Light, portable and able to fit over 1,000 books at a time, it’s no surprise that eReaders are a huge hit. With more users, models and books available for eReaders than ever, the number of accessories you can purchase to go with these handy gadgets has also grown.
We’ve compiled a list of the top five eReader accessories that will keep your reader safe from bumps, scratches and splashes, and give you the chance to personalise your device.
A case is a must for any eReader and with plenty of options on the market that are both stylish and functional, there’s no excuse not to keep your device protected.
If you haven’t already purchased a case for your eReader, you can do so from the manufacturer themselves. Alternatively, if you’re feeling creative, you can find plenty of tutorials for DIY eReader cases online, which range from fairly simple cases made from mailing envelopes to hand-crafted creations that are more complex.
Devices that use e-ink are better for your eyesight in the long-term, however the lack of a backlit screen means that, just like reading the pages of a book, you need a decent light source. Luckily, you can now purchase clip-on lights especially for eReaders. These are just like clip-on lights for books and enable you to read in the dark without disturbing those around you.
Clip-on lights are available for Kindle, Kobo and Sony eReaders. Amazon also stocks a range of cases that have integrated LED reading lights for different brands of eReader.
A waterproof bag isn’t so necessary if your eReader is staying in the sunny UK, but if you plan to take it abroad, it’s a must. Waterproof bags can help protect your device not only from deadly splashes and accidental drops, but also from sand, which can wreak havoc with electronics.
Waterproof eReader bags and cases are available in most major travel shops and from online retailers.
A sleeve is similar to a case, except instead of covering the outside of your eReader like a book cover, it is a similar design to a laptop case. Sleeves can be more decorative than cases and can help protect the whole screen. They are, however, less effective at protecting your device from hard knocks than a hardcover case.
A decal is the same as a vinyl skin – it doesn’t protect your device (except maybe from light surface scratches), but it lets you customize your eReader and make it unique to you. Online marketplaces like Amazon and Etsy have a range of skins available for popular brands of eReader like Kindle and Kobo.