GnotableDesigns

The handmade iPad case that looks just like a book

Des Moines, Iowa | 70 Sales

GnotableDesigns

The handmade iPad case that looks just like a book

Des Moines, Iowa 70 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   March 20, 2016: New cases for the iPad Pro 12.5 and 9.7 inch models are ready for production. These innovative designs take flexiblility and function to new heights with features like a custom storage slot for the Apple pencil, secure clips to hold the iPad in place, and a removable frame.

January 6, 2016: I just completed a prototype case for the iPad Pro, with similar features to previous Gnotebooks (but larger!). It also includes a slot for the Apple Pencil and a removable frame. I'm very happy with the way it turned out, and I'll be evaluating the possibility of a small production run soon.

July 14, 2015: customized iPad Air2 cases are now available, along with new color choices.

May 30, 2014: RunAroundTech posted a review of the Gnotebook iPad mini case! http://bit.ly/gnotebook-mini-review

April 30, 2014: Check out the new custom Gnotebook, Jr. for iPad mini 'Tan and Ivory' with stippled and vintage-look ivory page block (click below under "Featured").

February 14, 2014: The Gnotebook 'Artisan' series case for iPad Air is now available, covered in deep red or black...and it's gorgeous! Featuring top quality Arista bonded leather cover, the Artisan is a thing of beauty to enhance your tablet experience as only a Gnotebook can do.

Also announcing the PURE WHITE Gnotebook 'Alba' series case for the iPad air. Top quality, white Arista bonded leather outside, bookcloth inside in choice of 3 colors (black, red, or blue). It is devastatingly beautiful, especially when paired with the white iPad Air.

December 1, 2013: The NEW Gnotebook case for iPad Air is ready to go! It's slimmer, lighter and equally gorgeous to the original Gnotebook. ALSO NEW: The case is now constructed completely from scratch, using archival-quality bookbinding materials. And, as an extra, you will receive a spiral-bound notebook made from the interior cut-out pages, at no extra charge! LIMITED AVAILABILITY at the moment. More colors coming soon.

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Last updated on Mar 21, 2016

March 20, 2016: New cases for the iPad Pro 12.5 and 9.7 inch models are ready for production. These innovative designs take flexiblility and function to new heights with features like a custom storage slot for the Apple pencil, secure clips to hold the iPad in place, and a removable frame.

January 6, 2016: I just completed a prototype case for the iPad Pro, with similar features to previous Gnotebooks (but larger!). It also includes a slot for the Apple Pencil and a removable frame. I'm very happy with the way it turned out, and I'll be evaluating the possibility of a small production run soon.

July 14, 2015: customized iPad Air2 cases are now available, along with new color choices.

May 30, 2014: RunAroundTech posted a review of the Gnotebook iPad mini case! http://bit.ly/gnotebook-mini-review

April 30, 2014: Check out the new custom Gnotebook, Jr. for iPad mini 'Tan and Ivory' with stippled and vintage-look ivory page block (click below under "Featured").

February 14, 2014: The Gnotebook 'Artisan' series case for iPad Air is now available, covered in deep red or black...and it's gorgeous! Featuring top quality Arista bonded leather cover, the Artisan is a thing of beauty to enhance your tablet experience as only a Gnotebook can do.

Also announcing the PURE WHITE Gnotebook 'Alba' series case for the iPad air. Top quality, white Arista bonded leather outside, bookcloth inside in choice of 3 colors (black, red, or blue). It is devastatingly beautiful, especially when paired with the white iPad Air.

December 1, 2013: The NEW Gnotebook case for iPad Air is ready to go! It's slimmer, lighter and equally gorgeous to the original Gnotebook. ALSO NEW: The case is now constructed completely from scratch, using archival-quality bookbinding materials. And, as an extra, you will receive a spiral-bound notebook made from the interior cut-out pages, at no extra charge! LIMITED AVAILABILITY at the moment. More colors coming soon.

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    About

    Is it a book or is it an iPad? - It's a Gnotebook!

