How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite

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How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite

Recently I received two specific questions about whether you would be able and how to read ebooks in Landscape (horizontal) Mode on a Kindle Paperwhite.

Please note that the software updates starting Firmware Kindle 5.7.3 5.13.2 have brought some major changes and new features. One of these changes goes to how to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite and other Amazon e-readers (see an update down below).

Yes, you will and are able to read ebooks in the Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite. Just do not expect your Kindle Paperwhite to switch from Portrait Mode (vertical) to Landscape Mode (horizontal) automatically by itself.

Your Kindle Paperwhite, or any other Amazon e-readers for that matter, is obviously an e-reader, not a tablet, which is specially made for reading and/or listening to audible books only (the Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite comes with Audible). Hence its lack of capability to automatically switch from Portrait Mode to Landscape Mode and vice versa.


Before I go ahead, let me remind you that I’ll be splitting this tutorial into 2 sections. First off, it is going to be about how to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite and other Amazon e-readers before Firmware Kindle 5.7.3, and secondly, after Firmware Kindle 5.13.2.

 

1.1. How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode BEFORE Firmware Kindle 5.7.3

Switching to the Landscape Mode when you are reading ebooks on your Kindle Paperwhite is very easy and quite straightforward. Just follow the following steps:

1. Tap on the On Device on your Kindle Paperwhite.

2. Open your ebook that you want to read in the Landscape Mode.

3. Tap the upper or bottom area of your Kindle Paperwhite until the Menu appears.

 

How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite

4. On the menu, select the Landscape Mode (see the arrow on the image above).

5. You are now reading your ebook in the Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite (see image below).

 

How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite

6. To switch back to the Portrait Mode, repeat step 3 and step 4: Tap the upper or bottom area of your Kindle Paperwhite until the Menu appears and select the Portrait Mode (see the arrow on the image below).

 

How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite

7. And you are now reading the ebook back in the Portrait Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite.


 

1.2. How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode AFTER Firmware Kindle 5.13.2

Switching to the Landscape Mode and switching back to the Portrait Mode when you are reading ebooks on your Kindle Paperwhite or other Amazon e-readers using Firmware Kindle 5.13.2 as follows:

 

How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite

 

1. Open your ebook that you want to read in the Landscape Mode.

2. Tap on an empty space at the top of your ebook page until the (Aa) menu appears (see image above).

3. Tap on the (Aa) menu, a navigation with Themes, Font, Layout, and More menus will appear (see image below).

 

How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite

 

4. Tap the Layout menu to view Orientation, Margins, Alignment, and Spacing sections (see image above).

5. Below Orientation, tap the Landscape Mode icon to read your ebook in the Landscape mode (see image below).

 

How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite

 

Please note that for this second section of the blog post, I am reading and using The Karla Trilogy Digital Collection Featuring George Smiley: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy, Smiley’s People by John le Carré as illustration. His amazing books are my old-time favorites and are also available in Audible audiobooks, which I highly recommend to read and listen to on your Kindle Paperwhite.

 

How to read ebooks in Landscape Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite

 

6. Repeat steps 1 – 5 and tap on the Portrait Mode icon to switch back to the Portrait Mode (see image above).


 

Before I go, let me also remind you that this switching capability applies to viewing and reading ebooks and documents only. You are not (yet) able to switch mode when you are reading periodicals such as magazines, newspapers, and blogs.

So, that’s it. Now you can read your favorite ebooks in both Landscape and Portrait Mode on your Kindle Paperwhite or other Amazon e-readers with ease. Happy reading and of course, your questions or comments are welcome in the comment section below.

 

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8 Responses

  1. PH
    | Reply

    My Kindle has been stuck in landscape mode and I could not figure out how to fix it. I’ve looked endlessly at different articles and yours was the first that actually fixed it. Thank you so much!

  2. Salah El Mouled
    | Reply

    How can I change the landscape side. I want to hold the Kindle with my right hand not the left one.

    Thanks.

  3. Adina Munteanu
    | Reply

    thanks!

  4. Phil G
    | Reply

    I just got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas 2016, and the menus have many fewer options, and no landscape mode anywhere. My Kindle DX, BTW, switches automatically to landscape mode when you turn it, but that turns out to be pretty irritating–imagine trying to read in landscape mode in bed; it’s impossible.

  5. Nick
    | Reply

    Thanks a lot Lia, I`m new in kindle’s universe and this article is very usefull.

  6. Joans
    | Reply

    You may just need to scroll
    Down to see “portrait mode”. It is there – just not on first page!

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      Thanks!

      On a Kindle Paperwhite, you don’t scroll, you swipe. Besides, Kindle Paperwhite doesn’t work like a iPad, Kindle Fire or any other tablet. So, you’ll have to adjust your Kindle Paperwhite manually.

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