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Old 11-30-2007, 06:25 PM   #1
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One question that I havent seen addressed much is.. how is flipping through pages? Say I wanted to jump 10 pages, or even jump to a page #, is the Kindle relatively fast in doing so? Is it responsive enough that I can flip through pages without any delay?

I bought and returned the Sony reader because the PDF support was atrocious and jumping and even rendering pages was way too slow. (Esp for large PDFs like computer reference books).

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Old 11-30-2007, 06:29 PM   #2
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Page flipping on the kindle is very fast (at least tolerable now) whereas I agree with you that in regards to PDFs and the Sony PRS500 it was not. In general the Kindle is much more perky than the PRS500.

But keep in mind that all PDFs either have to be converted to Kindle format by Amazon.com or by a conversion utility.

The one thing I do miss is the Sony Reader's ability to skip 10 pages at a time. I haven't found that function in the Kindle. Anybody know if there is a trick I don't know about?

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One question that I havent seen addressed much is.. how is flipping through pages? Say I wanted to jump 10 pages, or even jump to a page #, is the Kindle relatively fast in doing so? Is it responsive enough that I can flip through pages without any delay?

I bought and returned the Sony reader because the PDF support was atrocious and jumping and even rendering pages was way too slow. (Esp for large PDFs like computer reference books).

TIA
I had the 500, and the Kindle is much faster.

Jumping to another page is almost as fast as clicking the next page button.
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:24 PM   #4
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The Kindle is pretty fast. That's subjective, because others have complained about how slow it is. But that's comparing it to a printed book. The only comparison I can make is the Cyboon Gen3, which I also own. The Cybook is noticeably slower than the Kindle.

I'm pleased enough with the page turn rate, and found a comfortable reading speed that allows me to NEXT while I am still scanning the last line on the current page. YMMV of course.
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The Kindle has a font-size independent "page" count, and you can jump to a given page number.

Most e-books have a TOC for chapters, which can be used for navigation.

There is also an "extended" mode for its progress bar, where prev and next page goes to the prev/next bookmark (e.g. next chapter if you have not added your own bookmarks). It also allows you to use keys 1, 2, ... 0 to jump to 10%, 20%, ... 100% of the document.

See Chapter 3.5 "Using Bookmarks", page 600, in the User's Guide for a description of the extended progress bar. The User's Guide is also available as a PDF on Amazon's main Kindle page.
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