    I love the iPad, but I wasn't in love with any of the cases I'd tried. One day I set my iPad down next to a hardcover notebook of about the same dimensions and said "hmmmm"...

    Once I'd sculpted out the interior and discovered I had a nice "stealth" case, I wanted to make use of the iPad's ingenious interior magnets. I discovered I could both secure the iPad in the case and suspend it upright using precisely positioned, rare earth magnets to match its internal ones. My wife liked the case too, but she wanted a 360 degree cover, so a few cuts/magnets later I had a foldback spine that would snap back into place.

    Once the new iPad3 came out, I knew I had to add a camera port, and once again magnets solved the engineering challenge of making the cap simple to open and close.

    Thus was born the Gnotebook, a unique and highly practical case for the iPad. My wife was my first customer, and soon several of her colleagues signed on as additional beta-testers. Once I decided to go into small scale production, I proceeded to develop some tools and jigs to make the construction process easier and safer. The process is now in place, and I can satisfy a modest demand for the Gnotebook as a one person shop. These days I'm focusing on cases for iPad Air and iPad mini -- I no longer sell cases for iPad 2-4.

    As of 2014 I've taken the Gnotebook to a new level: I now construct each case totally "from scratch", using archival quality bookbinding materials and methods: binder's board, conservation board, premium quality bonded leather, and 25% cotton bond. I have to say that the "scratch-built" Gnotebooks for iPad Air and iPad mini are even better in quality and performance than the previous repurposed notebooks. I also now include a spiral bound notebook made from the page block "innards" as a freebie with each order.

    I've always been a tinkerer, but this is my first venture that combines design, manufacture and retail. I hope you enjoy reading about my designs and maybe are inspired to try some tinkering yourself!

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    • Jon Duvick

      Owner, Maker, Designer

      Inveterate tinkerer, iPad enthusiast

    Shop policies

    Last updated on August 14, 2012
    Thanks for visiting the Gnotable Designs shop! All the items you find here are entirely handmade (starting wtih a manufactured notebook) and as such are each slightly different in terms of construction details and cosmetics. Minor design changes and improvements may be incorporated over time, so your Gnotebook might differ in some details from those pictured here. All are constructed with utmost care and are guaranteed to function as described under normal use conditions (see refund policy below).

    Accepted payment methods

    Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
    Returns and exchanges
    If you are not happy with your Gnotebook for any reason whatsoever, you can return it to me unused for a full refund minus shipping.

    If your Gnotebook was damaged during shipping, please contact me via Etsy right away so I can arrange a replacement. Depending on the timing, a replacement may take 3 or 4 weeks.

    The Gnotebook is not water-resistant so please take care to keep moisture out; likewise do not subject to extreme heat. I don't recommend regular use in an extremely humid environment, as the cardboard may be subject to warping and other structural issues.
    If you are not happy with your Gnotebook for any reason whatsoever, you can return it to me unused for a full refund minus shipping.

    If your Gnotebook was damaged during shipping, please contact me via Etsy right away so I can arrange a replacement. Depending on the timing, a replacement may take 3 or 4 weeks.

    The Gnotebook is not water-resistant so please take care to keep moisture out; likewise do not subject to extreme heat. I don't recommend regular use in an extremely humid environment, as the cardboard may be subject to warping and other structural issues.
    Payment
    I accept PayPal or Visa, and shipments are sent on receipt of payment.
    Shipping
    Shipping to the 50 United States is via US Postal Service Priority Mail. Shipment overseas is via US Postal Service First-Class International Parcel Mail. I will email you the Customs Declaration Form number after your order is shipped. If you want a faster shipment, let me know and we will work something out.
    Additional policies and FAQs
    Lost accessories: If you should happen to lose a camera port cap or stylus, you may contact me and let me know your case color, and I will ship you a replacement for a minimal charge. You can also pick up a replacement stylus that will fit at Staples or the like (Targus Universal Tablet Stylus). The Goja brand microfiber cloth is available through Amazon.