One of the things I love about Kindle is how easy it is to read, even in the sun, on a trip, at the beach etc. As long as I read a book from start to end, that is. If, however, I want to refer to, say, a map, or a list of characters, then paper wins hands down. I can flick back and forth in a way that Kindle can never hope to match.

Or so I thought.

I’m obviously not the only one to have noticed this shortcoming, as Amazon just announced PageFlip; a new way of jumping back and forth.

Through Page Flip, you can:

Save your place

Want to reference a chart or map on another page while you’re reading? Page Flip “pins” your current page to the side of the screen when you swipe away from it to explore other parts of the book. Tap your pinned page to instantly jump back to it.

Get a bird’s eye view of the book

Looking for a picture or a passage you’ve highlighted? Zoom out to get a bird’s eye view of the book and quickly find what you’re looking for.

Explore through thumbnails

At a glance, easily recognize specific pages as you jump around. Pictures, charts, your highlights, and the layout of each page are easy to see with Page Flip’s pixel-accurate thumbnails that automatically adjust as you change your font and margin settings.

Page Flip is not yet available on all books, although Amazon says it is being added to more books every day. On the Kindle eBook Store page for a given book, look for “Page Flip: Enabled” in the features list.

Find out more on Amazon.