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Old 01-25-2020, 03:37 PM   #1
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Is there a hack to disable tapping for turning pages on the Kindle Paperwhite?

Just wondering if anyone knows of a way to hack the Kindle Paperwhite to disable tapping for turning pages, and just use swipe for that? I know the Paperwhite has a Disable Touchscreen option, but that doesn't allow you to look up words while you're reading, or change the brightness. I don't know why there's no option to only turn pages by swiping, but still have the other features. Curious if there's a way to hack the kindle to do this?

PS: I've seen a lot of people frustrated by the touchscreen on e-book readers being too sensitive, some wanting to get an e-reader with buttons for that purpose. I think all of us who can relate should submit a complaint or a suggestion like a just swipe option to kindle-feedback@amazon.com so they can see people want this improved.
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Old 01-25-2020, 03:44 PM   #2
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I know of no way to disable tap to change the page on a PW. But, Kobo's have an option to turn off tapping to change the page and only allow swiping.
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Old 01-25-2020, 04:04 PM   #3
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I know of no way to disable tap to change the page on a PW. But, Kobo's have an option to turn off tapping to change the page and only allow swiping.
Kobo does seem more responsive to suggestions that make sense instead of requiring overwhelming demand before even considering them.
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The only way that I know of (requires jailbreak) is to use koreader as your PW reader UI. Then you can configure koreader to do what you want.
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Which Paperwhite? I have the 10th generation Paperwhite (“PW4”) and it has Disable Touchscreen feature (5.12.3). You must use swipe to turn pages. Oasis has this feature as well (for at least a couple of years).

However my Voyage, running same 5.12.3, does not. I also have Kindle 8th and 10th generation but do not have them at hand to check.

It is not clear to me why it would depend on hardware and not just software, but my 2 device sample suggests it is the case.

My guess is that you need 8th generation or later Kindle for the feature to be present, and that therefore it only exists on the latest Paperwhite (which you probably do not have).

It is not a feature I’ve ever used (except to try). It is rare when I read something straight through without looking up a word, X-ray, tap to see where I am in the book, highlight etc., all of which are not readily available.

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Old 01-28-2020, 01:09 PM   #6
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Which Paperwhite? I have the 10th generation Paperwhite (“PW4”) and it has Disable Touchscreen feature (5.12.3). You must use swipe to turn pages. Oasis has this feature as well (for at least a couple of years).

However my Voyage, running same 5.12.3, does not. I also have Kindle 8th and 10th generation but do not have them at hand to check.

It is not clear to me why it would depend on hardware and not just software, but my 2 device sample suggests it is the case.

My guess is that you need 8th generation or later Kindle for the feature to be present, and that therefore it only exists on the latest Paperwhite (which you probably do not have).

It is not a feature I’ve ever used (except to try). It is rare when I read something straight through without looking up a word, X-ray, tap to see where I am in the book, highlight etc., all of which are not readily available.
Kobo does it better. Tapping is still available for when you need to tap to change settings or lookup words and page turns do not work with taps. You need to swipe. This (IMHO) works much better.
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