Kindle Page Flip: The pros and the cons

Angus Kidman 29 June 2016

PageFlip

Amazon's new interface for Kindles has some neat options, but it isn't for everyone.

So overnight Amazon announced a new feature that will be rolling out on its newer Kindle models and in the Kindle apps for iOS and Android: Page Flip, which essentially lets you browse to other pages in your electronic book without losing your place. It's the electronic equivalent of holding your thumb on the current page while you check elsewhere.

The video below gives a fairly good demonstration of how the feature works. If you want to double-check something elsewhere in the book, a small thumbnail of your last page appears in the corner of the screen so you can easily jump back to where you were. You can also zoom out to see the entire contents of the book and jump to a specific section.

Obviously, this is more useful for non-fiction works, where you may want to check glossaries, chapter summaries or pictures. You're less likely to find these in fiction, though the other example that's been endlessly discussed since it was announced is jumping back to check the map in fantasy novels.

So what are the downsides? Firstly, the feature has to be enabled by the book publisher; it won't work automatically in all titles. Amazon says "millions" of titles support the feature already. If a book does support Page Flip, that will be noted on its page in the Kindle store under Product Details.

The other issue is that it will only work with newer Kindle models: anything released since the 2013 Paperwhite. That means that newer models like the Oasis and the recent Bluetooth-friendly Kindle are covered; you simply need to download a software update.

However, if you're like me and still using an older Kindle, you won't be able to use Page Flip. Dammit, I was already have trouble convincing myself not to buy an Oasis.

Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more. It appears Monday through Friday on finder.com.au.

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