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Pretty and practical Kindle accessories

Pretty and practical Kindle accessories

And so we begin my two-parter review of M-Edge accessories for the Kindle. When I first bought my e-reader, I didn't pay much attention to covers, stands, screen protectors or booklights. I was too busy drooling over my new toy.

Of course, I purchased the basic cover offered by Amazon. I wasn't crazy or anything. But making my Kindle pretty? Meh.

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Luckily, the folks at M-Edge, which is based in Odenton, did think of all those things. Led by president Patrick Mish, who holds a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech and formerly worked at Northrop Grumman.

I had the pleasure of testing their e-Luminator 2 booklight, Halsea jacket and the Guardian, a floating waterproof case. But for the purposes of keeping this post short and sweet, I'll focus on the first two today, and the Guardian tomorrow.

Pretty and practical Kindle accessories

First of all, the designs offered by M-Edge are quite beautiful and varied. There are brightly colored jackets for the more casual use, understated leather sleeves for a more professional look and bags designed specifically to carry your nook, Kindle, iPad or Sony reader -- along with a wallet, chapstick and other little necessities.

I tested the Halsea jacket, made of laminated canvas and leather with a magnetic closure. It was a breeze to place my Kindle into the jacket, with four secure loops that fit snugly. (Getting the device OUT of the basic Amazon cover is always scary, and I was glad to have another alternative.)

The Halsea is pretty lightweight, and also include a pen loop and two folders -- one for papers, another for business cards -- in case you want to take a few notes the old-fashioned way while reading.

The booklight is doing its part to make my marriage go more smoothly. It's bright enough, with both a low and high setting, to illuminate the Kindle screen, but doesn't bother anyone else who might be trying to sleep in bed, instead of read. The base of the light slips easily between the Kindle and the cover, stays put and does its job. It is a bit tricky to turn the light off one-handed, thanks to the dual setting, but that's a small price for me to pay for the convenience. Just make sure you have Triple A batteries to power it.

(Photos from the M-Edge Web site)

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