BOOK­BOOK FOR IPAD

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AP­PLE tablets are like dolls: iPad users dress them up to look their very best. But not all tablet cases are of the same qual­ity and few stand out as much as the Book­Book from TwelveSouth.

The Ap­ple-only ac­ces­sory com­pany makes some strik­ing cases, many of which look like old en­cy­clo­pe­dia vol­umes ( you can Google what those are, kids).

This sec­ond-edition Book­Book for iPad looks just as good and just as authen­tic as the first, though it comes with some im­por­tant mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

Users can choose a black case over a brown one. Its sur­face ap­pears just a lit­tle bit more scratched, wa­ter­marked and al­to­gether aged than the last model and has a truly con­vinc­ing old-book like­ness.

But by far the big­gest en­hance­ments are in its form.

This case is sig­nif­i­cantly thin­ner than its pre­de­ces­sor, mak­ing it easy to carry and less easy to recog­nise as some­thing with an iPad inside. Its zip is also bet­ter de­signed, with less slack, so it’s less prone to catch­ing on its own lin­ing.

Inside, the new Book­Book also hugs its tablet just a lit­tle closer. Rather than keep the iPad in place with elas­tic straps, this edition fea­tures a built-in leather slip for the tablet that sur­rounds it, leav­ing space for its cam­eras, vol­ume, home and sleep con­trols.

This in­sert is held in place with clips but can swing out to form a tri­an­gu­lar stand— a big im­prove­ment and a com­fort­able way of us­ing the iPad on a desk.

The Book­Book will not suit ev­ery iPad cos­tumer — it’s not wa­ter­proof, it does add bulk and its zip can stick some­times.

But this unique cover is more prac­ti­cal than ever and just as good-look­ing.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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