• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    attractive and nice, but doesn't close

    • Written by from Berkeley

    This is a very attractive case, which is why I bought it. The leather feels very nice in my hand.

    The major issue with this case is that it doesn't close--there's no closure or clasp on it at all. Which means that the display always shows, and, it just has a not-closed look to it, all the time--not something you want to hold your money and credit cards in, along with your iPhone. I used two hair bands to hold it closed--one along the spine, one attached to that to loop around it, and that helps, but I don't understand why they did not include some sort of clasp/closure.

    Also, the plastic holder for the phone itself does not quite hold the phone in tight enough, and my phone did fall out once, so I'm not completely faithful it will be protected if I drop it.

    I do like it though in many ways, especially aesthetic, as most holders on the market are either very ugly, or provide almost no protection. I'm not sure yet whether I would buy one again or not. If they add a closure/clasp, then, yes. Otherwise, not sure.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Falls apart in less than a year

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I used it for less than a year. First the leather wears off the hard plastic, then the stitches come undone and now the everything is delaminating. The 4s version was ok with some faults and lasted 2 years ... this version for the 5s.. in one word.. BLOWS.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Seattle

    I used to have the BookBook for iPhone 4S and that case was great. However, I didn't like this case because of the following reasons:
    1. It blocks one of the microphones on the iPhone and therefore creates distortion/blocks my voice when I use my iPhone to talk. I have to use a headset or remove the phone from the case. I don't talk a lot on my phone, but this issue is really annoying nonetheless.
    2. It's been almost a year since I've started using it and it is already tearing apart. Maybe it's because I need to remove the phone so often from the case.

    I would not recommend this product to anyone.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    16 months later, falling apart.

    • Written by from Gainesville

    This is my second Book Book. I had one for my iPhone 4 that I used for 6 months before upgrading to the iPhone 5 in July of 2013. I was so happy to see that Book Book added a hole in the back for the camera. What I didn't realize was that this would be the first place where the glue comes undone on the case. The second place the glue started coming undone is where the plastic piece that holds the phone in place is. I'm a man and take this phone case in and out of my pocket several times a day. The leather holds up well, however, the glued sections do not

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    should have made the move long before I did.

    • Written by from Fairport

    Had my concerns. With a little conditioner(five bucks) this wallet/case has become amazing.
    Leather always needs work in the beginning. Ask any horse person(saddles, bridles). I am waiting for my 6plus and hope
    that the book book for that come out before I get it. For those staying with the 5s or even he 6 I highly recommend this case.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hirise for iphone 5

    • Written by from Dedham

    poor workmanship.
    assembled unit and found one of threaded holes was not threaded!.
    Poor quality control

    1 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Two years of use and it still works and has more character too!

    • Written by from Evergreen

    This case has been perfect. I love the style and it receives many complements. It's practical too. It can hold my cards, my id, my cash, and my phone together and I only have to grab one thing out the door. Now I'm waiting for one for the iPhone 6!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Girl-y accessory for my iPhone 5s

    • Written by from Bossier City

    I have this case in both the black and the ledger brown. I alternate between cases, and have exclusively used just the BookBooks for 7 months. I am a legal assistant and these cases match the BookBook for my MacBook Air 13", so I like that. The leather smells heavenly and after using them for 7 straight months, the leather has gotten some wear, ergo giving both cases a vintage look, character, if you will. And they are sturdy.
    I use my iPhone 5s for *every*thing so I have had opportunities to accidentally drop it. The BookBook protects it. Also, I love that it holds my driver's license, a debit card, a credit card, and my health insurance card. The "hidden" pocket holds cash, or my parking card.
    All in all, this is an awesome case/wallet combo! Ladies, this is a girl-y accessory. If nothing else, this is a great conversation starter at the check out line or at my local Starbucks!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product!

    • Written by from Alliston

    I've been using this case with my 5S for the past three months and absolutely love it! The build quality is excellent. It's stylish, durable and highly functional. My iPhone is held firmly in place, yet is easy to remove when I want to set the phone in a charging dock. All of the buttons are easily accessible. It's very convenient to have my wallet and phone, two items I never leave the house without, all in one.

    I've noticed a few complaints from previous reviewers here...since Apple moved the noise cancelling mic to the back of the phone, calls can sound muffled if the cover is folded all the way over. There is a dead simple fix for this: don't fold it all the way over!! Simply leave a slight gap, which is easy to do, and problem solved. Since the case is made of leather, and is stiff at first, the cover won't fully close when laid flat. Like anything made of leather it will soften and become more flexible over time. After about two weeks of use mine closes completely, even while holding six cards.
    I highly recommend this product to any iPhone user.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    By far, the most functional and fashionable iphone case out there

    • Written by from BOCA RATON

    This case is exceptional. I've tried many cases and they all break. You CAN NOT break this case. I've dropped my phone tons - the phone has NEVER gotten a scratch. It is gorgeous leather and the phone is framed in unlike the earlier versions which I also loved. I read the review where the customer said their leather got too worn but that's a little hard to believe. At any rate, Twelve South will happily replace the case _ i have dealt with them for other issues. They are a good company. I can't wait to get the iphone 6 and the new case!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wallet case ever!!!!

