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Initial post: Apr 1, 2014 9:11:32 PM PDT
History Buff says:
Just tell me what page I am on. Really, telling me I have 2 hrs and 3 minutes left in the book on the left hand and that I've read 13% of the book on the right hand is sending me a round the bend! Does not compute, does not compute, does not comp.....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 9:15:40 PM PDT
It's a feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 9:28:40 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
What device do you have? You can change what's displayed. For example, on the Paperwhite, tap on the bottom of the page to cycle between time left in chapter, time left in book, location, or nothing.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 9:31:24 PM PDT
When I'm on my break at work, I like knowing I have three minutes left in a chapter. Otherwise, I don't find it useful at all. I usually just change my display to tell me what page I'm on.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 9:56:36 PM PDT
History Buff says:
Well, it's good to know that some like it, and that it isn't weird on actual Kindles. I must confess I read using a kindle app on an iPad and iPhone. For whatever reason, it does not, ever, tell me how many hours or minutes left in a chapter. Like I said, it will say I have 2 hours and 37 minutes left in a BOOK. At the same time telling me I've read 13% of the book. Both things can't be true of a 256 page book.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 9:59:52 PM PDT
I could take it or leave it, and don't find it useful at all. Perhaps it is useful for those folks who read a book a day.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 10:55:15 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
people sometimes want it set to time left in chapter to know if they have time left to read one more chapter

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 11:24:48 PM PDT
Well, let's see...

You've read 13% of the book. You therefore have 87% to go. The kindle calculates that will take 2 hours and 37 minutes, which is 157 mins. Multiply that by 100/87, and you get just over 180 minutes to read the book. If it's 256 pages, that's 1.4 pages per minute.

Doesn't seem implausible. I'm a fast reader and I read about 2 pages per minute.

Now you know what *my* brain would be doing when I see that info on my screen - so getting a PW will probably slow my reading down :-)

(As I understand it, btw, the TTR feature bases its calculations on the speed of your last few page turns; if you happen to have been focused on your book in a way you may not maintain for the whole book, the calculation can get a bit distorted.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 11:27:42 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
on the paperwhite you can totally turn it off (I've done so)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 12:38:46 AM PDT
Phew! I love reading, and I love sums, but mixing the two can be somewhat distracting to both :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 2:43:14 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 3:01:16 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
actually it doesn't if they're real page numbers

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 3:14:57 AM PDT
A Customer says:
<<And that is why page numbers are pointless. >>

Nope. Page numbers stay the same for 1,2 ... n screens depending on the font. Smaller the font, quicker the page numbers change -larger the font, the slower they change.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 4:59:02 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
No, you are wrong. That is not how page numbers work on Kindles.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 5:00:07 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I like knowing how many minutes I have left in a chapter since the Kindle won't tell me how many pages are left in that chapter. If I'm reading on the bus or at lunch time, it's nice to know "this new chapter is 20 minutes long, I have only 5 minutes left to read. Best not start that chapter."

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 5:01:45 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I'm the same as the others: I like knowing on my lunch break that I have two minutes left until the end of the chapter. My lunch break my last two more minutes.....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 5:19:47 AM PDT
True, if they are actually real page numbers. But what is the point of that? Set it to the smallest font and you are reading page 1 and page 2 at the same time. Set it to the largest font and it takes you 5 page turns to get to page 2. Therefore they aren't actually pages on the device, just a notation of what page they are in a paper book. The only situation where page numbers transcribed over from the printed editions is useful is so you can tell somebody else what page you are on or to reference something for a research paper. Page numbers on a Kindle are like having a notation that the dvds you are watching were broadcast on NBC.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 5:27:41 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
exactly, but people do insist on having them - I don't, thus my decisions on the Paperwhite to turn off any progress indicator

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 5:27:42 AM PDT
Why would the page number help? Unless you want to do the mental math every time. "Let's see. I know this book has 347 pages. I'm on page 112. That means I'm 32% through with the book..."

If only the device could just SHOW me what % I am through the book...

Oh, wait.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 5:30:13 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
even that's not precise as I found it when this book ended at 51%

The Discovery of France

extensive indexes, footnotes, references and pages of links took up the rest of it

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 5:35:08 AM PDT
Good point. And I never know how many pages are in the book I'm reading, anyway. The % read is much more useful to me, but I especially use the minutes-in-chapter, so I know if I can finish before the next whatever I have to go do.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 5:39:57 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I like it when a book with endnotes and such has the percentage based on the main text of the book and not all the afterward stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 5:43:36 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
Me too.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 5:45:37 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
The Kindle app for Andriod allows you to turn off the reading speed. You can view page xx of xxx or nothing at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 5:47:16 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
but I think the percentage calculation is done by the kindle as is also the case for the time left to read figures, so there's no way to control it if that's true
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