rugged book

Durable, Magnetic-Hinged Keyboard and Case
for Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Rugged Book Case with Keyboard for the Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro

rugged book

Durable, Magnetic-Hinged Keyboard and Case
for Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro

  • Durable: A multi-layered, removable case deflects impact energy.
  • Four Modes: Converts into a Keyboard, Video, Case, and Book mode.
  • 2-Year Battery: Enjoy up to two years of use between charges*.

Regular Price: $149.99

Special Price $99.99

Availability: In stock and ships free.

Free shipping on all new orders to the U.S.

Regular Price: $149.99

Special Price $99.99

Free shipping on all new orders to the U.S.


The patent pending ZAGG Rugged Book is the toughest, most versatile wireless Bluetooth tablet keyboard available. Tough polycarbonate and soft silicone combine in the case to deliver unmatched protection. A unique, magnetic hinge secures the iPad at virtually any angle and converts into a Keyboard, Video, Case, and Book mode while a lithium polymer battery provides up to two years of typing between charges*.

*Regular use of one hour per day. Using the backlit feature will impact battery life and may require more frequent charging.


Case Mode

Tough polycarbonate inlaid with durable silicone covers a stainless steel plate that provides ultimate protection and a solid typing surface.

Book Mode

The magnetic hinge reverses to secure your iPad in a convenient book mode that protects your keyboard and iPad while you read.

Keyboard Mode

The magnetic hinge holds your iPad at virtually any viewing angle while backlit keys set in a spacious typing area ensure fast, accurate typing in any situation.

Video Mode

Reverse your iPad and set it at the perfect viewing angle so you can watch all your favorite videos in comfort, anywhere.


