits a Nook Color quite well. The folding cover has a pocket inside for a little notebook, cards, a pen, what-have-you.
I personally find the more artistic covers a bit feminine (individual taste is king), but there are some smoother designs, like the wood grain cover, and patterns, like “Bold Celtic,” that should appeal to those who want a more subdued, distinguished look (and to the macho types).
After a week of use, I can’t testify to the longevity of Oberon Designs’ ereader covers, but the materials are high quality, the designs look great, and I feel better about taking my Nook and Kindle out of the office than I did before. $60 may seem like a large investment considering the cost of ereaders these days, but personalization and the extension of your gadget’s life might be worth it.