Flash! A Kindle book with locations AND page numbers
A lot of people find it hard to adjust to the Kindle using locations rather than page numbers.
I actually prefer the locations. They are a smaller unit, and therefore a better locator.
However, people correctly point out that it is harder for people with Kindles and people with paperbooks to find the same place in the book. That particularly comes up with book clubs and in academic settings.
I’ve heard a lot of solutions suggested. Here are a couple:
One way is to have the page number appear in the Kindle in the same place it appears in the paperbook…which might mean right in the middle of the screen
Another one is to have the page number appear as it does on some other EBRs (E-Book Readers)…say, at the top or the bottom. However, since you can change the text size, that means you might be on the same page number for several screens. I would find that confusing, personally
Well, I recently finished
by Sherry Seethaler
It’s the kind of book that I read a bit at a time. I’d gotten it as a freebie some time back, and it’s been free again since then (but it’s not now).
The nice (and surprising) thing was in the back of the book.
Apparently, they had the index from the paperbook. This will give you the idea:
vitreous fluid, 146–147
voice, age–related changes to, 75–76
voltage standards, 25–26
The nice thing?
Those page numbers were hyperlinks to the same place in the e-book file!
So, that actually works quite well for me. When I’m reading, I’m not seeing those irrelevant page numbers. Irrelevant? Well, as I like to say:
“How many pages does an e-book have?”
“Zero…e-books don’t have pages.”
Then, if I want to go to a particular page equivalent, I can go to the index and do that. A publisher could easily set up a “page jump”. They could have a table something like this:
I just made up those numbers, by the way. The numbers could be hyperlinks to the spot in the book.
That wouldn’t satisfy everybody, of course…it seems like nothing does.
Still, I like it. It’s simple, and will help people transition, while still letting them communicate with people still using paper.
For books that were never on paper, we can figure a page every 250 words. We could figure out a way to show that.
What do you think? Would that work for you, or do you still want page numbers while you are reading? Feel free to let me know.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.