Kindle Page Numbers Tool

Just added a Kindle Page Number Tool that lets you find the approximate location in a kindle book corresponding to a page in the physical edition. The key word is ‘approximate’. 

This is accessible through your kindle browser. It is NOT a Kindle hack or an on-board tool. Just go to bookmonk.com and there’s a link at the bottom of the page titled ‘Kindle Page Number Tool’.

Its based off of an idea from Andrys Basten and Len Edgerly. Thanks to them for the idea and for feedback.

Here’s a short video guide –

The Kindle Page Numbers Tool lets you enter a bunch of different information i.e.

  1. Number of Locations.
  2. Number of Book Pages
  3. Location at which Chapter 1 starts.  
  4. etc.

And then pick one out of 4 options i.e.

  1. Find location for a page number i.e. where in the kindle book would a particular page number be. 
  2. Find page number for a location i.e. what page does location 3,345 (or any other) correspond to. 
  3. Percentage complete (useful if only 6000 out of 9000 total locations are the actual book).
  4. Time Left, based on how many location you’ve read and how much time they have taken.

Note:

  1. The results are approximate. However, they’re better than nothing. 
  2. Its been tested somewhat – however, there might still be undiscovered errors.
  3. If you find an error please leave a comment.  
  4. Due to rounding etc. you’ll often see 29% instead of 30%, 2980 location instead of 3000.  
  5. My understanding of locations is that they do not match each other in size i.e. the results of this tool are pretty approximate.
  6. If you have a feature request please leave a comment.
  7. I don’t know of any way to get this on-board the Kindle. HTML forms are not supported so there would be no way to get it to take input if we used the html as .txt trick.
  8. Here’s a kindle tool start page you can download and add to your Kindle for direct links from the home page. The name of the book will be kindletools. It MUST be saved as a .txt file and must be moved to your Kindle/documents folder.

There is also a kindle browser accessible, super simple calculator added. The link again is at bookmonk.com at the bottom of the page and in the kindletools.txt file.

11 Responses

  1. I have not been able to use my kindle as a reference book, because there are no page numbers to refer to from the refrrence section to the page where the information that I am trying to find can be found. Can you email me the exact information as to how to set up the kindle so I can look up a topic, such as hematochezia in the back of the book (reference section), and then turn to that page in order to read about hematochezia?

  2. With the recent announcement of app support for the Kindle, I think this would be a great app. I was thinking of writing something similar using the new KDK if you didn’t have any plans to do so (and if there is support in the KDK for it). Great tool.

    • I’m going to be writing a page numbers tool app at some point of time – but you should go ahead and write one anyways – giving users greater choice is good.

  3. The Kindle for PC

  4. I am studying abroad this semester and was wondering if it would be smart to order the books on the kindle since it would be less books to carry around…the downside would be not being able to flip to a certain page number in class. What do you think about this page number problem?

    • EJ, it is a problem and there doesn’t seem to be any easy solution.

      Depends on whether you can get a line of text as reference (then you could just search for it) in addition to the page number.

  5. Sony has solved this very simple problem in their ereader by including text page numbers faintly in the margins at the end of the line they would appear in a print version. Really, this is such a simple fix, I don’t understand why Amazon doesn’t do this. There is a huge potential market in e-books for scholars. But as a historian, I depend on precise citations in the books I read, and I deliver precise citations in the books and articles I write. Having to input data and coming out with an “approximate” page number doesn’t really cut it.

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