Leather Book Laptop Cover

Brand: Twelve South
Model: 12-1002
UPC: 851522002092
Category: Personal Computers (Sleeves)
Price: n/a  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 13.2 x 9.8 x 1.0 inches
Shipping Wt: 1.00 pounds
Average Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

BookBook is a one-of-a-kind, hardback leather case designed exclusively for MacBook and MacBook Pro. Available in Classic Black or Vibrant Red, BookBook brings three levels of security to your prized Mac. First, the hardback cover and spine provide solid protection from the rigors of the road. Second, the vintage book design disguises MacBook for superior security. And third, the stylish case protects you from being like everyone else because BookBook is totally original, just like you.


  • Zip it closed and your baby is nestled between two tough, rigid leather hardback covers for a solid level of impact absorbing protection.
  • Each BookBook is brought to life with hand craftsmanship and distressing, ensuring no two are exactly alike.
  • From dual zippers with leather pulls, that at first glance look like bookmarks, to the sturdy reinforced hardback covers,
  • BookBook delivers the stealthy security . Slip your Mac inside the velvety soft, padded interior.
  • Tucked inside BookBook, no one will ever see your MacBook, even when it?s right under their nose.
  • BookBook is a vintage work of art built to protect modern day Macs.

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Top Reviews

Great case for your Macbook
by Dr Mister Poop (5 out of 5 stars)
May 9, 2012

I just recently received a Macbook Pro 15" from my work and I wanted to make sure I could transport it back and forth from the office without it getting scratched up. I looked for a couple of days at a bunch of different options and was surprised at how few options you really have. I checked ETSY for something nice and was blown away by how much people were asking for stuff. $85.00 for a thin "wool" sleeve? No thanks.

I thought about this "book book" for a while but was afraid it would be to cheesy.

I finally bought it because it seems like a good sturdy product with a good price. When it arrived I was surprised how enormous it was. (Not sure what I was expecting) It really is a nice convenient way to transport the machine, though. The little straps inside that hook around the corners of the monitor don't interfere with anything and actually make keeping it inside the case throughout the day really convenient.

It looks a little silly, but it's fun and I've gotten a lot of compliments.

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Great protection and fabulous looks, too!
by InformedConsumer (5 out of 5 stars)
October 4, 2013


I can leave my laptop in the case while I'm working, so it's protected if I have to close it up fast and run off for a moment.

The zipper design allows me to leave the charger plugged in if I need to while still having protection from kids/cats/other assorted computer nemeses.

The heavy sides and padding give peace of mind and protection from scratches in case the surface I'm working on isn't perfectly clean or someone decides that something must be set on top of my computer.

It's bulky enough and has a good enough grip on the outside that I don't feel like I'm going to drop my laptop when I'm carrying it.

Frankly, it just looks amazing. So many people have asked what I'm reading and then been astonished to find out it's actually a computer case. Plus, the distressing on the outside hides any damage that happens: it's going to look better and better the more worn it gets.

It fits even the thick older-model Pros, instead of only the thinner new-model ones.


Some customers have reported zipper damage to the edges of their laptops. I haven't seen any, but my Pro may just be too battered already for any new damage to be apparent.

The case is indeed big, and too big to fit in any messenger bag; it's about the size of a thin atlas. But it's no more cumbersome than a laptop with a 17-inch screen already is.

It comes with elastic straps in the corners of the top side to attach to the laptop screen. While these work great for new-model Pros with the magnetic catch, older-model Pros with a manual catch won't be able to use them for that purpose -- however, they work great to hold small papers.


The dye of the red leather isn't fade-proof, and can transfer color to other things if it gets wet and sits on them for a while.

The lid, if not being held up by the elastics and the laptop screen, relies on the tension on the zippers to hold it up. I've not seen any strain on them yet, but I'm keeping my eyes open.


The BookBook is a perfect ten out of ten if you want the ease of use of a hardshell, the padding of a slipcase, and a style that neither of them has. If you need something that can fit in your briefcase, bag, or backpack, however, this is probably not the case for you.
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Above other cases I have seen but not quite worth its price
by Jace (4 out of 5 stars)
July 31, 2012

I had a difficult time paying $80 for a simple case but it turned out to be an investment that I feel was worth it. I take care of my belongings and plan on keeping my computer for as long as possible and this case seems sturdy enough to make the journey as well.

