In its ongoing efforts to improve upon the Kindle, Amazon added a new feature for navigating its e-reader platform across all manner of devices. Page Flip lets you easily flip back and forth between pages as you read, which used to be doable, but a much more onerous task. The update will be a free over-the-air release today (June 28) to all Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and the Kindle app for iOS and Android.
“Page Flip makes it easier than ever to refer back to pictures in a political memoir, flip back and forth between a map and your current page in an epic fantasy series, or find passages you’ve highlighted in an investing guide,” said Chuck Moore, Vice President, Kindle. The whole process looks a lot closer to how you might actually use a real book, particularly when reading something like Lord of the Rings or The Other Boleyn Girl with maps or family trees.
To use the feature, you touch the page and the book zooms out. It saves your place in a tiny thumbnail on the bottom of the screen, making it simple to go back to where you were.
The change will apply to Amazon's latest Kindle upgrade to the base model. The $79.99 model is now thinner and lighter, and will now come in white. The $119.99 Kindle Paperwhite, my favorite in the e-reader family, will also be available in white.