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Looking for ways to protect your new 6.8-inch Kindle Paperwhite, released in 2021? Take a look at this developing list.
The newest, 5th-generation Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 has already arrived, but this can’t be said about cases and accessories.
So far, only the official covers are available. First third-party cases tailored for Paperwhite 6.8 should arrive in mid-November 2021.
So far, the list is short and may be disappointing. I sincerely apologize for that. I will be adding the best Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 case covers the moment they are released.
Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 case covers – things to know
▸ The new Kindle Paperwhite (5th generation) has different dimensions than the earlier model. Your Paperwhite 4 case cover will not fit the model released in 2021.
▸ If you bought a sleeve for Kindle Oasis 2 or 3, the bad news is that it will not fit Paperwhite 6.8. Although the Oasis sports the 7-inch display, it is much lower than the new Paperwhite (see the size comparison below).
▸ If you plan to buy the sleeve, remember that Kindle Paperwhite 2021 is bigger and higher than the basic Kindle and earlier Paperwhite. Don’t pick up a sleeve for “6-inch e-readers,” because it may be too tight for the 6.8-inch Paperwhite.
Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 – what instead of the official cover?
If, for some reason, you prefer not to buy the official Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 case cover, you can do the following:
1. Buy a sleeve now – it will be a temporary solution to protect the device while waiting for a relevant case. The cost if between $10 and $15.
2. Buy a third-party case later – when affordable third-party Paperwhite 6.8 covers arrive, get the one that meets your needs the most. A typical price is $15.
As a result, for around $30 – the price of the official Amazon fabric cover – you have a reasonable, good-quality case and a sleeve you will be able to use not only with Paperwhite 6.8.
If you want to find out currently available options, browse Amazon for Kindle Paperwhite 2021 case cover.
The best Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 (2021) case covers and sleeves so far
Original Kindle Paperwhite 2021 cork cover
If I were to choose one official Kindle case, it would be this one. It’s made of cork – a material which ages like wine: the older it is, the better it looks. As the time flies, it wears beautifully, and becomes more authentic.
What’s more, cork is waterproof, what complements perfectly the waterproof IPX8 features of Kindle Paperwhite released in 2021.
If the case is made the same way as the one for Kindle Paperwhite 4, it means it is climate pledge friendly. Amazon claims that 23-27% of its base is made from post-consumer recycled content.
The cork cover for Kindle Paperwhite is terribly expensive. It costs $49.99. You can choose from two color variants: Light Cork, and Dark Cork.
Natural cotton sleeve for Paperwhite 6.8
If you consider getting a sleeve for your new Paperwhite, you don’t have to limit yourself to Amazon.
On Etsy, a leading marketplace with artisan goods, you can find thousands of gorgeous cases and sleeves that are handmade to order.
Take a look at the sleeve from Bluebird Handmade Case. It’s made of gray-white herringbone linen fabric, and comes with a 5 mm foam for extra protection. Just like most other sleeves on Etsy, it closes with a stylish wooden button.
To make sure you get the sleeve that exactly fits your Kindle Paperwhite 6.8, make sure to type the dimensions in the message to seller, when placing an order.
Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 (2021) dimensions:
- 6.9 × 4.9 × 0.32 in
- 174.2 × 124.6 × 8.1 mm
If you want to use the sleeve for the Kindle with the case on, please mention it as well.
Official Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 leather cover
The case sports the typical Kindle book-like design, with a hard plastic back shell. It supports auto sleep and wake feature. There is no way to form a stand.
The front folds back completely, letting you read one-handed. Inside, there is a soft microfiber surface to protect the screen from scratches.
The case is made of textured leather. The leather is natural, not faux. Some users may like it, I don’t.
Four colors are available: Black, Merlot, Deep Sea Blue (new), and Lavender Haze (new).
Water-resistant sleeve bag – fits Paperwhite 6.8 (2021)
From Kizuna comes a tablet sleeve that’s worth taking a look if you plan to give your Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 a combined case+sleeve protection.
The sleeve is made of water-repellent neoprene, which protects the device from splashing water or rain. A soft and fluffy internal layer effectively absorbs impacts to reduce damage cause by accidental drops.
The sleeve is available in two sizes. Make sure to pick up the one for 7.9-8 inch tablets. It will be large enough to accommodate your Kindle Paperwhite with a case.
Official fabric case for Kindle Paperwhite 2021 (6.8-inch)
If you want to give your Kindle an immediate protection without spending too much money, the fabric case is the most reasonable solution.
It’s the most affordable Amazon Kindle case, but – opposite to the leather cover – it is “water-safe”. It means if you accidentally drop it into water, for instance when taking a bath, no damage will be done. A water-safe case is a good solution for Kindle Paperwhite – a device which is waterproof itself.
What’s more, Amazon Kindle fabric case can be renewed with a surprisingly good result, and can serve you for the next few years.
The case color range for the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite is the same as for the leather variant: Black, Deep Sea Blue, and Lavender Haze. Unfortunately, the Merlot version is missing.
Affordable felt sleeve with an extra pocket
A sleeve for 7-8 inch tablets and e-readers will definitely fit the newest Kindle Paperwhite 6.8, with enough space to put the device even with a case.
From one of the most popular case producers, MoKo, comes a felt sleeve that’s worth taking a look. There are two size versions; make sure to pick up the one for 7-8 inch devices.
The sleeve is made of premium felt that absorbs shock. The interior is lined with a special material that’s mold-proof and water-resistant.
The sleeve closes with a Velcro made of faux leather. There is an internal pocket where you can place your phone, cables, or a library card.
Kindle Paperwhite 6.8 Kids bundle with a black case
The last item on this list is actually an idea of how to save on buying an original case for your Kindle Paperwhite 2021 – get a Kids Edition.
Kindle Paperwhite 5 Kids includes four elements:
- Kindle Paperwhite 5 Regular – worth $139.99
- 1 year of Amazon Kids+ digital subscription free of charge – the subscription costs $2.99 per month
- Kid-friendly cover available in three colors: Black, Robot Dreams, Trees – an original Amazon case cover purchased separately would cost you $29.99.
- 2-year worry-free guarantee – if the device breaks, you can return it, and Amazon will replace it for free without any questions asked.
The regular price of Kindle Paperwhite 5 Kids is $159.99, which is only $20 more than for the regular variant. Amazon claims the total value of all elements bought separately is up to
If you bought the black variant for yourself, you would save $10 on the original cover (which costs $30) alone and have a worry-free guarantee for two years. A good solution if you prefer not to wait for cheaper third-party case covers.
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