Be sure to read the earlier blog article on for details on a problem affecting some non-lighted Amazon Leather Kindle3 Covers and the U.S. Amazon Kindle team statement concerning a resolution for those affected by problem batches of the non-lighted Amazon Kindle-3 cover.

If anyone has one of the covers that cause reboots, Amazon has been giving refunds on that and have also often added credit toward buying the lighted version of that cover if the customer has reported problems earlier.  The Amazon post giving instructions and phone numbers to use, for U.S. Kindle owners, are in the earlier post.

I just saw an article on what Amazon UK is doing.  The title of the article is “Amazon blames Kindle cover problem on plastic clips.”  ExpertReviews’ David Ludlow writes:

‘ Posted on 11 Jan 2011 at 11:48

Amazon customer services in the UK have told us that the Kindle leather cover problems, which cause the eReader to reboot and do other strange things, is caused by the plastic clips on the standard case.

The lighted leather case, which uses metal clips in order to conduct power from the Kindle to the light is immune to these problems…

As such, will credit affected users with the £50.99 required to buy the Lighted Leather Cover (UK US) instead.

From our experience, the process is a painless one.  Just make sure that you phone the UK phone number, as the US site will attempt to refund in dollars instead of pounds. ‘

Since this problem is still being reported in the U.S. forums, this is a posting that includes U.S. Kindle owners as well.
U.S. residents can find the U.S. Kindle phone numbers for this issue at the earlier blog article that goes into more detail.

The basic non-lighted Amazon cover is $35 U.S. and £30.99 UK, and an added external light that uses separate batteries would cost about $12 to $30 average.

The lighted cover costs $25 additional, does not need separate batteries, and shuts off automatically when the Kindle goes into “sleep mode.”
It is a tad heavier because it has the light built in.  Bear in mind that the light does not go ‘On’ until you actually start up the device.  It’s not an ultra-bright light but some find this better for spouses closeby at night or for airplane use.

Customer Kindle forum message threads discussing the lighted cover:
K3’s Lighted Cover Saves the Evening! and Lighted cover too bulky for me

NOTE: If your web browser (especially Firefox) drops you onto the Amazon forum list of topics instead of bringing you to the forum thread, click on Refresh or Reload to get the message thread itself — or click on the link again.  I don’t know why a ‘retry’ is often needed, but it is.

Here’s the CNet ReviewAmazon’s secret weapon: Kindle Lighted Leather Case.


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