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Initial post: Feb 19, 2012 9:30:42 AM PST
Erin Benoit says:
I notice that some e-books (especially Kindle Shorts) do not display page numbers, just the "location" and % completion. Is there a way to show page numbers?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2012 9:35:40 AM PST
If they aren't displaying page numbers, that means that they don't have them. Page numbers are drawn from print editions, so if the short story has never been printed it won't have them.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2012 9:38:49 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Exactly, so in this case you would use the location number in place of the page number.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2012 9:57:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2012 12:32:06 PM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Erin, page numbers for Amazon e-books are taken from some paper edition. So, if a book has no paper edition, it doesn't have page numbers.

Not all e-book with paper equivalent have page numbers, though. Those that do, show the fact on their product page. See, for example, Iain Banks' "The Bridge" (highly recommended, BTW): right above the box with various available formats it says "Length: 404 pages"; the little down-arrow opens a pop-up with the ISBN of the DTB edition from which the page numbers were taken.

Edit: If it says "Length: nnn pages (estimated)" and there is no source ISBN, then, I guess, there are no page numbers.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 5:46:57 AM PDT
Deanna Korte says:
Please make this happen for all e-books. 95% of the Kindle books I buy are those that come in hard copy; why can't the page numbers translate too? Extremely hard to have any idea where you're at using a location since you know is a page is a page, but not how many words/characters, etc., are in a "location."

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 7:41:08 AM PDT
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The Blade says:
>>>>"Extremely hard to have any idea where you're at using a location"<<<<

Well, I find it easier to use locations than pages, but....

Amazon has nothing to do with the inclusion of page numbers. That is a function of the publisher. If you come across a book without page number, contact the publisher and complain. We can't do anything for you here and neither can Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 8:07:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2012 8:38:22 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Deanna, I suggest that you note how many locations do you read per hour - after all, what you are actually interested in is *how long* till the end of the book (or chapter or story), not how many pages, right?

BTW, Calibre has a plugin, and there are some stand-alone programs, that generate "page mapping" files as used by Kindle based on average number of characters per paper page. So, as long as you need them just as a familiar measure of content length, you can generate them yourself.

Edit:
Calibre plugin: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126220

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 8:20:02 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 8:29:08 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 2, 2012 12:12:50 PM PDT
Liz says:
i've yet to see the 1st page number on any book using the Kindle app in the newest version.. 3.01.0 Really annoying... I wanted to get all the book I have in kindle form, but not worth it because cannot reference a page to anyone else.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 12:45:51 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 1:20:43 PM PDT
King Al says:
The book description will indicate whether the book has page numbers. Next to "Length", there is a little arrow. If you hover above that arrow a book with page numbers will say something like "Contains real page numbers based on the print edition (ISBN 0307273598)."

Posted on May 21, 2012 1:23:33 AM PDT
Well I was going to change over to reading books for school on the Kindle. The page number issue has made that an impossibility. I can't use it for citations and I can't jump to assigned pages. This issue is going to force many people, myself included, to switch to different mediums for educational use. iBooks or nook allow page numbers.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 2:07:10 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 4:15:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012 4:17:25 AM PDT
A Customer says:
<<That is a function of the publisher.>>

Really? So how come the same e-book in Kindle has only location but has page #s when read in Nook/SONY? In fact, all e-books in Nook/SONY have page #s. I submit to you that this "over-designed" feature is Amazon's doing and has nothing to do with publishers.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 4:34:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012 4:35:50 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
But do the page numbers correspond to the same page numbers on a print version of the book? If you change the font size does that also change the page count? If so, those page numbers are useless.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 4:01:36 PM PDT
Mary McManus says:
Actually, the Nook page numbers often stay the same for several screen changes, the amount depending on the size of the font. The only book I ever checked against a Nook's page number was accurate; it was the hard cover. I suspect the reason the Nook has this is because of the e-pub format. However, it does not matter to me when reading on the Kindle if page numbers are not available, but I do consider it a nice feature on the Nook that they are visible at all times, and you don't have to press something to see them.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 4:24:29 PM PDT
King Al says:
I can't speak about the Sony, but the Nook did not get "real" page numbers (that correspond to the paper book) until 2010. Nook books that don't have real page numbers have artificially generated page numbers that do not correspond with the paper book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 5:17:36 PM PDT
Ok fine, how bout the fact that I am trying to read a book for educational purposes and that book is available in both hard copy and in Kindle. The assignment is given in page numbers, the Kindle app has 12,000 locations. All iBooks publications have page numbers you can associate with. So yes, when the instructor says, read pages 70-144 I would like to do just that, not have to figure out where that is somewhere in 12,000 locations. But hey, you rock on with your pathetic hatred toward Apple products, you are so cool.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 5:43:14 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 31, 2012 2:24:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 31, 2012 2:25:03 AM PDT
Not buying any more books until this is resolved, bought a recipe book that for example says (see recipe on page 60). No good if you haven't the page numbers :-/ useless app, sort it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2012 2:28:10 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 9, 2012 9:30:49 PM PDT
I've just encountered this issue as well. I purchased a trilogy set and was glad to see that the first book had page numbers. Now I discover that the second book only seems to have the location. Wtf? Single purchase of entire set and there's no consistency within the publication. This is the first time I've read an e-book and I'm not impressed with your quality control. I'll probably be switching to ibooks from now on

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2012 10:01:28 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2012 10:11:32 PM PDT
King Al says:
Amazon is basically a bookstore and is not responsible for quality control -- that is the publisher's job.
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