November 12, 2013
Earlier this month, Twelve South unveiled the BookBook Travel Journal for iPad. Soon after, I received one in the mail for review purposes. Here are my thoughts on this accessory.
- Company Name: Twelve South
- Product Name: The BookBook Travel Journal
- Price: $99.99 each
- Size: It measures 8” x 10.3” x 1.9” and weighs 16 ounces
- Compatibility: The case will hold any iPad and iPad mini models, including the iPad Air.
- Website: http://twelvesouth.com
- Date Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2013
The BasicsFor those who are unfamiliar with Twelve South’s BookBook series, the cases are handmade of genuine, distressed leather. When closed, each looks like a well-worn book that one might find on a library shelf. When the first BookBook arrived for the original iPad, Twelve South noted that the device’s unique style added a layer of “stealthy security.” The design was used again on the BookBook Vol. 2 for the iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4. Similar products also became available for the iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5/5s, and the iPad mini. The iPhone versions include pockets inside for bank and credit cards. Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b-T_a3y1T2g
Integration with iOS devicesUnlike previous incarnations, the BookBook Travel Journal works with any iPad or iPad mini model, with or without a Smart Cover or shell attached. For this review, I tested the case with an iPad Air, and an iPad with Retina display. Regardless of model, the tablet fits in a side pocket that is easily closed with velcro. The BookBook Travel Journal, unlike other products in the series, also includes space for accessories, such as a power adapter, USB drive, earbuds, and more. A series of pockets, elastic, and adjustable bands help hold these items in place. There is also a small pocket suitable for change, cash, or a few bank cards. Dual zippers safely close the case.
AccessoriesThe BookBook Travel Journal comes inside a reusable pouch.
Use and feelOut of the box, the BookBook Travel Journal already gives off a well-worn, vintage look. In time, scratches and normal wear and tear will only add to this look.
- Multiple pockets
- Snug fit, regardless of iPad model
- Great company behind it
- A look used once too many times