It is built with a very sturdy 'spine', a relatively soft but durable leather hardcover...

Now here is the flaw (in my opinion).. The Zipper(s). I would adore this if it had a Carhartt sturdy style zipper. It just is too tight of a fit for such a wimpy zipper, granted it makes due with the zippers its' made with, you just have to pay more attention when you zip it up instead of just quickly wrapping the zipper around it and being on your way.

The red Vevelt on the interior seems to be adequate cushion considering the tight fit of the case keeps everything compact and doest really allow very much room for the computer to be 'jumbled' around.

Any questions just ask!

I think the case is worth it on its' originality alone.. an attention grabber most certainly! Works Well... if you have an extra $80 to splurge with, BUY IT.. if your in desperate need of a case and dont have much cash to dish out, save your money and go with something more practical!!!
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Use it every day & love it!
by Kristy (5 out of 5 stars)
November 26, 2011

I bought my BookBook for my MacBook Pro about six months ago. I use it every day and love it. I tote it around to my classes in my backpack, to the library, etc daily and it has held up great, and most importantly protected my MacBook. I originally bought a speck clear case to use (one of the hard shell types), but quickly found it to be a complete waste of my money because crap (dirt, lint, and whatever else weasels its way in) seemed to squeeze between the speck case and my MacBook. Once I realized it was doing this and would eventually cause scratches, it had-to-go. And thus, the entry of my BookBook. I love that I can leave the screen secured behind the elastic bands and still close it (& zip it!). I know some reviews said they had some problems with the zippers; but thankfully I haven't experienced any of those issues or anything else on it & will soon be getting a BookBook for an iPad 2! Love this company!
**Also, a little fun fact: if you get a keyboard cover, please get a screen protector! Some of them can leave marks on your screen when the laptop is closed, and that really sucks! (thankfully didn't happen to me, but I learned through a friend's misfortune)

Here are the links for the one's I purchased & have been very happy with:

Premium Reusable LCD Screen Protector with Lint Cleaning Cloth for Apple Macbook, Macbook Air Laptop 13.3-Inch Widescreen LCD

GTMax Aluminum Unibody Apple MacBook / Pro / Air Silicone Keyboard Skin Cover - Black
(these are shown in the pics i uploaded)
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Zippers Scratched the Corners of my Macbook
by Mike D (1 out of 5 stars)
August 3, 2012

I really really really wanted to love this product. I'm an English major and I thought this would be the perfect case to customize my Macbook. I received it a few hours ago and tested it out. Initially I was unsure about the case. It's not quite as aesthetically pleasing and real looking as I expected, but I was willing to look past that because it was still pretty cool. But then I tried putting the Macbook in the case. The fit was TIGHT. I couldn't even open the macbook at a 90 degree angle without having the computer rest on the zippers at the corners. Furthermore, the lips of the zippers wouldn't even go over the edge of my computer, making me very nervous when I was zipping it up. Turns out I was nervous for a good reason--after about an hour of testing it out and being nervous about the zipper situation, I took my computer out of the case and tested it for scratches. Sure enough, two small scratches were on the back corners of my brand new Macbook pro. I'm surprised that there are so many positive reviews of this product. My guess is some are naturally tighter bound or maybe even a little bit bigger than others, because not many people claimed to have a similar problem. For 80 bucks, though, this isn't worth it. It's supposed to to protect my laptop, not scratch it. I'm buying the Thule Gauntlet TAS-113 13-Inch PC/MacBook Pro Sleeve (Black) instead. I'll save 25 bucks and some damage to my laptop.
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Protection that's fun
by piccyflute (5 out of 5 stars)
August 21, 2011

