On most kindle books I buy there is an option to navigate in a much easier way than others. There is a button that allows me to see pages as small rectangles, while on other books there is only a slider and even page turn is different and slower. Some new and expensive books lack this small pages view feature so it’s not about being old or cheap. See attachments.
How can I tell in advance, without downloading a sample, if this feature is missing?
And out of curiosity, why is it that some books don’t have it?
When you tap the middle of the screen, it brings it back to the images you showed. As Meya said, it's not intended to be read that way. Tap it again, and it will zoom back in to a single page. Tap right side of the page for next "page" and left for previous "page". Note -- a page on your device probably doesn't correspond to a page in a printed book.
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According to its description Page Flip is supposed to be available for the book on the right. It appears from your screen shot that you are reading the free sample instead of the purchased book. I tried the free sample of the book in question and I see the same thing as you do in my Kindle app. I have occasionally seen other free samples that are missing the Page Flip and Enhanced Typesetting features. The actual purchased book should have them.
I would say that you can read all sorts of fiction and some light non-fiction which does not require illustrations or graphs for you to appreciate and understand.
In case your Kindle is black and white, it is not suitable for reading graphic novels illustrated in color. Apart from that, it is also not very ideal for reading a subject matter which requires whatever I have stated above, being graphs and illustrations.