I was thinking of buying a Kindle Paperwhite, because I’m just as tempted by the newest shiny gadget as the next person. While I was deciding, I spent some time searching for covers. Planning ahead is important. 😉
In the end, these two were my final choices.
Choice 1) Pretty, and functional–light and thin, great protection, magnetic clasp, and the front folds out of the way. This one is all about making your shiny new gadget safe without adding bulk or weight.
Choice 2) Gorgeous, handmade, and referencing a favorite book–but it’s bulkier, with no clasp, and the back doesn’t fold back. This one is just lovely, and well made–the equivalent of the special hardback that looks so pretty on your shelves.
Both are nice to look at, and both do the job of protecting the e-reader.
This inner debate led me to thinking about form versus function. Leaving aside art (it’s made to be beautiful, that’s its function) which do you favor? Does a useful object need to be the best at its function for you to want it, or will you make some sacrifices for a more pleasing form? (Something so beautiful to be useless isn’t even up for consideration, in my book.)
I think of this when I see beaded throw pillows, laser etched spatulas, bulky phone cases, elaborate but tasteless food, etc. Pretty and useful is best, but sometimes you have to choose…