This is really a great discovery!! I'd also love to have the page turn buttons circumvent flashy finger scrolling in many apps / menus.
Be sure to check out the Wiki for Sony PRS-T1 Rooting and Tweaks!
Many questions are answered there already... If not - feel free to add
Some modifications will void warranty and may irreversibly destroy the device. I won't take responsibility if you damage your reader by using one of my files or following my suggestions.