Craig Mod, on how the iOS Kindle interaction model has leaked out to Amazon’s hardware readers as well:
What is the iOS Kindle interaction model? The iOS Kindle model is
the “hidden spaces” model. That is, all active interface elements
are invisible. This “hidden spaces” model of interaction is
supremely user antagonistic.
There are no affordances to the taps. No edges to the active
areas. Nothing to hint at what might happen. This creates what I
call a “brittle” interface — where one wrong tap sends you
careening in an unknown direction, without knowing why or how you
I’ve had several Kindles over the years, and never liked one enough to really enjoy it. I agree completely with Mod’s suggestion that they add hardware buttons for page turning and the menu.