Microsoft filed for 'page turning' patent

<p>Microsoft has filed a patent application for the &quot;Virtual Page Turn&quot;, giving the company ownership over the animation of a page-flip on an ebook&#39;s touch-screen, <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/08/microsoft_virtual_page_turn_pate... target="_blank"><em>the Register </em></a>reports.</p><p>The filing, which was made in January 2009, reads: &quot;The virtual page turn curls a lifted portion of the page to progressively reveal a back side of the page while progressively revealing a front side of a subsequent page... A page-flipping gesture quickly flips two or more pages.&quot;</p><p>As the technology blog points out, it is: &quot;essentially the animation you&#39;ve seen if you&#39;ve ever used, say, Apple&#39;s iBooks for the iPad and iPhone, or Kindle on a touchscreen device, Stanza on the iPhone, Aldiko on an Android device, and presumably others&quot;.</p><p>However, it includes the ability to turn multiple pages and change the speed of page flipping, which marks it out as different.</p><p>&quot;There is, of course, a faint possibility that if this patent is granted, that Microsoft could stir up some licensing trouble for Apple, Amazon, and others who have page-turning animations in their apps, but such actions seem unlikely,&quot; the blog said.</p><p>Last week it was revealed that <a href="http://www.thebookseller.com/news/122827-amazon-granted-dual-display-pat... " target="_blank">Amazon had been granted a patent for a dual-screen e-reading device, similar to Barnes &amp; Noble&#39;s nook</a>, among other gadgets. <br /><br /></p>