I needed to get a sleeve for my 15" mac-pro for travel - spending money on something I will rarely use is not fun. I was wrong. After too much time spent looking for a cover that would protect my laptop well for those times I do need to travel with it that wasn't boring and inadequate, or overpriced and overbuilt for those who travel regularly, I stumbled on the Book-Book by chance. I liked the fact it was different, maybe even fun? My laptop was well protected in my overstuffed carry-on bag while traveling. If the bag was open, it wasn't obvious what it was - nor is it as obvious what it is just setting around my house (though I'm sure that will change over time as these cases become more popular). I'm using it all the time. It was more than I had planned to spend (I just had a neoprene sleeve for my last laptop), but this offered more protection, a touch more security and it makes me smile! I was able to get it more quickly (and a bit less expensively thru Amazon that directly from Book-book). There isn't room for the power cord in the case, but I wasn't expecting it.
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Unique case
by S. R. MARTINEZ (4 out of 5 stars)
December 3, 2012

First thing I noticed was this brown/red case is very large. I have a school book bag and with the case on it I couldn't put it in the special laptop sleeve section of my Nike Departure backpack. It had to fit inside the bag like a normal book...which obviously its made to look like a book and I don't know why I was surprised. But maybe I just wished it was more form fitting.

HOWEVER...I actually own a 15" Macbook "with Retina Display" (which apparently is smaller then just a 15" Macbook) as I noticed when I got this case it didn't fit and had a few inches around the margins of my laptop to spare. I contacted Twelve South and they were quick to email me back and help me realize my error in purchasing the 15" case and advising me they didn't make one specific to the 15" with retina display. They as well quickly refunded me. I actually bought another case and came across this same issue, also returned it, and haven't even been refunded yet!!! So Twelve South is a great company to work with and I've asked them to email me when they do make a case specific to my Macbook.
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After over a year's use I've changed my mind... Good product!
by Tadaia (5 out of 5 stars)
January 10, 2012

I received this today. Visually it is a nice-looking item, however the material is hardly worth the price. Other than the binding this appears to be painted cardboard. I shudder to think what will happen to it if it gets wet from rain or a small spill. I will revisit this later if the initial feel and appearance prove to be misleading, but at this point I'm very disappointed with this product for the price.

Update: I promised to return to this later if my opinion changed from initial impression. After well over a year I'm happy to say that even after a wine spill at a cafe this has held up extremely WELL! The form is amazingly as good as when I received it and spills wiped right off without damage. I'm changing my review to 5 stars.
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Nice security feature...It's a book, no it's a computer!
by Traecy (5 out of 5 stars)
August 17, 2012

I adore my 12 South products...I own the iPad and MacBook pro versions of BookBook. I can't count the number of times people thought I was carrying a book until I had need to open it. I get surprised comments and compliments all the time. I keep both BookBooks out on a side table stacked on top of a coffee table book, and no one ever suspects I have electronics...nice for your decor and prying eyes.

I haven't had the problems others wrote...it hasn't scratched my MBPro, it doesn't keep in too much heat. I like it a lot. I almost adore it!

A note about me: I'm an aestetic sort of person, and I love things that are different. So I will put up with design flaws for looks and romantic notions of ancient tomes! This is my favorite case, but may not be for everyone (I hope since the security factor goes down the more popular it gets!)
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Great laptop case but with several disadvantages
by Vocaloid2012 (4 out of 5 stars)
December 6, 2012

I love my BookBook case for my MacBook Pro 15". My college friends and teachers thought it as a real quarto book instead of a laptop case. I think the disguise works pretty good but the zipper can blow its cover. If you just hide the zipper away from the view, the laptop thief may be fooled by BookBook's deceptive appearance. The design is very awesome as if I'm looking at one of Harry Potter's magic books. If you want to buy a special case for your laptop, BookBook is one of the best options. However, do not expect the case to be perfect. Before you buy the case, I'd like to point out three major problems I have experienced. First,BookBook's weight is significantly heavy especially when you place 15" or 17" MacBook Pro in it . I have trouble holding the case more than 10 or 15 minutes and sometimes I use both hands to carry it. Second, the rubber bands have weak holding mechanism. My MacBook's screen usually falls out from these bands. And finally, the case traps heat from my laptop. Because Apple laptops usually heat up quickly, you must ventilate them. Overheating can damage the battery and you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars for replacing the battery. In order to prevent such disaster, I always take my laptop out of BookBook case. So far I think, BookBook case works best on an iPad. I bought one for my iPad 2, and I actually like it better than the one for my laptop. One of the main reasons is that BookBook case for an iPad doesn't add a lot of weight and it's easier to carry. I hope my review helped you.

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