Owner's manual
Created with Sketch. Rugged Book Online Manual

Reviews & Questions

Rugged Book Case with Backlit Keyboard for the Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro/Air 2 (English US) is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 60.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good solid protection from drops etc. I first had a slim book case /keyboard which is little lighter weight . I really liked that but when I recently dropped tablet & it hit an end table corner... case & tablet were fine .. also due to the Zagg glass I had on screen. Zagg glass cracked & with lifetime replacement they already sent replacement. Sooo I saw new rugged case w backlit keyboard on sale here & got that one . Actually think I like it better as its weight makes it sit up steadier when on your lap typing . Love Zagg products & service !!
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems to live up to the Rugged Book name. Replaced two previous Slim bOOks with the Rugged Book. Both previous Slim Books failed at the hinge attachment. Hoping the Rugged Book lasts longer.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Features! I purchased it a few weeks ago and could not be any more grateful to the Zagg guy who recommended it to me! I love it, handy and amazing overall.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Zagg Rugged Book Case The case is so sturdy and protects my iPad Air 2 so well!!!!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great customer service This Rugged Book Case is a replacement for a defective case. The Zagg rep faciliitated my return efficiently and had a new case shipped promptly. Love the product and appreciate the great customer service.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Customer Service The bluetooth connection for my Rugged Book Pro did not connect. Called Customer Service and they sent out a new replacement immediately.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Experience (Again) with ZAGG Was treated with speed and courtesy. Effort was made to rectify the problem but when it proved it could not be the ZAGG rep. gave me al the necessary info. to have a replacement sent out.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am happy I bought it however I have lost a key off it and need to get it replaced. It would be thequotation and apogtrophe key. Could you get it for me.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact durable versatile I just luv it . I saw it and bought easy to use and pair
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome case This case is so much better than the slim book I had for my Ipad 9,7, it's more durable and protective that i don't have to worry about my Ipad 9,7 breaking,
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOUGH this case is great. love that the battery life is super long. Don;t like that there is not really a battery indicator but there is a work around that is easy - see support
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another winner from Zagg I've been a fan of Zagg and their product for some time now, and my latest experience is an example of why. One of the reasons I bought my iPad Pro 9.7" was that Zagg offered several products to protect it. Since I had some experience with their tempered glass screen protector I knew that my screen would be adequately protected (as was my iPhone). The more important product that helped my decision was their Rugged Book. I wanted to protect the iPad, of course, but I wanted to use the R.B. to extend the capability of my 'Pad. Ever since I put the RB in place I've been able to use my iPad as an extra-portable laptop and have been very satisfied. In addition, when the Rugged book developed a problem, Zagg looked up my purchase, determined that I was still within a year of the purchase and offered a replacement--free. Apart from the excellent quality of the products, Zagg's service has made me a happy customer for a number of years.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great products - great warranty service I love the Rugged book case for the Apple 9.7 inch iPad Pro. It's awesome! The cut outs for the speaker locations allow the sound to project forward for a better listening experience. The backlit keyboard is amazing too.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great I would recommend this product to anyone..........
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent Rugged yet stylish enough to use out and for work.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ZAGG Rugged Book Case is AWESOME! I did a lot of research looking for the right book case with keyboard that lit up for my iPad... This is one of the best buys I have made to protect my iPad... Strong, flexible to change and the keyboards lite up... I love it!! A+++++
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent device! Superb support! I bought one last august and when it arrived it had problems with the keys where clicking once will type in two characters, after contacting the support team i received a replacement right away. After 2 weeks of using the replacement it suddenly won't turn on and so i contacted them again and right away i had an order for replacement and they waived the need to return the 2 broken devices. I'm even in the Philippines and still they are able to meet my requests. Kudos to Zagg! Their support team replies really fast and is very reliable.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy duty, great keyboard I got this a few months ago. It is very heavy duty and with stands the daily abuse of a hectic outside work environment.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speed When I called to report the broken charging cord, the response was quick, he signed me up and a new cord arrived soon after.
Date published: 2016-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cover and keep it safely!!! I am very happy with this product !! It is very solid and handle. There is no doubt ZAAG is the BEST!!!!! Thanks
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the keyboard! When I first got my IPad just bought the standard magnetic cover/keyboard closure. It was ok but I wanted something better. My son made mention of the ZAGG cover so I looked into it along with others. What I chose is the Rugged Case with the backlit keypads. I get up early so working in emails and such is great with the features of this product. I also carry it with me at work in plant settings, so when I need to make notes or take pictures on something it's handy. When the grandkids come they take the iPad off the keyboard and play their games. The cover around the iPad seems very durable, just in case you were to drop it I think the iPad would be safe. So if your looking for cover on your iPad with a keyboard this is the one you won't go wrong by purchasing this product.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of Show Purchased this in late May. It lasted two months before the hinges broke. It felt way too stiff, difficult to open/close. Perhaps a mistake in manufacture. I took the defective one back to the ZAGG store. It was replaced no questions asked. The replacement feels at it should, much better (normal) than the first one I purchased. The best thing was the employees in the downtown SLC store. Perfect. Professional. Despite the mistake with the first one (hey, mistakes happen), I am well pleased.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Protection and Flexibility This case works so well. I wanted a keyboard with my new iPad but didn't want to always be tied to that keyboard. With this new case I have many options.