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Amazon Finally Adds Real Page Numbers to the Kindle

One of the very few complaints anybody has about Amazon’s Kindle is the lack of real page numbers—and the latest version of their software finally supports them.

Everybody that has a recent Kindle will automatically receive the update soon, but you can manually download and apply if you really want to.

Our customers have told us they want real page numbers that match the page numbers in print books so they can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class. Rather than add page numbers that don’t correspond to print books, which is how page numbers have been added to e-books in the past, we’re adding real page numbers that correspond directly to a book’s print edition.

There’s a few other new features that have been added like Public Notes, and improved layouts for newspapers and magazines, but this is probably the most surprising feature, since people have been complaining about it for a long time.

Kindle Software Update Version 3.1 [Amazon]

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  • Published 02/7/11

Comments (6)

  1. jon_hill987

    But will the update break the screensaver hack that Howtogeek so kindly linked me to?

  2. jon_hill987

    Also worth noting that it isn’t up on the UK site yet, or rather it is but is listed as an early preview.

  3. Martin_M

    @jon_hill987 I installed the update and it did not break the screensaver hack.

    However, the “real” page numbers are, from my perspective, not an upgrade. When a book, I have in print is 171 pages, on Kindle it could be 2000 “pages”. How am I supposed to know the location! So I do not see the benefit. Maybe someone can explain the benefit.

  4. Adam Robinson

    It’s probably worth mentioning that you have to press Menu on a page to view its number. This will also reveal location numbers. The percentage bar remains at the bottom of each page, just sans location numbers. I don’t know if the final version will differ. I hope so.

  5. Mike Gardner

    I have a Kindle with a serial number which begins with B002. Apparently this upgrade will not work with this Kindle. I have downloaded both versions, one for Wi-Fi and the other for 3G. Neither will display page numbers. Maybe my Kindle is too old.

  6. Matthew Guay

    Now they just need to add this to their PC and iOS apps. As a student, not having the real page numbers makes Kindle very frustrating for citations. I had to resort to looking up the real page number on Amazon.com’s book preview to finish an essay last semester. Can’t come soon enough!

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