Gitbook users with writer or admin privileges should be able to toggle between reading and viewing on any given page. If a true toggle/switch is prohibitively complex to implement, this would work:
  • A link to edit on every page in the reader view (
  • A link to read on every page in the editor view
  • Clicking the link opens a new tab so the reader/editor* can have both views open
*On our team, most of us are both readers and editors…. That’s why we’re using a wiki and not a CMS. ;)
This is broader than but overlaps with several existing feature requests:
  • “Reader view toggle”
  • “Preview option for private space”
  • “Edit this page link”