Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kindle getting actual page numbers

One of the biggest things that people have disliked about the Amazon Kindle ebook 'platform' is that there are some things called 'locations' instead of page numbers. This was annoying because it was hard to cite passages and chapters from the books. And you couldn't share the page number with your friend who had a print version of the same book.

But Amazon says that they are adding page numbers that will (somehow) correspond to the actual page numbers of a book. This will be available with the next software update, 3.1, for the Kindle and Kindle 3G. They don't talk about Kindle DX, but I assume that it will come to it too.

However, it appears that not all your books will suddenly have page numbers popping up. They say:

"We’ve already added real page numbers to tens of thousands of Kindle books, including the top 100 bestselling books in the Kindle Store that have matching print editions and thousands more of the most popular books."
Read more about it at the Kindle Daily Post. There are a few more new features like better layout for newspapers and magazines. You can download the early preview for the software update over here.