Apple’s recent release of iBooks 2 has truly revolutionized the textbook industry, but the multi-touch experience in iBooks could use some major improvements. As it stands, Apple’s official eBook app is limited to one basic swiping motion between pages. The KAIST Institute of Information Technology Convergence’s new patented multi-touch interface for eBooks, on the other hand, is quite the contrary.

The prototype has several new multi-touch gestures that allow for you to flip through pages, bookmark with your fingers, turn through multiple pages at once, write page numbers, and more. You have to watch the video demonstration for yourself…

The downside to the prototype is that its use of private APIs means that it would not be approved on the App Store should it ever be released. If the institution is able to work around this dilemma, however, it would be a very promising concept that would be a considerable improvements to iBooks as it stands, don’t you think?


  • jose castro


  • Kok Hean

    Apple is going to buy this and implement it in iBooks 3.0 😀

  • Fail. Flicking pages is a lot more tedious and disorienting than scrolling. Imagine if websites were built like this. I’d rather an entire chapter being able to scroll all the way down. Pages like this are a thing of the past.

    • The video shows 5 ways to do just one thing, going through pages quickly. Apple would never allow 5 gestures for one action.
      Apple always goes with what is the most intuitive. So I do think the bevel moding was really nice and being able to hold onto a page while browsing the next ones is pretty awesome actually.

  • That is pretty sick!

  • Looks really easy to use, and better than the current method, but Eric C. has a good point. No matter how you navigate, it’s easy to get lost in a 600 page text book. Better to have a website model there are only a few pages with a whole chapter on each page that you can just scroll down to view.

  • airbreak

    Some of them are good, but the long press would annoy people by skipping 4 pages.

  • Don

    its pretty neat, combining the old and the new, but if apple were to add it they should still keep the
    current way of navigation and just put this in as an extra.
    Or the developers should just make it a cydia tweak and see how it rolls out…

  • Dan

    anyone know if iBook2.0 work on jailbroken iPad 2? I’ve been scared to update.

  • “The downside to the prototype is that its use of private APIs means that it would not be approved on the App Store should it ever be released”. Really ? -why bother telling us then.

    Another totally worthless story on this ever increasingly worthless blog. Nothing but a timewaster.

    • A lot of concepts actually find their way into a future release of iOS, so you never know. iOS hacker Peter Hajas’ MobileNotififer tweak on Cydia is very similar to Apple’s official Notification Center. Hajas actually works for Apple now, so go figure. Apple also hired Jan Michael-Cart, a concept designer that had brilliant ideas in mind for the iPhone… don’t be too surprised to see some of this ideas built into iOS 6 and such.