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BGog
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Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

I'd like to continue reading a book I was in the middle of on another reader.  I've loaded the book onto my nook but can't figure out how to go to page 245 without hitting the forward button 245 times and waiting for each page to refresh.  The book I'm reading doesn't have a contents so I can't use the "Go To chapter" feature.

 

Any help would be appreciated, my thumb is getting sore.   Otherwise, LOVE IT!

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traceyreads
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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

I have the same question.  Hope we can get an answer.  

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Chiclitz
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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

 


BGog wrote:

I'd like to continue reading a book I was in the middle of on another reader.  I've loaded the book onto my nook but can't figure out how to go to page 245 without hitting the forward button 245 times and waiting for each page to refresh.  The book I'm reading doesn't have a contents so I can't use the "Go To chapter" feature.

 

Any help would be appreciated, my thumb is getting sore.   Otherwise, LOVE IT!


 

 

Freaky. I just finished reading something that offers an explanation for why you can not "turn" to a specific page on an e-reader. The short answer is that unlike physical pages e-reader pages do not and can not have numbers permanently assigned to them. If they did, then they couldn't "reflow" when someone changed the font style or font size, and they wouldn't be reformattable (as in, display on variously sized screens, change shape on readers that flip between portrait and landscape view, and so on).

 

Here's the significant bit from the web page I was reading:

 

 

The whole idea behind the ePub format is the ability to be flexible enough to flow (in an organized fashion) in any size reader window. From a tiny cell phone/blackberry screen to a large full screen display like a browser or Digital Editions.

 

Your Headers are a perfect navigational tool for someone reading the physical printed book or a PDF because the flow of each page is permanent. Even when reading as a PDF, you can zoom in on the page to see things more clearly, but that will never change the content on each page.

 

When that same content is made into an ePub file, it is meant to be read using any number of ePub reader applications, such as Digital Editions (on the computer), Stanza (on iPhone/iPod), Sony eReader, etc. Depending on the user and application, these readers can be set to any custom size that the reader chooses.

 

I am assuming that you are viewing your ePub files using Digital Editions on your computer (correct me if I am mistaken). Digital Editions can be resized to your preference and also display your content in multiple columns. This ability to change the dimensions of your reader causes the content to re-flow in order to fit. The smaller your reader window, the more pages your content takes up; The larger your window, the fewer pages are taken up.

 

As for the page numbers that you are seeing in your eBook reader: These are built into the reader application, not your ePub file. Not all eBook readers offer page numbers, but I know that Digital Editions does. These numbers are static and will move and change depending on the physical size of your viewer screen.

 

 

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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

It should be possible to relate the location number (these do not change with font size or orientation) to the physical book page number! Not sure why no e-reader has done this yet.

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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

Thanks chicklitz.

 

I do understand that technical issue but at least I could jump to the general area and then find my page.  The sony readers let you go to a specific page number.

 

I ended up "solving" the problem by turning on my sony prs-505, finding part of a sentence on the page I wanted and searching for that text on the nook.

 

BTW, once I got to the page, the nook had the same page number as the sony did.

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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

The problem with this theory is that other ebook readers do provide support for page numbers or something similar.  E.g., the Sony gives you page numbers based on the current formatting.  Assuming you don't change the font size, you can go to a specific page if you want.

 

The Kindle gives you "location numbers" which are not dependent on the formatting, and which are portable across all Kindle reading software on all platforms.  Since they also use the "location number" to find your last read position, they don't have to reformat the entire book to find the page, either.  It does not seem hard to do something similar with ePub and Peanut Press books; B&N just hasn't done it.

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LaManchaDQ
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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

[ Edited ]

Here is what the nook manual says about navigating

 

Navigating
You can go to these locations in an eBook using the menus:
• Cover
• Table of Contents (if present)
• Chapters
• Pages
• Furthest read page
• Bookmarks
• Highlights and notes

 

To go to a specific location in what you are reading: Tap Go to and choose one of the destinations

 

Are you all saying that you can't "go to" certain pages in any book, all books or some books?

 

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traceyreads
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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

I checked a few books. There is no option under "Go To" to navigate to specific page or location.  The only options are:

 

Furthest Read Point

Cover

Chapter

 

 

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[ Edited ]

Actually, it kind of sucks that we now know highlights and bookmarks don't work with non-B&N content either.  I use these all the time on other readers, while I'm editing and formatting ebooks, and as such I will probably not use the nook for proofreading.

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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

 


AdamSelene wrote:

Actually, it kind of sucks that we now know highlights and bookmarks don't work with non-B&N content either.


 

 

That's odd, and a direct contradiction of the user's manual:

 

"You can highlight and annotate eBooks in EPUB and PDB formats in the My B&N Library and My Documents sections of your library. You cannot highlight or annotate periodicals in My B&N Library. You cannot highlight or annotate PDF files."

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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

 

I have asked that same question before and was told that it would take up too much memory to do this. The answer was given on another board some time ago and I don't know if it still applies. But when I think about it, each word would have to be "related," in other words the location of each word within a book would have to be translated into a spot on a permanent page number.

d_light wrote:

It should be possible to relate the location number (these do not change with font size or orientation) to the physical book page number! Not sure why no e-reader has done this yet.


 

 

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Ducky007
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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

I agree that this is a major issue, especially on PDF files that do not have built in chapters. The Nook obvously knows how many pages the book has (as evidenced by the current page/total page display bar) so why can't we go to a page? This would probably be the single biggest reason I couldn't currently recommend a Nook to anyone else.

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Groo
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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

Navigating to page numbers is probably highest on my wish list for features on my Nook.

 

 

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joeypore
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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

Yeah, it's the most important.

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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?


Groo wrote:

Navigating to page numbers is probably highest on my wish list for features on my Nook.

 

 


Particularly since the nook often seems to forget what the last page was.
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Re: Nook: How do you go to a specific page?

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones....

 

I haven't had any trouble with losing the last page read, even after removing the battery. I haven't tried the

bookmark feature yet, so I can't comment. Maybe I'll give that a try later.

 

In fact I've had very few of the problems I've seen listed here. One freeze the day I got it. Swipe-to-turn works great. There are a few things I'd like to see added or improved, but go to page numbers would be great.