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged protection From the three cases I own for my iPad Pro 9'7 , Zagg rugged book, UAG military drop test smart case, Apple keyboard for the pro. The Zagg Rugged Book over performs them in every way, with Zagg you can never go wrong, the rugged book for the best protection for your investment.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best experience of the rarest kind Best experience of the rarest kind I am not a fan of iPad's but was issued this by my company. Zagg's keyboard makes the device a great deal more functional and practical. The design is innovative, durable, and practical. But more than that, from my naturally skeptical perception, Zagg emerges and establishes itself as a rare great company having the highest reputation of quality and care. It is so hard to find a company like that left in the US any more. If anything goes awry with their product Zagg truly, truly supports it. They do this with a company that employs individuals willing to help, actually anxious to please. Zagg does this all from an America that we can hardly remember, for those of us who remember differently. In short, if you have an iPad, buy this attachment and buy it only from this company.
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Keyboard and Case This is the 2nd rugged case that we purchased from Zagg. Have several people that I worked with and they all agree that it's the best keyboard on the market.
Date published: 2016-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Protection for iPad Pro 9.7! I just received the Rugged Book for my iPad Pro 9.7 and it's built like a tank! They do have slits for all four speakers that direct the sound towards you and the sound quality is excellent. The keyboard is well thought out and the keys feel great. The backlit key option is a major plus of this keyboard and I like that you have four color options. The case adds a little weight to the iPad and I don't mind because this is the most versatile case out there for the iPad Pro 9.7. This case allows for several different viewing options and I like that you can tilt the screen to several different angles while typing. For those who have the Apple pencil you will not be able to charge it via the iPad while in the case. You will need to use the adapter that came with the pencil to charge it via the USB cable. The cutout for the charge port on this case is square and the pencil port will not fit since the pencil is round.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic quality, easy to use Great product, very durable and high quality construction. Keys are highly responsive and easy to adapt to the smaller keys. Backlit keys are very impressive with numerous color options. iPad easily detaches from the keyboard with ease. Overall impression is an easily decided 5 star rating, highly recommend to any user with daily typing use. Only downside would be the lack of the Apple Pencil attachment ability (for those who use the pencil). Well worth the cost, you won't regret purchasing this highly durable, and sturdy keyboard!
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Confirmed Features & Worthwhile Upgrade I just received my Rugged Book for the 9.7 iPad Pro today and I can confirm a few major questions that have come up over the past several months. 1. The Rugged Book has been designed from the ground up specifically for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. I know many (myself included) feared that this was little more than a re-purposed case for the iPad Air/Air 2. It's not. I'll discuss some of the major differences between this case and the prior incarnations of the Rugged Book below. 2. The iPad case fits perfectly with a tempered glass screen protector. I'm using the ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass ( and the edges of the case are flush with the edges of the glass screen protector with the exception of the keyboard-side rubber flaps, which fit over the glass protector with ease. While the fit with the glass screen protector is a little snug with the keyboard, it works well. Those were the two questions with which I was most concerned prior to my purchase. Now, for the differences between this case and the prior Rugged Book incarnation. For reference, I'm using the Rugged Book case for the iPad Air, which may or may not have been identical to the case sold for the iPad Air 2. I assume they were the same, but I could be wrong. - The keyboard itself is structurally identical to prior versions with similar thickness and weight. The lettering on the keys is superficially different, but not in a way that would be noticeable. - The iPad case portion is both thinner and lighter than prior incarnations. It's likely a combination of the thinner nature of the iPad 9.7-inch Pro and better design on the case. Either way, it's a welcome change. The prior incarnation was too bulky as a standalone iPad case and it added to the weight and size of the set. This case feels much more streamlined and yet still provides superior protection from accidents. - The biggest change is on the speaker openings. Prior incarnations of this case had holes for the speakers open to the outside of the case (meaning there were actual cutouts in the side of the case that "vented" the sound outward, away from the iPad). This case has grooves in the front of the case that "vent" the sound forward, towards the person watching the screen. In my opinion, this is preferable. These grooves push the sound towards the listener, adding a slight amplification over a case-less iPad. In concert with Question 1 above, the speaker grooves are in the proper location for the iPad. I noticed some of the ZAGG Folio cases billed as sufficient for the iPad 9.7-inch Pro had the bottom speaker grooves in the wrong location. This is NOT the case here. Thanks for correcting that design error before releasing the Rugged Book, ZAGG. - Since the microphone changed locations (instead of both microphones being on the top of the iPad, they are now near the camera), the case has taken these into consideration. There's a triangle-shaped opening for the camera, flash, and microphone on the back, and a small square opening just over the volume buttons for the microphone located there. Now, the only openings on the side of the case are for the camera, microphone, headphones, and lightening port. Overall (or TL:DR), this is a well-designed upgrade from the iPad Air Rugged Book. It seems ZAGG has learned from the less-than-stellar aspects of prior Rugged Book and improved upon them for this most recent release. If you are like me and need an external keyboard to get the most from your iPad, it really gets no better than this. The Rugged Book is the perfect combination between protection and functionality. If protection is less of a concern and you would prefer something with a little less weight, try the SlimBook. No matter what you choose, stick with ZAGG. I've tried other cases/keyboards and they simply don't compare. Plus, the lifetime warranty with ZAGG is unbeatable. Note: I purchased and paid for this case myself and was given no discount or consideration for this honest review. Hope it helped those of you still debating whether to make this purchase.
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from RUGGED I have this for my iPad Mini and just got the 9.7" Pro. I can't wait for this to be released for it. Love all the viewing options it allows and how well it protects at the same time.
Date published: 2016-04-19
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There wasn't a Users Manual in my Zagg Box.  Is there on on line? Or can you mail one to me.  There was just the Quick Start booklet.

Asked by: Glennie
There is a Users Manual online.  In fact, you can find it right here on this page, up at the top.  It is right underneath the "add to cart" button and below the "in-stock and ships by this date" info, just to the right of the word "description".  However, having read it multiple times, it seems and sounds like it is just a generalization "Users Manual" for ALL ZAGG Ruggedbook Keyboards Cases.  NOT specifically for the 9.7" iPad Pro Ruggedbook Keyboard Case!  BUT, I've come to find that all the Ruggedbook Keyboard Cases work and operate the same as all the others, more or less.  So you'll be fine. :)
Answered by: Meoster757575
Date published: 2016-07-28

Will this case fit the new (2018) 9.7 inch standard iPad (NOT the Pro)?  I've found conflicting information online.

Asked by: T Nel
No, this keyboard is not compatible with the iPad 9.7" 2018.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-06-18

Will the keyboard also be released with Nordic letter?

Asked by: Dan Witthøft
Yes, but its not available yet, stay tuned!
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2016-05-10

I was woundering if this case came in any different colors other then black

Asked by: Nickd539
At the moment, we only have the Rugged Book and Rugged Book Keyboard cases in black. Thanks, ZAGG
Answered by: Emran
Date published: 2017-01-05

This says it is for the iPad 9.7 inch iPad Pro.  Is it really or is it just an iPad Air case that's been renamed?  Does it block the speakers?  Will it sleep a baby Pro?  Because an iPad Air case will fit but won't be fully functional.

Asked by: DanielleF
This is not the same as the iPad Air/Air 2 keyboard cases. We've made the new Pro Rugged Book specific to the device.
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-05-16

Can I use a tempered glass screen protector with this case?

Asked by: aQui
Yes, our InvisibleShields fit nicely with all of the keyboards.
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-04-20

How you turn the lights on the zagg rugged keyboard i just received the product

Asked by: Johnnylove
Here is a handy list of the special key functions
Answered by: ZAGG CARE
Date published: 2016-12-28

I like the rugged case, but where do I put the Apple pencil? 

Asked by: pwrt
This case doesn't have a spot for the Apple pencil, sorry!
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2016-04-05

I purchased Zagg rugged messenger for my Apple model A1823. I am not happy with product due to the fact the case is no supported very well on a flat service. The last Zagg I had came with a hinged case. Is there one available for this model?

Asked by: Jeb680
If you are looking for a case for you iPad 9.7 with hinges, we suggest checking out the Folio. The hinge on the Folio case is flexible enough to give you 180° of viewing angles and strong enough to hold your device securely at your chosen angle for as long you need.To browse this product, head to:
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-03-21

I have a Rugged Book for my previous generation iPad Air, now that I've upgraded to 9.7" Pro I'd like to just get the Rugged Book cover without having to buy another keyboard, is this possible?

Asked by: JR6424
Unfortunately, we do not offer a Rugged Book Case for Apple iPads. Thanks, ZAGG
Answered by: Emran
Date published: 2017-01-17

When will the Rugged Case be available for iPad Pro 9.7? *though I hope it's really soon* ;)

Asked by: SMAN
We don't have an exact date. The best way to stay informed is through our email marketing list. You can subscribe in the upper left hand corner of our homepage.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2016-04-24

And the third question, due to question length limits:  (3) I understand that the Zagg keyboard still connects via bluetooth.  But does the Zagg case cover up the 9.7" iPad Pro smart connector?

Asked by: Wildblue
Yes, it does cover up the smart connector because we utilize the Bluetooth connection.
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-05-24

Two questions: 1. Does the rugged book work with Apple onscreen shortcut bar and keyboard shortcuts?  2. Does rugged book have openings for all four speakers?

Asked by: Josh77
Yes, it does have openings for all 4 speakers!  As for the first part of your question...I'm not exactly sure I know what you mean by "Apple onscreen shortcuts"???  I do know however, that the "shortcut bar" on the ZAGG keyboard works great!  If you don't mind, I would like to know more about these "Apple shortcuts" you're talking about(as I am somewhat 'NEW' to Apple products and their iOS), so would you mind letting me know with either posting another message as an "answer" to your own question.  Or by taking off the last two seventy five's from my nickname & message 9oo9le mail? I'd greatly appreciate it Josh.
Answered by: Meoster757575
Date published: 2016-07-03

Any idea when this will be available for the Pro 9.7"?

