Real Page Numbers

Status: New Idea

NOOK should add real page numbers that correspond to the print editions so that the customers can easily reference, cite passages, and share with friends.


NOTE: The Amazon Kindle DOES HAVE this feature.

by ‎08-10-2013 01:56 PM - edited ‎08-10-2013 01:57 PM

Note: The Amazon Kindle only has this feature for specific books, just as NOOK does (PagePerfect NOOK Books). For most other books a Kindle doesn't even give a page number at all, rather a "progress bar" with arbitrary numbers.


Should we also force all printed books to use the same page numbers for the different formats as well? Hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and mass market paperbacks all have different paginations, but that's never caused an issue. You just have to specify what type of book you're talking about when you cite it. Heck, even different editions of the same format of the same book can have different page numbers. I have a first edition Silmarillion that is fifty pages off from my newer edition printing, even though they're both trade paperbacks. This is not a new issue with ebooks.


ebooks are a different format than a printed book. It's ok for them to have different page numbers.

by on ‎08-10-2013 07:28 PM

As Flyingtoastr said, you've first have to decide which version of the printed book.


But the bigger issue, is that a "page" on an ebook is different that a page on a printed book.  There isn't as much on an "ebook" page as there is on a printed page, unless you have the font very very small.  They try, which is why the page number stays the same for several "ebook" pages, but then it goes back to, which printed version should it emulate?


eBooks are free flowing text which means lines and pages change depending on font and font size.  Printed books are fixed line length, fixed page text.



by on ‎08-10-2013 11:24 PM

Ugh.  That's like asking for the paperback to have the same page numbers as the hardcover.

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