Amazon has announced a new feature for its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, and Kindle mobile apps that brings the electronic reading experience closer to that of an actual book. The new Page Flip feature allows you to flip through a book while saving your current place, allowing you to quickly peek at previous or future chapter, appendices, and more.
Page Flip will come with a number of interesting new features. Here's what Amazon (opens in new tab) says to expect:
- Save your place: Want to reference a chart or map on another page while you're reading? Page Flip "pins" your current page to the side of the screen when you swipe away from it to explore other parts of the book. Tap your pinned page to instantly jump back to it.
- Get a bird's eye view of the book: Looking for a picture or a passage you've highlighted? Zoom out to get a bird's eye view of the book and quickly find what you're looking for.
- Go ahead, explore: At a glance, easily recognize specific pages as you jump around. Pictures, charts, your highlights, and the layout of each page are easy to see with Page Flip's pixel-accurate thumbnails that automatically adjust as you change your font and margin settings.
Page Flip will be rolling out soon as a free update for Amazon's Kindle apps and products. You can grab the Kindle app from the Google Play Store (opens in new tab).
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It's about time. I hope this feature works as well as sticking a finger or pencil or sticky on a page. I've wanted something like this for a long time, esp when flipping through long pdf's and between technical drawings. I look forward to trying it out.
One thing I hated when using digital text books was referencing an appendix or graph on another page, then needing to find my way back. Though I'm now done with school, this will be a great addition. If you're in school, ebooks are the way to go, 100%.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I can't wait for this to filter down to 3rd party apps, especially because most endnote links are a pain to deal with even when the notes are collected in one clearly marked section of an epub.
Thank goodness they didn't use annoying kids, Gary Busey, or Alec Baldwin this time.
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