Review: BookBook for 9.7″ iPad Pro

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The BookBook case for the 9.7″ iPad Pro is not only a very functional iPad case, but it’s also one of the best looking I have had the opportunity to review.  If you’re unfamiliar with the BookBook brand, it is the brainchild of the great folks at Twelve South, and it is available for the iPhone, iPad and Mac.  The BookBook is a hardback leader case that wears like an old book.  I have always enjoyed the worn, weathered look that comes with regular usage of leather.  The natural patina that develops on each BookBook gives it a unique character typically reserved for higher-end quality made products.

Exterior Design

As I mentioned earlier, one of the best features of the BookBook family of cases is the look and design of the case.  Placed with a collection of other books, or standing by itself, it looks just like an aged hard-backed leather book.  The stitching lines are carefully sewn in running parallel to the edges of the case.  The outside of the binder has gold stamped letters identifying it as a BookBook along with T. SOUTH representing Twelve South.  The first thing that comes to mind when glancing at the outside edge is that it could be part of an old encyclopedia collection.


The front and back outside corners have a design stamped into the leather, along with a small Twelve South logo on the bottom center of the back.  A nice subtle touch of unique attention to detail that adds to the overall quality of the BookBook family.  Finishing up with the outside design of the BookBook is the welcoming smell of leather–not overwhelming, but noticeable.

Interior Design

While the outside grabs your attention with it’s similarities to an old, worn book, the inside is a little more sophisticated, and it’s here where most of the funtionality magic happens.  To open the BookBook, unzip the case at one, or both of the two zippers.  They can move together or independently.   Unzipping the leather case reveals a black layer of felt that shields and protects your iPad. Once opened and laid out like a book, you will see cut-out leather wrapped enclosure that further protects and holds your iPad in place.  The cut-out covers the bezels allowing only the screen to show through as well as stitched reinforced openings for the home button, speaker grills and lightning charger connection.


Flipping the enclosure to the right reveals the opening to insert your iPad with an additional flap that keeps it in place.  When the flap is open, you can see two snaps that area attached to the back of the enclosure that further secure your iPad in place for use in a flat position.  You can also flip a rigid flap that is adjacent to the snaps if you choose to increase the viewing angle when placed on a flat surface.  However, when the snaps are not secured, you can lift the right side of the case up and rest it just inside the zipper perimeter for forward facing use such as video watching or typing with an external keyboard.

Apple Pencil Support

One of the more intriguing uses for the iPad Pro, whether it be the 9.7″ or 12″ model is the ability to store your Apple Pencil.  I have yet to purchase one myself, but I plan to in the very near future. And when I do, it will have a safe home inside my BookBook iPad Pro Case.  Instinctively sewn into the center bend of the BookBook, is where the folks at Twelve South have chosen to store your Apple Pencil–and they couldn’t have selected a better location if they tried.  The size of the Apple Pencil with relation to the BookBook case makes it a a perfect fit.  Unassuming, but very useful, the Apple Pencil is placed easily within reach while being secured at the top with a flexible strap that guides the pencil into a sturdy leather pouch until is needed next.



  • Elegant, purposeful design
  • Sturdy and protective covering
  • Affordable
  • Apple Pencil Support
  • Available sketching angle


  • Not a variety of viewing angles
  • Lightning charger opening not lined up “perfectly”


The BookBook for the 9.7″ iPad Pro is an affordable, durable and elegant case for your iPad.  There was very little about it that I didn’t like.  While testing it I had multiple compliments about the look, and no one guessed it was an iPad case.  The BookBook comes in two color variations–Classic brown and Rutledge.  The main difference between the two is the finishing treatment that is applied to the Rutledge, which is hand-compressed, with multiple layers of dye.  The resulting finished product has a reddish hue that darkens over time.  The Classic Brown is available for $79.99, and the Rutledge version sells for $99.99.


The BookBook for the 9.7″ iPad Pro was provided for review on iPad Insight by Twelve South. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About” page.



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