You can read beautifully illustrated novels in the New York Public Library's Instagram account

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These are quite pretty and the library has rightfully gotten a lot of praise for the design and creativity.

But instagram is not an ereader and I guarantee no one has read more than than 5 pages of any of the works that they did. You can’t adjust the page turn speed - so if you swipe forward, you go to the next novel. If you forget to hold your thumb down to prevent autoturn, you can’t go backwards a page. you can’t jump to a given page and you can’t adjust the font or zoom.

The IG story interface does allow you to page back one screen at a time - do it all the time. Just tap left hand side, not swipe.

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