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Read any good BookBooks lately? You should

Twelve South is known for creating great products to enhance the Apple experience, and that’s certainly not changed with the BookBook cases for the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook. While each case will set you back a pretty penny at $99.99, it’s worth every dollar. 

The quality is obvious as soon as you touch the case. The hard leather front and back assure you that your precious iPad Pro and MacBook will be in good hands while you are away — and even more so when you’re not. Since I am prone to dropping things the reinforced corners give me a sense of security that I have yet to have with any other case. 

The inside of the BookBook is covered in a soft felt to ensure the computer has a cozy ride wherever I take it. And taking it anywhere iseasy to do due to the BookBook’s lightweight, slim design. While there is a slight bulk to it, it is minimal and only due to the reinforced corners and spine for protection; this is well worth the tradeoff. 

The best feature of the case is the quality zipper that completely zips around the computer. This feature not only keeps the computer from falling out of the case, but also protects all of your laptop’s ports and drives from being damaged when your are hauling the computer around in a bag. It also keeps unwanted scratches off of the rest of your beloved Apple device.

Each BookBook is made of gorgeous, supple leather. It protects the iPad Pro or MacBook in two ways. The BookBook Rutledge has hardback covers, a rigid spine and padded interior. It also disguises your expensive iPad as a vintage book, keeping it out of sight. 

One feature that could be enhanced to make this already amazing case better is to have matching elastic bands to hold the bottom of the computer like it does for the top. While the soft elastic bands on the top work great if you are working on a flat surface like a table or desk, many of us are prone to late night surfing on the couch or with our computer in our laps. 

When typing on these uneven surfaces it is much easier for a laptop to slip free of the elastic bands that hold the case to the top of the computer. While this is an annoyance that is easy to live with, the BookBook would be unstoppable if the extra bands were added. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro angles the super-sized Apple tablet for drawing, painting and sketching with the Apple Pencil. It folds into a hands-free display mode and — yes! — includes a storage pocket for Apple Pencil. You can adjust the angle of the iPad to fight glare or for hands-free viewing of your favorite shows. The downside: you can’t use this case and Apple’s Smart Keyboard.

The BookBook for the MacBook can be used as a traditional sleeve. Or use the two soft elastic bands to steady your Mac while you work with it resting inside the case. Dual zippers, with leather bookmark pulls, allow you to charge your MacBook while it’s safely stored inside BookBook.

Finally, there’s the beauty of these cases. Twelve South puts quality into all of their products, and the BookBook is their showstopper. Made with artisan leather, this case has been crafted with a new technique for laying multiple layers of color to create the beautiful antique look that the BookBook boasts. Because of this method no two Rutledge BookBook cases look the same, so you can be assured when you drop your $99.99 on this case you are getting a one-of-a-kind product. And I love their “weathered” look.


Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.