I have been reading a Kindle book (Code Complete 2 on the Kindle Paperwhite 7) and sometimes the following happens:

When I turn the page, some of the content from the last page is repeated on the next page. It is as if I turned half a page. Then if I turn back one page, the end of the page is not in the same place in the book as it was before.

This seems strange to me. I am taking many notes when reading books and don't want to risk that the notes will become scrambled or corrupt in some other way. I want to trust my Kindle.

Therefor, I feel the need to know: why are page breaks not always in the same place in the book? Is this a bug? Can I stop it from happening?

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    I have the Kindle K3. I thought when you hit "next page" the Kindle was displaying one line of the previous page on purpose. But I see the same problems as you. It's just a bug.
    – Bulrush
    Apr 18, 2016 at 13:44

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I have experienced these kinds of problems several times on both e-ink devices and kindle apps on mobile devices. It has to do with the device's screen rendering and is probably separate from note-taking.

This is a normal kind of "confusion" for reading kindle devices. I usually encounter these kinds of scrambled pages issue when first reading an ebook. But as I go through the book, the kind of scrambling usually disappears.

It may have to do with memory limits or just that kindle is slow in rendering things properly. Sometimes complex formatting or unsupported CSS can cause this problem. But as I said, this thing usually disappears after you page back and forth once or twice.

The epub standard specifically allows reflowable ebooks -- so it is not guaranteed that the end of the page will be the same. If you change font size for example, the position of the page end will have to change. This is normal.

By the way, as an ebook publisher I can hard-code page breaks in the style sheets so that they are consistently on the same page. Also, fixed format ebooks will keep the same pagination (but there are disadvantages to doing this). Unless this happens for only one book or on several devices for the same book, I would not be worried about this.

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