Kindle update to add real page numbers

When Amazon first introduced the Kindle, in addition to changing the way the eBook market worked, they also added a new way to mark your location in a book using something called "locations." Locations were Amazon's answer to displaying different text sizes and accommodating the differences in amount of text displayed.

Ever since this new form of keeping track of where you were was introduced, plenty of people argued against it and were wishing for Amazon to add "real" page numbers instead of "Locations." Amazon has listened and announced in a pre-release update which includes support for real page numbers.

Users have been wanting this feature for a while as there are no guidelines for sourcing or a way to find the same passage in a print version, which can cause confusion in academic situations. Amazon said, "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." The rapid adaptation shows the dedication and desire to improve the eBook experience by Amazon.

In addition to including real page numbers, the Kindle team is adding "Public Notes", easier ways to rate a book, and a new magazine and newspaper layout to help users quickly get to the information and stories they want. Public Notes will be a way to share notes by you with the entire Kindle community. After finishing a book, Kindle will prompt you for a rating to help create an easier and streamlined process in collecting a more authentic and broader view of the work.

Amazon has posted the preview update online, which Kindle owners can download and update with today to see the new features added to the Kindle ecosystem.

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Good stuff, now these'll be actually useful for referencing. Shame this didn't come sooner, else I could've used it for my course.

spalek83 said,
Page numbers, on a device designed for reading.... brilliant!

What a wonderfully innovative world we live in -.-

I hope the iPhone app gets this update too. The Nook app on the iPhone has real page numbers. It is the only app that I know of that does. This seams like such an obvious feature to have.

Yay! This was one thing that bugged me, for some reason its nice to know what page your on, not some funny number ... silly I know!

just updated it from firmware it came it with. Page turning's slightly quicker but that's about it at the moment.