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Initial post: 25 Sep 2011 11:33:02 BDT
Hi is there anyone who knows how I can change the bottom of my Kindle showing me in percentage where I am in a book. To showing me the page number of the book that I'm reading.

Posted on 25 Sep 2011 12:05:26 BDT
Ivan says:
I think that some books show only the percentage and there is no option on the kindle to display page number.

I wish there was an option to show how many pages were left in a chapter.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2011 12:13:23 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2011 12:37:18 BDT
Thank you for that at least it goes partly that way.

Posted on 25 Sep 2011 16:13:53 BDT
M. Dowden says:
A. Carter, Essercizi is correct, but I would like to add that not all the books available have page numbers in their formatting, so for those you will only get the percentage. I have also been told that the page numbers aren't always accurate, but I haven't really looked into that so can't comment one way or another, but it is worth thinking about.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2011 19:41:06 BDT
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Posted on 25 Sep 2011 22:31:18 BDT
Willber G says:
I have worked out that, with my normal text and spacing configuration, 20 locations = approx 1 printed page, so it is quite an easy conversion to estimate what page I am on.

Posted on 25 Sep 2011 23:17:47 BDT
The page numbers are pretty meaningless though. I compared a kindle book with an old paperback (same books) and page 274 on the kindle was page 363 in the paperback! Obviously the page numbers in the kindle version are from a different version from my paperback, but that just goes to illustrate you can't tell how much book you are getting from the number of pages.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 00:13:52 BDT
Willber G says:
Fair point, but I calibrated mine against a couple of paper editions.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 08:58:14 BDT
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Posted on 26 Sep 2011 09:17:36 BDT
mookie says:
does it not also depend on your spacing of words ect and how big your wording is thats sure to make all pages different to a book . just a thought

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 09:38:44 BDT
Colin says:
Surprisingly enough no it doesn't change no matter what size font you use.
Try it yourself, you'll still be on the same page with the same number of total pages. If you go forward one 'page' with a large font you'll still be on the same page number. The Kindle just spreads the same page number over a number of page turns.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 12:49:41 BDT
Which is my point really. You can't pick up a fat book and a skinny book and assume the fat book has a longer story. You can look at a kindle book and see that it has 3000 locations and is therefore smaller than another kindle book with 6000 locations. So the number of pages is irrelevant. Not that size matters ...

Posted on 26 Sep 2011 13:49:06 BDT
Maria says:
Unless it has a lot of illustrations or is a large print book I would always presume that a fat book had a longer story than a skinny book. Otherwise why would it be fatter?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 14:05:17 BDT
DaveyH says:
Large(r) type?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 14:10:29 BDT
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DC says:
..and thick paper

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 15:05:31 BDT
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Posted on 26 Sep 2011 15:19:33 BDT
Andreas says:
Surely page numbers are an irrelevant relic of a time before Kindles? Unless you start using Kindle page turns to define a page, that might work otherwise a page number system taken from the paper book would be comically useless without the physical paper book to guage the true meaning of page 10 of 3000 etc..

Showing a percentage is by the far the simplest and best method of showing how far through a book one is.

Posted on 26 Sep 2011 15:29:24 BDT
If the ebook is to display page numbers which equate to the paper version of the book, then as has been said before on this thread, it would have to be to a specific issue of the paper book, hard backs generally being a larger format than paperback and many different formats of some books (Lord of the Rings would be a good example, with releases as 1 book, 3 books etc.) And what if there has never been a paper version of the book?

Creating page numbers for an ebook is practically impossible, as the pages effectively get created only as you go through them on the reader. So the device has no idea how many pages there are for the book on the current device and at the current font size until you reach the end of the book. Rendering the whole book when you open it is impractical on both time and battery consumption grounds - I don't want to have to go and have lunch when I open the book while it works out how many pages there are. These devices don't have processors like those in a tablet or PC.

So whilst I understand why people may want to see the number of pages, I think we have to start getting used to working on locations.

Posted on 26 Sep 2011 15:32:01 BDT
DC says:
For personal use page numbers are only really useful to remember where you are and work out how much farther you have to go. In this case percentages are fine and I actually prefer it that way.

Where the Kindle is less useful, is in communal reading scenarios (reading clubs or classes, in mixed mode) and most definitely problematic for research purposes where you have to cite references. In the latter example you could use locations which would be accurate but I don't know how academia/journals would react to and Kindle reference?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 16:26:10 BDT
DaveyH says:
"And what if there has never been a paper version of the book?"

Then the ebook doesn't get page numbers. I've had that confirmed (or as confirmed as it can be since talking to different people sometimes gets you wildly different answers).

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 18:35:27 BDT
My question was kind of rhetorical. I was trying to point out the problems of defining page numbers in ebooks.

When we consider that ebooks, well epub and mobi anyway, are based on html, it's a bit like asking how many screens does this web page take up. Depnds on the browser and its settings as much as the design of the page. In ebook terms, number of e-pages depends on e-reader and its display settings.

Posted on 5 May 2012 15:32:43 BDT
When I'm reading my kindle, I turn the page and there is an abrupt ending to a sentence (not even a full stop). So I realised that something was wrong so I made the font smaller so I could see what text I was missing. Every time I do this, I am missing about half a page. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else? please reply soon! Is there something wrong with my kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2012 15:37:01 BDT
Damaskcat says:
When you change the font while you're reading there will be a change in what's on that page - you may need to turn the page back to see what you were originally reading. Normally when you turn a page you won't miss any of the text - or at least I haven't found I do.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2012 15:49:53 BDT
Willber G says:
Does this happen in all your books?
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