Apple awarded patent for digital page turning

By Chris Meadows
November 18, 2012 // 5 Comments

Here I go, turn the page. On the NY Times Bits blog, Nick Bilton gleefully reports that the patent office has seen fit to award Apple a design patent on, of all things, the digital page turn used in iBooks. Bilton uses this as proof of the ridiculousness of the current patent system, as well as a [...]

Page-turning animation is popular for e-readers

By Chris Meadows
May 13, 2012 // 6 Comments

You wouldn’t think that you would find page-flipping on tablets. But many e-reading apps have it. iBooks has a page-turn animation, which it actually lifted (along with its wooden bookshelf display) from the iPhone e-reader “Classics”. Instapaper recently added page-flipping as an option [...]

Microsoft patents virtual page-turning

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2010 // 2 Comments

Here’s a weird bit of news. In a patent application filed in January, 2009, Microsoft laid claim to the idea of virtual page-turning, the way iBooks does it—creating a visual facsimile of a turning page, complete with transparency to see through to the words on the back of the page as you turn [...]

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