    • Written by from rydal

    I just got this case for my B-Day and it is awesome by far the best case i have ever had. It is not that thick and has a decent amount of protection. The BookBook case get high praises. If you want a wallet phone case this is one of the only ones with ID slot and and pocket for cash. This is defiantly the one to get.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the Bookbook, but not the quality!!!

    • Written by from Calexico

    I first came across the Bookbook on a website for a Men's fashion magazine. I love the look and idea of it so much, that I changed to an iPhone, to go with the case. I purchased both at the local Apple store and went ahead and picked up a Bookbook for my sisters' laptop. She's a professor at the local university and she loved the hi tech/traditional irony of the case. My phone case was a great way to keep my phone and essential credit cards, safe and handy. Within months of normal wear and tear, the leather started to show significant wear. By the first summer heat wave, what looked to be a mostly sewn/stitched case, became unglued to the point of being useless. Sadly, I was underwhelmed with the quality of the case and was forced to replace it with another wallet case from a different vendor. Great concept and style, but poor quality!

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Twelve South BookBook Case

    • Written by from bronx

    I got this amazing case for Christmas 2013, it's now mid June 2014 and even though this is literally a great case (I haven't lost, broken, or cracked my phone since I got this case) ONE major issue is that where the actually phone sits is already coming apart. I mean $60 for a case should literally last a few years. Sad thing is I wish Apple could replace the item but they can't. Over all great case but cost to much if its already falling apart.

    NYC/ TJ

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nobody can hear you

    • Written by from Alexandria

    What most reviews say is true: the way this case is designed prevents for the iPhone microphone to work properly. You can't use the phone without headphones. I can't believe how such an expensive case could be so defective. I tried cutting the bottom part of the case to eliminate any potential blockages to the mic, but still it does not work properly. Do not buy this very expensive and low quality case, please... you'll regret it.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea!

    • Written by from MAULDIN

    This wallet/case is great! In addition to the comfort of not having a wallet in your back pocket it also allows a more comfortable ride on my motorcycle. After about 2 years it has finally started to dhow some wear & tear, but as much as I use my phone this is to be expected. I have had many complements on the case and a few people have bought it because they liked mine so much. I would recommend this wallet/case to everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Book Book iPhone 5s case

    • Written by from Salem

    I had this case for a little over a year and the stitching is coming undone on the front of the case. On the inside where the phone attaches the leather is separating. I had one for the iphone 4 also with no problems. I wonder if they are not monitoring quality control. $60 dollars a year is a lot for a phone case. I'm going to look for something other than this product. I loved it when it worked, but it's just not well made.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved previous version

    • Written by from Montague

    Before I bought this for my I Phone 5, I read all the reviews. I should have headed the many, many people who said that this newer version messes, somehow, with the sound quality. But, I wanted this so badly that I ignored those reviewers. I now thoroughly regret it. People I am talking to on the phone say it sounds like I'm in a tunnel . When I take the case off, it's fine. An Apple Store I went to denied this to be true (since Apple sells this product) but all the employees had to agree with me, once they tried it. In order to talk on the phone I have to quickly pop the phone out of the case. This new, improved model holds the phone nice and securely, so this quick pop-out maneuver is not easy or quick. It requires a little force. This back-and-forth has caused the case to become unglued. I feel rather unglued myself, about the whole thing. Grrr. Don't bother.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Twelve South BoobBook Case for iphone 5s

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    I bought this case to protect my new Apple iphone5s from getting scratched or dropping it and having it crack. I will say it does do both (so far so good!) The iphone5s does fit perfectly in the case. The front cover doesn't want to stay down so at night I turn it upside down. I think it will become more flexible as I open and close it 20 times a day! It's a nice quality leather and has that 'vintage' matte finish. I wish it didn't have the title down the spine. I hope it wears off soon.
    There is NO problem with the Ringtones sound not sounding like your volume settings. I have my Sound all the way UP in the setting and it sounds the same as not being in a case. Basically, I'm very happy with Twelve South BookBook Case for iphone 5/iphone5s. ~

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had High Hopes

    • Written by from Bloomington

    At first glance, the look, the feel, and functionality we're just what I had hoped for. But after a few months, I find myself searching for a replacement product. First problem was the mute issue when the case is folded back on itself. People cannot hear you. Second is the quality of the product. The addhesive used to laminate the book together degrades over time and the product just falls apart. To bad, because both of these problems could be resolved with a little thought and ingenuity.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ALMOST Perfect....MAJOR Flaw

    • Written by from Groton

    This "case" is awesome but with a MAJOR flaw. The look, feel, even smell is great. The classic leather book look comes with the classic leather book smell which is pretty cool. Phone fits firmly with no wiggle room so you can feel safe the phone won't pop out. The cards and ID slot hold firmly, almost too firmly but once they are broken in works great. No need to worry about the plastic ID spot scratching your screen but most people use a screen protector now a days anyway. The MAJOR flaw is no one can hear you when you talk on the phone! I read the reviews before purchasing and thought to myself "how can a case effect how people hear you?" but once I used it I knew exactly what they were talking about. I only used mine for a week and had to return it because no matter who I talked to, which phone or carrier, cell or land line was on the other end, they couldn't hear me. That is really disappointing because otherwise this would be the best "case" out there. I loved not carrying a wallet with me and only needed to bring this but back to the search I go. If 12 south can figure out this issue some how then I will be buying another one guaranteed! If you don't talk much or use a headset mostly then this will be just fine for you.

    2 of 2 people found this useful