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Twelve South's BookBook opens on iPhone 4

Mac accessory maker extends its line of fancy leather cases for literary types to the iPhone 4, and, in a novel twist, turns it into a wallet too.

BookBook for iPhone 4
BookBook for iPhone is a wallet and iPhone case rolled into one, which gives you one less thing to lug around but makes for a double bummer if a thief gets a hold of it. Twelve South

Twelve South, maker of iDevice cases with a literary leaning, is bringing its bookishness to the iPhone 4.

Like its cousins, the BookBook for MacBook, MacBook Air, and iPad, the new BookBook for iPhone is a hardback distressed-leather case with a leather spine that resembles a vintage book. It's also a pocket-size wallet that can hold your driver's license, debit card, cash, receipts, and Mensa membership card along with your phone.

The new BookBook for iPhone is available now at the Apple Store and TwelveSouth's Web site for $59.99. It's designed exclusively for the iPhone 4 (AT&T and Verizon) and won't fit the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or iPod Touch. That means owners of those devices will have a tougher time pretending to be reading "Anna Karenina" when they're really playing Angry Birds.

BookBook spine
It's not necessary to remove the iPhone from the BookBook to take a picture. Just pull the quick tab and slide the iPhone up a bit to expose the lens, then snap a quick picture or video. Twelve South