Page Flip redesigned, improved and coming to EBRs, Fire tablets, and reader apps
Amazon is not showing any indications of a wavering commitment to EBRs (E-Book Readers) and e-books!
You may see stories about e-book sales declining, but I think those may be based on a too small dataset (getting reports from the big traditional publishers, and missing not only indies ((independent publishers)) but Amazon’s own publishing).
They’ve recently announced a new EBR
which I wrote about here:
This has a giant innovation, which may come to other models: it will connect via Bluetooth to play audio. It can’t play audio on the device itself, but Bluetooth speakers/headsets can be pretty inexpensive. I use a pair of Arctic brand headphones, no longer available, with our Fire TV. However, I also have Bluetooth speakers, the Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap, and those should all work with it.
That new Kindle will also export your notes in a new way…another big improvement, nearly nine years in the making. 😉
Their latest innovation, announced today in this
is a great improvement on the Page Flip we’ve had on newer EBRs (E-Book Readers). It is coming as a wireless update to EBRs (I would be sure about all of the current generation…don’t know how far back it will go), Fire tablets, and the free Kindle reader apps for iOS and Android.
They wrote me personally and were nice enough to share links to some animations that show how it works on a
Not surprisingly, not exactly the same on the three type of devices, but I think it is good on all of them!
With the current Page Flip (on, for example, the current Paperwhite), you can flip back and forth in the book while maintaining your current spot in the book.
The new version shows you several pages at once in “thumbnails” (small representations):
This will make it much easier to navigate to graphs and other images. It’s possible this will turn the tide on the reluctance some students have had in using e-textbooks. It will also work well in things like cookbooks and encyclopedias…you could flip ahead to find a picture of a red panda, for example…maybe not as quickly, but more easily than you could with a p-book (paperbook).
They’ve done a help page, which also embeds a cute ad for it, with a sort of duel between a kid with a p-book and an adult with an e-book:
Throughout the short history of the Kindle (not even a decade yet), Amazon has continued to make our devices better after we’ve bought them, at no additional cost to us. Certainly, not every feature comes to every model ever made (in some cases, that wouldn’t be feasible technically) and there have been a few reversals (not to the device you already own, generally, but Bluetooth restores TTS…text-to-speech…access to books which has been absent from EBRs for soe time), but overall, onwards and upwards. 🙂
You should just receive the update “over-the-air” if you leave your device connected to wireless…it won’t necessarily happen in the next day, of course. When connected to wireless, be aware that you are using more battery charge…I sometimes leave by EBRs plugged in overnight.
I’m not seeing it for manual download yet at
but I would guess it will show up there eventually.
I’m looking forward to getting it…thanks, Amazon!
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