The Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 5 is a handsome hybrid case that provides one place for your iPhone and the contents of your wallet. This pocket-size book also protects your iPhone in two ways: the hard-back book cover shields against bumps and bruises, while the visual design disguises your wallet and phone.
Protection and access
Slip your driving licence, bank cards and a little cash into the right side of BookBook, then snap your iPhone 5 into the leather wrapped frame on the opposite side and you're ready to go.
A built-in ID window lets you show your drivers license without taking it out, plus an easy thumb-slide for those occasions when you do have to remove your ID. Vertical slots and one horizontal pocket hold debit/credit cards, cash and receipts.
- Pocket-size book marries a wallet and case for iPhone
- Genuine leather case is tailored to fit iPhone 5
- Snap-in frame allows edge-to-edge access to Retina display
- ID window with convenient thumb slide
- Three credit/debit card slots, an ID slot and one for cash/receipts
- Eliminates the need to carry a wallet
- Disguises your wallet and iPhone as a vintage, pocket-sized book
- Made with high-quality, genuine leather
- Hand distressed so no two are exactly alike
Did you notice?Hand distressing gives each BookBook case for iPhone a finish unlike any other.
Apple Recommends ForCarry everything in one place and protect it thanks to this combined wallet and case for iPhone 5.
What's in the Box?
- Twelve South BookBook Case for iPhone 5
- Form Factor: Wallet
- Material: Leather
- Mfr. Part Number: 12-1232
- UPC or EAN No.: 851522002672
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Ratings & Reviews
Poor quality, cheap build & plasticky finish – not a patch on the 4S case
Like others here, I was a proud owner of the iPhone 4S BookBook case, which is a piece of design genius.
In stark contrast, the Like others here, I was a proud owner of the iPhone 4S BookBook case, which is a piece of design genius.
In stark contrast, the iPhone 5 case is a case study in poor design. The lessons learned from the iPhone 4S case seem to have been completely thrown out and this case is made entirely differently — and of significantly poorer quality materials. The leather has a very plasticky finish, unlike the lovely natural leather used in the 4S case, which aged beautifully. Skimping on the materials in this case has resulted in the leather along the right hand edge of the back cover parting from the case — the 'hem' stitching clearly is along the very edge of the leather, meaning it does not hold it effectively.
The plastic 'frame' in which the phone must be 'clipped' (and scratched) is covered in a thin synthetic (plastic) suede. With a mere 6 months of careful use, this has rubbed off in several places, leaving ragged edges and exposed black plastic.
TwelveSouth have managed to take one of the best iPhone case designs and completely ruin it — one imagines to achieve reduced costs and more profit. If you're looking for an example of how not to design an iPhone case, then this is it. I would much rather slide the phone up to take a photo (as in the 4S case) rather than have the ugly plastic frame elements. All that was needed was the exact same case as the 4S one, but a few centimetres taller. Instead we end up the most disappointing and overpriced iPhone accessory I have yet to purchase.
I cannot recommend strongly enough that you avoid this case. Hopefully, Twelve South will see sense and the classic BookBook design will be restored. But I wouldn't hold your breath. …
- Written by Andrew W from Manchester
71 of 80 people found this useful
It's now 'the norm'
Firstly if you have an Iphone 5 you must have a case of some description.
Why this case? Well some people won't ever want to co Firstly if you have an Iphone 5 you must have a case of some description.
Why this case? Well some people won't ever want to combine their wallet and phone so this is not the case for you.
But if you are looking for less clutter in your life this this is the one for you. You don't need to carry round 19 debit, credit and store cards all at once (and if you do then you shouldn't be spending your money on iphones and £50 cases) This case is for the professional who wants to reduce clutter and look smart whilst also achieving the practical benefit of protecting their phone.
Previously every time I left my house/office/other location I had to do the man dance....wallet, phone, keys. And I would physically have to locate them on my body. Now I only have to find 2 of those things - so by my maths this case has improved my life by 33% !! …
- Written by Pencil V from Norwich
54 of 67 people found this useful
Really Good Case
I bought this case the other day, the quality of the materials is really good and the phone snaps in place so is really secure. Yo I bought this case the other day, the quality of the materials is really good and the phone snaps in place so is really secure. Yo can also charge the phone and access all the buttons etc. whilst the phone is in the case. My only issue is that the case does not stay shut, could perhaps do with a fastening, otherwise a really great, stylish and quirky case! …
- Written by Elizabeth D from Cardiff
47 of 62 people found this useful
Not for making Phonecalls
You cannot make phonecalls with the case on because nobody hears you. It totally blocks the mic or something. I have had it for 3 You cannot make phonecalls with the case on because nobody hears you. It totally blocks the mic or something. I have had it for 3 months and it's starting to break from the corners and the color of the "leather" has come off. …
- Written by Heigo M from Vantaa
Great Product. Outstanding Customer Service!
This is my very first review that I'm writing!
I've had my case for about 9 months now and I'm sad to say that I'm experiencing This is my very first review that I'm writing!
I've had my case for about 9 months now and I'm sad to say that I'm experiencing the same problem as others have mentioned here. On the right top corner near the camera hole, the stitching that joins the plastic part together is un done. I can't really say if this is down to normal wear & tear but paying £49+ you shouldn't really be facing this issue.
However, I must say that Twelve South Customer Support is amazing!! No hassel what so ever. I contacted them via e-mail regarding the defect in my case. I wasn't expecting a reply on the same day let alone in 30mins. They apologised for my inconvenience & offered to put it right. I supplied them with my receipt and got a confirmation within 10mins that my replacement is on its way with DHL. I have to say that I was absolutely surprised and very pleased with the way they handled my complaint. 40 mins from the time I reported to receiving confirmation of replacement. AMAZING!!!!
Overall this case is absolutely stunning, very unique, ID window is great feature, carries the most essential cards and most importantly, it does protect my phone! I would recommend this case to anyone regardless of the issue I've had as I'm rest assured that if anything goes wrong with it, Twelve South will put it right. …
- Written by Riaz M from Harrow
Book Case Iphone 5 Cover
Loved this case, liking the old book style of the case. Another family member wants to buy one now after seeing mine.
- Written by Vincent W from Nr Wakefield
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Will the Twelve South BookBook Case for iPhone 5 also fit the new iPod Touch?
- Asked by Sylvia T from District Heights
No. The case is very specifically molded to the iPhone 5 shape and the new iPod touch is too slim an No. The case is very specifically molded to the iPhone 5 shape and the new iPod touch is too slim and would fall out. …
- Answered by Cameron J from Rochester
do the Twelve South BookBook case work for the Iphone 5c?
- Asked by Rickey R from Des Moines
Twelvesouth does have a case that is compatible with the 5c, but it is not this bookbook case. This Twelvesouth does have a case that is compatible with the 5c, but it is not this bookbook case. This one is specifically designed to fit the 5/5s …
- Answered by Jay H from Windsor
I use an OtterBox case (commuter series) with my iPhone 5 — will I be able to use it with the BookBook?
- Asked by Chris C from Fairfax
I doubt it. Remembering the Otterbox case, it makes the phone itself larger. I used my 5s with the c I doubt it. Remembering the Otterbox case, it makes the phone itself larger. I used my 5s with the cookbook case here. It actually IS a case, you see. …
- Answered by Marian M from Cape Coral
Will this case fit the 5S model as well?
- Asked by Michael S from Norton
- Answered by Andrew G from Mount Pleasant
will this case fit iPhone 4
- Asked by Tawnia P from Santa Rosa
No, it is only for iPhone 5,5s
- Answered by Hayder H from Serdang