Asked by: Kdm2791
We expect the Rugged Book to be ready by mid-May at the latest. Stay tuned!
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-04-28

Can the battery be recharged for the keyboard?

Asked by: Dawn839
Yes. The Rugged Book comes with a charging cable you can use to charge your keyboard quickly and conveniently.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-07-05

When will this be available for iPad pro9.7?

Asked by: Nels0614
They are coming soon. To stay informed of new product availability, please subscribe to our email marketing list. You can do so on the upper left hand corner of our homepage.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2016-04-24

How does the rugged iPad Air 2, differ from the iPad Pro 9.7? Air 2 it fits the Pro iPad9.7. Only problems, the new speakers and keyboard connector. So need to know if these problems are fixed?

Asked by: CWT San Diego
We have products that are specifically made for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. They are coming soon. To stay informed of our new product availability, subscribe to our email marketing list. You can do so in the upper left hand corner of our homepage.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2016-04-24

How do i turn on the backlit keys?

Asked by: JoshM
Press the FN Key, and then the bottom arrow on the four directional arrow pad. This will allow you to cycle through backlight brightness.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-05-01

Anna J · 22 days ago We expect the Rugged Book to be ready by mid-May at the latest. |Stay tuned! It's mid-May! Any idea when the Rugged Book for the iPad Pro 9.7" will be available?

Asked by: azrekib
It's available NOW! Please visit :)
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-05-17

How can I check the status of the key board battery

Asked by: Te chgo
There are three ways to check your Rugged Book Pro’s remaining battery power. First, you can open your iPad’s widgets and see it displayed as a percentage there. Second, you can download the mophie® Power app from your favorite app store. The mophie app will walk you through installation and how to use the app to check your battery life. Third, you can press fn + the battery key. This will cause the LED indicator to flash one of the following three ways: 1. Three flashes = full battery life. 2. Two flashes = approximately half battery. 3. One flash = low battery. When your Rugged Book Pro reaches critical battery level, the LED will flash once every five minutes.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-05-08

which is better "rugged book" or "rugged book pro". i am confused as both cost the same $$ value.

Asked by: sriramprani
The Rugged Book does not have the kickstand or Apple Pencil storage space, whereas the Rugged Book Pro has those two additional features. Here is the link to the Rugged Book Pro to compare the two keyboards. Thanks, ZAGG
Answered by: Emran
Date published: 2017-07-09

Does this case provide a convenient place to stroke the Apple Pencil?

Asked by: Mreiber64
The Rugged Book does not but our Rugged Book Pro does offer a storage space for the Apple Pencil and both are the same price. Here is the link to the Rugged Book Pro. Thanks, ZAGG
Answered by: Emran
Date published: 2017-01-03

Does this case use bluetooth or the smart connector?

Asked by: orangeandblue
All of the ZAGG keyboards run off Bluetooth connection and are charged using micro-USB cable.
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-04-05

How do I replace a battery in the keyboard?

Asked by: rand
The keyboard is rechargeable using the included micro-USB cable. For charging instructions, please visit
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2017-03-20

Hi, How soon do you expect to be releasing the IPad Pro 9.7 keyboard cases? Thanks, Cristian 

Asked by: Neverrest
We expect most of the keyboard options for the Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro to be released in late April to early May. Stay tuned!
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-04-04

When will the zagg rugged case be released?

Asked by: nm7587
The Rugged Book for the 9.7-inch Pro is now available. Please visit .
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-05-17

I have a rugged book for my iPad Air, but the flash for the camera would be covered by the case. Is the case/keyboard actually different from the earlier one allowing an opening for the flash?

Asked by: GooGie
Yes, the new design has been created to allow for the camera and flash to be exposed.
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-05-21

Will you have any spanish keyboard for Ipad Pro 9.7 ? Thks

Asked by: OscarH
Yes we do! You can view the product here:
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2016-05-23

What is the physical size of the unit with iPad inserted and in the closed position?

Asked by: speedee
9.8 x 7.2 x 1 inches.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-03-06

Just a silly question from Germany: will the Rugged Book for iPad Pro 9.7 be delivered with a German/European keybord as well? That would be perfect :-)

Asked by: RWLLSGE
Yes, it isn't available yet, but will be soon.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2016-05-14
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