You’ve been turning pages in books your entire life, and you’re now reading electronically on the iPad. Fear not, you have no buttons to press to turn pages of an iBook.

Instead, to turn to the next page of a book, do any of the following:

  • Tap or flick your finger near the right margin of the page. If you tap or flick, the page turns in a blink.

  • Drag your finger near the margin, and the page folds down as it turns, as if you were turning pages in a real book.

  • Drag down from the upper-right corner of the book, and the page curls from that spot. The effect is so authentic, you can make out the faint type bleeding from the previous page on the next folded-down page.

  • Drag up from the lower-right corner, and the page curls up from that spot.

  • Drag from the middle-right margin, and the entire page curls.

To turn to the previous page in a book, tap, flick, or drag your finger in a similar fashion, except now do so closer to the left margin. You’ll witness the same cool page-turning effects.

That’s what happens by default. If you go into the main iPad Settings and tap iBooks under Apps on the left side of the screen, you have the option to go to the next page instead of the previous page when you tap near the left margin.

The iPad is smart, remembering where you left off. So if you close a book by tapping the Library button in the upper-left corner or by pressing the main Home button, you automatically return to this page when you reopen the book. It isn’t necessary to bookmark the page.

The one proviso: You need an Internet connection when you “close” the book because otherwise the server at Apple doesn’t get the new bookmark info to pass on when you open the book on another device.