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Initial post: Nov 20, 2011 9:57:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2011 9:21:08 PM PST
Stephen says:
My wife is using my new Kindle Fire as her first try with a Kindle reader. What is driving her crazy is the lack of page numbers displayed at the bottom of every page. Is there any way to get any consistently displayed page reference? Do other Kindle readers offer this? Thank you.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 10:03:55 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
The Fire does no have page numbers, collections or text to speech. It uses the Kindle for Android app which does not have all the features that the Eink Kindles have.

If you want page numbers then you will need to get a Kindle Keyboard or Kindle Touch.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 10:05:51 PM PST
Stephen says:
Thank you James. Sounds like a Christmas present idea.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 10:19:06 PM PST
Kujako says:
Something to keep in mind is that a "page" is defined by the font you choose to display the text in. So a page number would be variable depending on what font size you use. Thus the Android Kindle clients use a percentage rather then a page number to track progress through a book.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 10:41:31 PM PST
Stephen says:
Thanks Kujacko, (That's a funny name)
I copy that. The problem my wife is having is that she has accidentally zipped through the book and landed 100's of real book pages ahead of where she was. (She is a button smasher) She understands that E-books page numbering is relative to the font and display size. She just wants a reference point that she can go back too. A constant reference number at the bottom of each E page would be helpful to her.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 8:28:09 AM PST
Kujako says:
It should track the last place a book mark was placed by tapping in the upper right corner.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 8:33:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2011 8:34:37 AM PST
Even on the Kindle Keyboard and Kindle Touch --back black-and-white devices specifically designed for reading with easier on the eyes e-ink-- only a FEW books have actual page numbers. It is up to the publisher to format these in, and it doesn't happen that often. After a while, you do get used to not having them.

Kujako's suggestion of using bookmarks is a good one.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:57:19 PM PST
I hope page numbers will be added in the next bug fix.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 9:46:17 PM PST
Stephen says:
Thank you Wild,

We're trying that now. I just ordered a wifi Kindle without the ads. The ads wouldn't bother me but it would bug my wife. Happy wife, happy life.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 1:23:10 PM PST
J. StJohn says:
Does anyone know what it is tracking? Mine doesnt seem to be using pages or percentages. My books are numbered into the 3000's and each screen could be 40-55ish higher than the next one. I thought it was lines but that isnt right

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 1:40:58 PM PST
C. S. Jones says:
Those are locations. Think of them as accurate increments in a digital file (128 bytes).
These have the advantage of being able to take you to a specific location in the file while an ebook that has a page index will take you to the first location on that page but since a print page might be as many a 10 display pages you would still have to page forward to get to what you were looking for.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 1:43:59 PM PST
J. StJohn says:
Thanks! I guess we just have to rely on chapters and the scroll bar for progress.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 3:25:14 AM PST
David Rogers says:
I'm afraid Kujako is not correct here. On some Kindles (and the Kindle iOS app) with some books, you can see which page of the print version of the book the text you're reading corresponds to, as well as the Kindle location number. Having the actual page number is useful when quoting from the book.

What's weird about this is that when clicking on a page number from a book's Index section (at least in "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson), it does take you to the beginning of that page, even in the Android version. At least with that book, the app seems to "know" the location number of the beginning of a page when it's listed in the index.

I'm guessing at some point Amazon will (finally!) update the Android app so that page numbers are displayed - I'm a little surprised they didn't before the Kindle Fire came out, and that it doesn't run a more advanced version of the Kindle reader than for other Android devices.

I did finally play around with a Kindle Fire at a Best Buy today - and for a $200 tablet, it's quite good!

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 9:31:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2011 9:34:55 AM PST
Page numbers are important and they do correspond to the book in the eInk or iPad version. For students it is important when assigned to go to the exact page during class. Why would amazon not be consistent with their apps across devices. As a developer I can tell you that is rule #1. Look at Apple..consistent interface, consistent apps across devices,....While I have a fire I'm not using it for school or work..iPad is the ticket for now.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 11:27:35 AM PST
My e-ink Kindle doesn't display page numbers, just locations. You would only get "page numbers" if they were embedded into the text and that would be annoying while you were reading on a Kindle.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 1:49:31 PM PST
I am a new Kindle Fire owner and can't get back to the beginning of a previously read book. How do I do this? All I have is a copy of the last page. I am old and remember when things came with operating instructions.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 3:04:48 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
There should be some way to go to Cover or beginning of book.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 3:05:29 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
That's now how the K3 works for having page numbers. They are not embedded in the text and they only show up when you press the Menu key.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 9:11:10 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 9:13:52 PM PST
C. Scilley says:
She can make bookmarks so that she can find her way back to where she wants.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 9:16:13 PM PST
C. Scilley says:
To go to the cover, you touch the menu icon at the bottom of the screen and then touch cover.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 9:45:37 PM PST
Mark says:
Most kindle books(pretty much all of mine) do have page numbers...... if you press the menu key (kindle with keyboard) while reading a book then the page number will be at the bottom of the page. Press the menu button again and it disappears.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 8:34:48 AM PST
Without page numbers my Kindle Fire is worthless. How in the world am I going to cite a reference w/o a page number? If I quote, paraphrase, or get information from a source, I have to cite it! How can I cite w/o a page number?!?!!!!! I'm not going to buy another Kindle book until they include page numbers. I know that many in the academic community are frustrated. I guess we'll have to go back to print books or the Nook, which does include page numbers.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 6:27:15 AM PST
sade says:
I received the kindle fire as a gift and I think it is great and I have read a couple of books thus far. The problem that I am having is I check the number of pages the book has and when I begin reading, the book seems to have less pages. For example it jumps from page 100 to 123. Can anyone tell me if I am actually reading the entire book?

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 12:13:57 AM PST
David P says:
Same here, I seem to be getting bizarre page jumps on my Fuego. Any ideas?
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