Amazon just made it easier to flip through the pages of your favorite ebook.
With the aptly named Page Flip feature, pushed today to the Kindle app and ereaders through a free software update, you can skim back and forth through the different parts of a book as if they were actual pages, all while saving your original place.
In a hands-on demo, the experience was fairly similar to fanning through a physical book. It's easy to use, too, whether you're reading a Kindle app on a tablet, smartphone, or Kindle ereader.
First, I tried Page Flip on an Apple iPad, where I flipped through Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. As mentioned, using Page Flip is intuitive. All you have to do is tap the screen, which causes the page you're on to zoom out slightly, revealing the center page with a blue highlight around it, flanked by previews of upcoming and previous pages. By swiping left or right, you can scroll backwards and forwards through pages in a fast, fluid manner, like watching a magician flip through a pack of cards. Tap a page and the scrolling will stop.
Don't worry about losing your place, though; a tiny page icon in the lower left corner brings you back to where you originally were in the book. And if you want to refer back to where you just flipped to, you can tap the lower-left icon again to go directly back to the saved page. You can also toggle back and forth between the most recent two saved pages. This way, I easily traveled back and forth between Aziz's advice for choosing the best OKCupid profile picture and text messages between him and his then-girlfriend.
Real Life. Real News. Real Voices
Help us tell more of the stories that matterBecome a founding member
Using Page Flip, it's also possible to go into to a bird's-eye view to see more pages of a book. In this mode, you can see nine pages on a screen at once, arranged in a three-by-three grid with the pinned page icon in the lower-left corner. I navigated The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett in this mode without a loss in detail. Even with the zoomed-out view, the lovely animated illustrations on the pages still appeared crisp and clear thanks to pixel-accurate thumbnails that also capture any font size and margin changes you might make in the Kindle app's settings.
The Page Flip experience on an Apple iPhone 6 is similar to the tablet version. It's basically the same on the Kindle Oasis, too, with a few caveats. On the Oasis, you have to tap the top of the screen to bring up the ereader's commands and settings; alternatively, you can swipe up. Then on the bottom of the screen, you'll see a two-button toggle. The right button brings you to the nine-page, bird's-eye view, while the left button takes you to the three-page view that lets you scroll through pages. Though there is no icon, the pinned page is represented as a page number in the lower left corner. You can tap an X icon in the corner to go back to regular reading.
If you listen to Audible versions of books, Page Flip has you covered. You can go into Page Flip mode, scour a book for a new page, and Audible will continue to read from your pinned page. Unless you tap on a new page, the audio never resets.
Subscribe to the newsletter news
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe