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"Loc" strange number...help?


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Initial post: May 15, 2012 5:46:56 AM PDT
I understand the Loc to be the actual location in the real book.
I am on the first chapter of a 350 pg real book, and the "Loc" says 257. It is confusing me. It says I am 3% of the book which is accurate, but what's with the Loc. Is there a way to remove it?

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:51:44 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
Location has no relation to page numbers as that can vary according to the size of your font. If while you're in a book, you do a Menu Go To, you'll usually see a range (I'm looking at the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and I see 2-27625 for locations, and because this book was formatted to have real page numbers that correspond to some paper copy, I see 1-1069 for pages)

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:53:16 AM PDT
No way to remove it. Just like page numbers in a book, there's no way to remove them. Depending upon the Kindle, you may be able to hide them but I just ignore it.

Location is just like a page number. If you need to know where you are, you mark the location number down (as in footnotes). Because various people use my account, I have syncing turned off so if I want to switch to a different book, I make a note of the location that I stopped reading at so I can return there. If you add notes/highlights to your book, they use the location as a reference point.

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:55:34 AM PDT
So it's the actual Kindle page number rather than the book. It's annoying, I hate looking at it!!

Also, is there a way to change the layout of the main menu, instead of looking at the books listed, changing it to see the book covers instead?

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 5:58:02 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
only the fire displays book covers on the kindle screen

think of that percentage and location as the equivalent ot the page number and title and in some cases chapter name displayed in paper books - eventually you won't notice it

Posted on May 15, 2012 6:01:46 AM PDT
ok, here is another question...

Is there a way of making a "private' folder? For personal books etc, that maybe I don't want my friends to see if they are looking at my kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 6:06:28 AM PDT
Jamie, all Kindles are kind of basic. There are few options that allow you to modify things - depending upon the Kindle. As CBRetriever said, covers only display on the Fire because it is the only colour display.

You can always install the K4PC (for K4Mac), app on your computer and then you can adjust it to see the covers (default) or just a list.

You can always install Calibre which works with your Kindle (or Kindle app) to add tags (genres), descriptions, cover pages, etc. Personnally, because of the number of books in my library, I use Calibre just because I can look at the above and decide on my next book a lot faster than any Kindle.

You have to decide how to work around the limitations of the Kindle to make the reading experience work for you. I'm just trying to point you in a couple of directions that may help.

Posted on May 15, 2012 6:06:37 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
Jamie, the kindles otehr than the Kindle Fire allow you to make collections. I'm not sure whether you have a Basic Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard or a DX, so it's kinda hard to tell you how to do it, but basically, on your home page, there should be an options under the menu to create collections.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 6:07:28 AM PDT
No. Kindles don't have folders. Some Kindles have collections but since I don't know which Kindle you have, I have no idea if you have collections.

Posted on May 15, 2012 6:09:36 AM PDT
It's the kindle touch.

Thank you vjvl51. I will try installing those programs you suggested to see if I can tweek it a bit.

This forum is helpful, I appreciate everyone's comments.

Posted on May 15, 2012 6:12:48 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
Kindle Touch:Home page - Menu - Create New Collection - then either open the collection and hit menu again and select add/remove items or just go down your home page doing a long touch on a book and select send it to a collection or collections

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 6:40:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 6:40:26 AM PDT
Give them a try, Jamie but remember, this will do little to change your Kindle. You will be working with 2 programs - one will the details that you want and the second one (the Kindle) to read.

FWIW - I used to use the K4PC to organize my books and make collections. These collections can be uploaded to the Amazon servers and then downloaded to your Touch (with limitations that I'll explain later). I keep the collections simple - Have read, To read & Reading. I also have a couple of other collections but not a lot. I don't think these titles need much explaining. I normally have a number of books that I'm reading depending upon my mood and have lined up a number of books to read as well. Now - the important part - BEFORE you import the collections on your Touch, you must have the books that are in the collections downloaded to your Kindle or your collections will be blank. So download your books to your Kindle and then import the collections.

A couple of things to remember with your Touch - keep the number of books downloaded to the Touch to less than 100 or the Touch will start slowing down and having issues. Only download about 10 - 15 books at a time and then give it a few hours to index them or your Touch will lock up. When your archives gets to around 5,000 to 10,000 (depending upon who you talk to), then start a new account with Amazon or delete some books. It's a known issue with the Kindles.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2014 4:22:39 AM PST
Chandler N. says:
on my kindle, i can hold my finger on the loc and it will cycle through loc, page number, time left in chapter, time left in book, and blank. hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2014 6:16:48 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
but you couldn't do that back in May 2012 when this thread and the responses were posted
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