I’m on a commute shuttle right now reading a book and this lock icon keeps popping up. What’s it communicating exactly?

screen shot of the lock

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This icon allows you to lock or unlock the screen automatic rotation. The state shown on the screenshot is with the autorotation locked i.e. the screen will not rotate when you tilt the phone.

To unlock or lock the autorotation just tap the icon. It will show up when you tap the lower right corner of the screen.

See for example: How to enable or disable Kindle-app screen rotation


Is it possible some books autorotation lock stays on, although you are opening it, it stays on locked... it seems this is the case with my last purchase picture book.

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