I was worried about this too. My elastic is still strong and I am always wrapping it on and off, the thing that worries me the most is that my kindle seems to be hanging kind of loose, what I mean is that the hinge used to keep the kindle fairly tight to the back of the cover but now if I turn the cover upside down, the kindle can hang and inch or so away from the cover which I don't remember it being like before. Hopefully the hinge system won't break off inside the kindle. My hubby barely uses his cover so I make try his and see if it looks the same. I absolutely love my lighted cover, I have a couple of Oberons but 99% of the time I use the Amazon lighted cover.