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Initial post: Oct 15, 2013 9:28:38 AM PDT
I dont understand why this pattern of touch screen to flip pages. It bothers me on tablets and now is on kindle too.

First, i hate accidentally touch on the screen and pages turn over to the next.

And, most importantly, all speed reading courses aproach a method of reading with hand. So its terrible that you cant use your hand to guide your eyes because if ypu toch the screen, the pages turn ahead.

It's terrible. and I dont understand why the tablets and now kindle dont solve this problem putting an option to turn pages with two or three presses on the screen or other way to lock the page to avoid the flip of pages with a simple touch.

Because that, I prefer my old kindle that doesn't have touch screen.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 10:08:05 AM PDT
It sounds like touch screen devices aren't the best choice for speed readers.

I've been reading since I was 4. I've never understood the desire to speed read. A good book is like a vacation. I want them to last, and I want to savor and enjoy them. Not speed through them.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 10:14:57 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
Sounds like paper books are for you. Don't buy a kindle.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 10:17:06 AM PDT
Ripley says:
I agree with Meya; I already read fast enough that I feel that books are over too quickly. That said, I recommend the Kindle Basic for those who want an non-touch e-reader.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 10:18:28 AM PDT
"...I dont understand why the tablets and now kindle dont solve this problem ..."

The problem is solved by speed readers realizing BEFORE they buy that they'll have to refrain from touching the screen. Or simply read NORMALLY when they use their Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 10:18:40 AM PDT
I'm with you. I had to read fast to handle all the reading in my assigned college courses (English major); now I read at my own pace. It's one reason I never liked getting books from the library as much as I liked buying them. I read for my own enjoyment, with no limitation or restrictions.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 10:21:19 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Why should the makers of these devices do this when most people don't speed read?
It would be just another setting that people would turn off without meaning to and then fuss about why they can't get the pages to turn.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 10:22:35 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
I speed read, and I don't use my hand or finger to follow the text so I wouldn't have imagined this could be a problem...
But yes, if you use a touchscreen, touching the screen will result in something happening.......

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 10:53:33 AM PDT
KG says:
I got this visual when I saw the title of this thread of someone holding their thumb on the page turn part of the screen and the pages flipping by really fast....I laughed. :D

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 11:17:56 AM PDT
That's actually what made me open the thread.
I was thinking it was going to be a how to.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 11:23:36 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I'm a self taught speed reader and I have never used my hand (that would slow me down too much as I read blocks of text)

And there are two different methods of learning speed reading: Meta Guiding which you're obvious using and Skimming which is the way I learned

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 5:23:46 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
A somewhat clumsy but possibly workable solution to this might be a think piece of plexiglass laying across the front of the Paperwhite, possibly held in place by velcro. Then you could guide yourself with your finger as you read and remove it easily when you want to turn a page. Or, better yet, cut out a portion of the plexiglass to enable page turning.

You can get plexiglass cut to size at any hardware store and most will also have adhesive backed velcro to hold it in place. The whole thing should cost a dollar or two.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 1:09:55 PM PDT
Or... buy a plastic ruler. 79¢.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 2:54:19 AM PST
I'm starting to learn to speed read on the newest paperwhite. With my thumb, I hold down the lower left corner where it says the location number, time left in the book/chapter, etc. Then after I'm finished reading the page, I lift up and then swipe to go to the next page and repeat.

Another solution is to buy a screen protector and use a smooth pen-shaped piece of plastic instead of your finger.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 3:28:54 AM PST
JoshuaJohn says:
Maybe Amazon will bring back the KK for speed readers, so you can click and turn.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2014 3:45:02 AM PST
What a good solution your first one is, J.M! And how nice it is to see someone thinking laterally to find a solution instead of getting bogged down in the problem and railing at Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2014 3:46:40 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I speed read just fine on my paperwhite using my method (over 6-700 words a minute last time I was tested).

Using my finger would significantly slow me down as I read blocks of text not individual words. And the format of the e-ink kindles helps even more as the pages are narrower than a regular book

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 3:53:16 AM PST
Dorsie says:
I had never speed read before the Kindle. When they added margin controls I started to set the widest margins if I wanted to read fast. In portrait mode that leaves just the middle third of the screen with text and I can scan each line as a unit, even though I'm blind in one eye. It's very easy on my eyes and I've gotten super fast at it. I don't know if this is one of the formal methods, but it's uniquely suited to the margin controls on e-readers.

I still like to saunter and savor with exceptional prose or something that I want to remember, but I really enjoy now being able to knock off a mystery in about 90 minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2014 4:02:09 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I don't change the margins, but that's kinda what I do and I'm self-taught

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 11:45:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2014 2:54:34 AM PST
Well, after further experimenting, holding down the lower left corner is not as effective since it can trigger the text size to increase due to the mulit-touch display occasionally registering the speed reading gesture as two fingers going away from each other. I now use the smoothest end of a highlighter to read and have ordered a screen protector to eliminate the possibility of scratching the screen.

And I agree with "the bookwork" that Amazon cannot possibly design a product that appeals to 100% of the people who buy and use it. Ultimately, it is up to the user to use the best ereader on the market to our individual tastes, which means coming up with creative ways to use it in order to make up for the downsides of our reading methods. You can't make an intuitive touchscreen device not read touch gestures whenever you don't want them to register.

I agree that the best speed reading device would be the Kindle without the touchscreen if you use your finger. I didn't want to sacrifice the convenience of the built in light in order to do so, so I sacrifice by not using my finger. Simple as that.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2014 9:50:46 AM PST
Tye Male says:
I really appreciate your post because this solved my problem, except for the upper 25% which can trigger the text size options. Also, I like that it toggles loc #, page #, time left in chapter and time left in book. Excellent!

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 11:53:17 PM PDT
Ketan Pandya says:
I just tried this, if you keep the finger vertically, in such a way that only a section of the finger nail (mine are very short and maintain them that way, for ones with longer one it may be easier) touches the screen, reducing the total area of the screen in impact as much possible, it wont turn the page. Even if I use the finger nail upside-down (horizontal), the impact area on the screen increases and it flips the page. I'm yet to try more and see if this is going to be a practical way to use the finger as a pacer, not sure how comfortable this is for rest of the world though!
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