The Kindle now has a software update available that adds real page numbers. The software update with the Kindle Page Numbers feature is now available as a free early preview.
You can get the Kindle software update with real page numbers at the Amazon Help page. There are instructions on how to install it. Please note that this software update is only for Kindle 3 and Kindle WiFi.
Here’s what Amazon has to say about it on their blog post about the Kindle Page Numbers feature –
Real Page Numbers – Our customers have told us they want real page numbers that match the page numbers in print books so they can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class.
Rather than add page numbers that don’t correspond to print books, which is how page numbers have been added to e-books in the past, we’re adding real page numbers that correspond directly to a book’s print edition.
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. Page numbers will also be available on our free “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” Kindle apps in the coming months.
Funny how Amazon fires a shot at Nook and Sony Reader with the little ‘how page numbers have been added to ebooks in the past’ snip. Actually, it’s strange – Nook books do seem to use real page numbers or something like that. Sony definitely adds page numbers for some books. Perhaps someone with more experience using Nook and Sony Reader can chime in.
Kindle Page Numbers – The Details
Let’s see –
- Only available for Kindle 3 and Kindle WiFi owners.
- Currently available as an ‘early preview’. You can download it now or wait for whenever it’s no longer an early preview.
- These are real page numbers corresponding to the page numbers in real books.
- ‘Real’ Page Numbers have already been added to tens of thousands of Kindle books. This is such a perfect opportunity to make fun of Amazon’s love of vagueness. We have added an unspecified number of page numbers to an unspecified number of books. These are real page numbers as opposed to unreal page numbers. With real page numbers you can never tell exactly how many books have them.
- Page Numbers will soon be available in books read using Kindle Reading Apps.
This is a hugely important feature, and Amazon adding it increases the gap between Kindle and other dedicated eInk eReaders.
How much of a difference do Kindle Page Numbers make?
Well, let’s consider the missing features that come up more often than ‘a lack of page numbers on the Kindle’ when people are choosing which eReader to buy.
- Library Books.
That’s it. Nothing else comes to mind.
Page Numbers are probably the 3rd or 4th biggest reason people were choosing a rival eReader instead of the Kindle. Now, Kindle has ‘Real’ page numbers and it’s increased the gap between it and Nook and Sony Reader.