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Posted on Sep 11, 2012 8:30:51 PM PDT
Marion Moore says:
I like epub, they show you the page # and the # of pages left in the chapter.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 8:48:12 AM PDT
Agreed, this is an Amazon problem...they need to get publishers to add page numbers or their education book sales are going to plummet and they will lose business to the iBook and Nook which do have page numbers (apparently Apple and B

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 1:09:31 PM PDT
Actually I noticed that all of the books I have read previously on my Kindle iPad App, which did show page numbers before, only show locations now. Maybe I wouldn't know better, since I'm not knowledgeable on ebooks and publishers and how they make their ebooks... but I don't think it's necessarily the publisher's "fault". There's no reason why books that did show page numbers before on the app, should not show them now. It is annoying, I must admit. But blaming the publisher makes no sense if the page numbers were there before and not now. It has to be a Kindle app specific issue (it's also happening on my iPhone and my Mac).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2012 1:24:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2012 1:24:49 PM PDT
King Al says:
Not quite true. Many of the old iBook and nookbooks page numbers do not correspond to the printed book, and those page numbers will change if you change the font size.

ETA: B&N added "real" page numbers about the same time Amazon did. Not sure about Apple.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 7:10:58 PM PDT
Absolutely agree - I am frustrated by the inability to cite for academic purposes and Ipad Kindle has just lot a whole lot of business from many students - any chance of updating this feature ?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 7:24:30 PM PDT
King Al says:
The Kindle iPad app DOES support real page numbers. If the book you're reading does not have page numbers, that's because the publisher did not provide that information.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 10:49:33 PM PDT
Sooo can you tell me where I am going wrong I onlyhave location in bottom right corner - no page numbers. It is a well known work with page numbers I maust be not clicking tapping , sqidging fingers correctly. What shoudl, I do to change location % to page numbers ?


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 10:57:10 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
It would help to know what book you are reading, some publishers don't add page number functionality. If page numbers are supported, it will be indicated on the book description page.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 11:01:16 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Jane, check the product page for the Exact Kindle edition you're reading. Under Product Details will be listed the paper edition that is the source for the Kindle version's page numbers -- if any. If no source is shown, there are no page numbers. If there are, they will appear in the iPad app at the bottom of the screen, next to the "percentage read," when you tap the screen. Here's an example of Product Details showing the Page Numbers Source:

Product Details
File Size: 1599 KB
Print Length: 502 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612182364
Publisher: 47North (September 25, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B007S0EF24
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Lending: Enabled

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 11:27:05 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
One very easy way to tell if your book has page numbers is to select the Goto menu icon, the little book next to the Home icon on the top control bar. If the book has page numbers, there will be an option to go to a page. If not, there will only be the go to a location option.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 11:46:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2012 11:47:37 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
I've experience issues with page numbers, when for whatever reason, the .apnx file wasn't effectively delivered to my Kindle. One time, I was able to rename the .apnx file from my Kindle for PC, to the name that would work on an actual Kindle device, and it worked. But not always.

I also have the iOS app installed on my iPhone. and page numbers normally show up. I think what I'm trying to say, is that though page numbers on a Kindle device are really accurate, you can't go to your book club meeting and match with your friends' paper references, it's not 100%. Close, but not perfect.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 11:56:29 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
I think Jane was trying to say that she was having trouble determining if a book had page numbers available. Looking at the Goto menu is the easy way to tell on the iPad app, without squinting at the tiny numbers displayed at the bottom.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 12:02:02 AM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
You're correct, Dorsie, sorry and thanks, I didn't do enough digging back.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2012 12:31:13 AM PDT
King Al says:
If you click on the location and it doesn't turn into a page number, then either the book does not have page numbers or your version of the Kindle app is out of date.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2012 2:00:00 AM PDT
Thanks for your help, book is the imperial presidency by Arthur Schlesinger other books on kindle have page numbers. This one only has locations so It might be the book ( but why) or I need to update my app - will do cheers

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2012 2:46:02 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
That one does not have page numbers added at this time.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 4:45:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2012 4:55:26 AM PDT
Paxton says:
People should note that the Kindle text is one long string of characters - it is like reading a scroll. As you go though a scroll, there are naturally no page numbers (are you holding the ends of the scroll 6 inches apart, or a foot apart? How big is a page?). So what Amazon did for many books is that, if there is an equivalent print version (usually the hard-cover edition), it will create a small file listing what the page number is matching each Kindle version location. So it can display page numbers that match a paper version, and Kindle readers and readers of THAT edition paper copy can refer to a page number and get to the same place. (It's thought by some that a "location" is equivalent to about 128 characters, where an image is considered 1 character).

It should also be realized that some ereaders just "make up" a page number. Then when you change font size, the page numbers also change - this is ok for those who just like page numbers, but it is useless for referring to a particular spot in a book, because the numbers don't match anything else.

Providing page numbers for a medium like Kindle is not as easy as it sounds. And when numbers ARE provided, they will only match one edition of the book, not any other version (the paperback or large-print version will naturally have different numbers).

And there are official sites which list how to reference locations in footnotes, etc. For example:

"Citation of e-Book Sources: There are a number of electronic book sources now available for general use and some materials only exist in that format. When citing an electronic book of e-Book the reference must contain the actual type or model of e-Book being used (Amazon Kindle, Microsoft, Sony, etc.) and the location number of the quote (since actual page numbers are not created) . For example:

1 D. Brent Laytham, ed., God Does Not...: Entertain, Play Matchmaker, Hurry, Demand Blood, Cure Every Illness (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2008), Kindle e- book, locations 552-53."

Some professors argue that they don't want to have to buy a Kindle to check a citation made in some paper. But the same argument could be made for print editions. I wouldn't want to have to buy the UK edition of a referenced book, if all I had was the American version. There will never be a time when everyone is happy! But I think Amazon has worked hard to satisfy the most people it can.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 5:25:38 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Also another way to get page numbers on your books if they are not from Amazon is to import them into Calibre and then transfer them to your Kindle this way. Of course they do not match a printed books page numbers but they are based on so much text. So even if you change the font size the page numbers stay the same.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 6:58:54 PM PDT
I was disappointed today, because I was reading a book with kindle app on my ipad and others in my study group had the hardcover. They had pages. I didn't. I couldn't sync up with others in my group during our discussion. I couldn't tell them to turn to a certain page. I couldn't go to their page. Really disappointed.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 7:19:21 PM PDT
King Al says:
You could have had them tell you the first sentence of the page they were on, then you could have searched for that sentence.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2012 1:03:21 PM PDT
dingdong says:
I downloaded the same book from Barnes and Noble on our Nook and on our IPad2. The pages of this book are numbered on the Nook, but not on the IPad2 (and they are not just hidden, they are not there).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 5:20:29 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
Which book?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 5:39:59 AM PDT
dingdong says:
I'm not sure why that's relevant, but the book is The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman. It is an eBook from Scribner and Simon&Schuster which was bought and downloaded from Barnes and Noble on-line.. To repeat, the same eBook, downloaded from the same source on my Nook Simple Touch, at the same time, has the page numbers and the total number of pages displayed on each page.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 6:09:40 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
But do those page numbers correspond to an actual print book? I can add page numbers to non DRM protected books using Calibre but they don't match an actual print version. It just goes by so many lines of text. Still not helpful in a reading group situation.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:52:04 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
It's relevant because I searched the product page to see if a corresponding ISBN was listed--which is was. Therefore, the kindle app for iPad SHOULD display REAL page numbers (that is, page numbers that correspond with an actual physical edition). Not sure why it isn't, though. All of my books that actually have page numbers appear as such on my kindle for ipad app.
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