I was reading a book in iBooks and clicked on a link in the text which took me to the index at the end of the book. Is there any way I can get back to where I was reading before I tapped on the link (without manually flipping through the pages/table of contents)? There's no obvious back button that I can see.

I'm using iBooks 1.5, which I believe is currently the latest version.

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If you touch the middle of the screen to show the buttons and controls, there should be a text link at the bottom left saying "Back to p. ###". It is beneath the dots and the slider to scroll quickly through the book. Touch it and you'll be back where you came from.

  • Thanks Lizzan, my wife's an avid iBook reader and didn't know this and she's glad to know if now.
    – Richard
    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:13
  • It is fairly hard to discover, took me a while too. Glad I could help!
    – Lizzan
    Dec 21, 2011 at 14:06
  • Does this work in the most recent versions of iOS too? I can't see the link to go back. Oct 21, 2014 at 3:31
  • @AlessandroCosentino It does show up for me at least.
    – Lizzan
    Oct 21, 2014 at 3:34
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    @Lizzan I can see it on a epub, but not on a pdf Oct 21, 2014 at 3:37

Or you can use the short keys shows below:

go back: command + [

go forward: command + ]

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