How to Move through a Book on Your Kindle Paperwhite
Reading a book on a Kindle Paperwhite is intuitive. To go to the next page, tap anywhere on the page, except near the top and along the left. Tap near the left edge of the display to move back one page. To see the toolbar, tap near the top edge of the display.
Go to a specific spot on your Kindle Paperwhite
You can also jump directly to various parts of a book. Tap near the top of the screen to display the toolbars, and then tap Go To. A pop-up window appears.
The list of Go To options may differ depending on the book. Here are the options you may see:
Beginning: The first words of text in the book.
Page or Location: A particular page or location in the book.
Cover: The book's cover.
Front Matter: Content that appears before the start of the book, such as a dedication.
Chapter listing: The list of chapters, similar to a traditional table of contents. Then tap a chapter title or number to go directly to that chapter.
If the chapter listing is more than one page long, swipe up the list with your finger to advance to additional chapters. A scroll bar indicator on the right provides an approximation of the length of the list.
About the Author: Biographical information about the author of the book.
Also Available: A list of additional books by the same publisher.
Copyright Page: Legal and copyright information and the ISBN for the book.
End: The end of the book.
Find your place on the Kindle Paperwhite
The Kindle Paperwhite gives you several options for knowing your location in a book.
As you read, the area at the bottom of the screen displays a location number for the text currently in view and a percentage indicating how much of the book you’ve read. Tap the location number to cycle through the minutes left in the chapter, the hours and minutes left in the book, and the location. Your final choice becomes the default.
All e-books have location information, but not all have page numbers. Time to dig into the difference in these terms and how you may use them to reference different parts of a book:
Location: The concept of a fixed, printed page doesn’t apply to e-books because you can vary the font type, font size, line spacing, and words per line. Instead of page numbers, e-books use location as a marker indicating how far you are in the e-book. The location remains constant even if the screen or font size changes.
One "unit" of location is equivalent to 128 bytes of information in the e-book file.
Page number: Many e-books can also display a page number that reflects the page number in the printed edition of the book. This information is helpful, for example, if you're in a reading group in which some members use Kindles and others use printed copies of the book.
Discover your reading speed
The Kindle Paperwhite can learn your reading speed, so it can tell you how many minutes or hours of reading time remain in the current chapter or book.
How does the Kindle Paperwhite determine how much reading time is left in a chapter or book? When you first open a book, Learning reading speed appears at the bottom of the screen. After the device calculates your reading speed, it uses this figure for the rest of your reading experience in that particular document.
The device can relearn your reading speed. This feature is helpful if you have paged very quickly through a book, making the reading speed inaccurate. Simply tap the top of the screen to display the toolbar, touch the Search icon, and type the following:
Tap the search arrow and the device will display 0 search results. Press the Back icon and Learning reading speed will again be displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Menu options for Kindle Paperwhite books
When reading a book, you can access useful features by tapping the top of the screen to display the toolbar and then tapping the Menu icon.
The following options appear:
Shop Kindle Store: Go to the Kindle Store to browse and find e-books.
Book Description: Display the book's Kindle Store description. Wireless must be on to view this information.
About the Author: When available, see biographical information about the author as well as a list of other Kindle books that the author has written.
Landscape Mode: Change the orientation of the page from portrait to landscape mode.
Sync to Furthest Page Read: If you have viewed the current book on another device, you can adjust your location to the furthest page read.
Select this option if you want to use Whispersync to synchronize your Kindle Paperwhite book with an audio book from Audible.
Add Bookmark: Save a particular location in a book. One book can have multiple bookmarks. You can tell whether your current location is bookmarked by a little dog-ear icon that appears in the top-right corner.
View Notes & Marks: Display the highlighted sections, notes, and bookmarks for the current book. Popular highlights from other readers are also displayed.
Reading Progress: Select the default for the reading progress displayed at the bottom of the screen: location in book, time left in chapter, or time left in book.
Settings: Toggle Airplane mode on and off and access options for Wi-Fi networks, registration, reading, parental controls, time, language, and more.
If you don't see the Settings menu choice, make sure you have firmware version 5.3.0 or later on your Kindle Paperwhite. To determine the firmware version, from the Home screen, tap Menu→Settings→Menu→Device Info. The firmware version is displayed in the middle of the screen. If it is less than 5.3.0, upgrade your device.