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Killer Little Features: Vertical Scrolling in iBooks


We often focus on big, exciting features that set an app apart or make it great. Incredible graphics, slick interactive elements, hyper realistic gameplay, and so on.

But there are also a number of little, unsung features that turn out to be killer features. Seemingly minor bits of functionality that end up making a huge difference to how good or bad the experience with an app is.

Vertical Scrolling in the iBooks app is a perfect example of one of these killer little features. Right from the first time I used it, I was already becoming hooked on it. Now that I’ve used it for several months I feel I almost can’t do without it. I miss it tremendously when I read a book in the Kindle app on my iPad or on my Nexus 7.

Fancy page-turn animations may have been an impressive feature when we first saw them, but they only ever had sort of novelty value. The fact is we don’t need to turn a physical page when reading a 600 page book on the iPad. And it is faster, easier, and far more comfortable to just scroll vertically on the iPad – regardless of whether you enjoy reading in portrait or landscape mode.

This feature alone has dictated how I purchase eBooks the last few months. I do the vast majority of my reading these days on the iPad mini, and now I also buy nearly all my books from the iBookstore.

What do you all think? Do you do much reading on your iPads? If so, what do you think of vertical scrolling and which eBook reader app do you use the most?

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