How to Find Real Page Numbers on the Kindle
Since Amazon first released its version of E-readers called the Kindle, some book-lovers have refrained from the option because there really isn’t anything like a real book. The smell, the dog-ears, the real page numbers, how can an electronic device replace that?
Fortunately, Kindle offers a lot of features that make the transition from traditional paperbacks to the electronic reader a little smoother with each update.
It’s important to note that some features are only available on certain books. This article will walk you through how to tell if the book you’re about to download has page numbers available, and how to activate them.
How to Check Page Numbers
When you search for a new book on the Kindle store, there are the standard pricing options, a brief overview of the book and its author, then there are the features.
To see if the book you’re interested in has real page numbers available, scroll down the page until you see the features box.
Tap on the Page Numbers
Review the Page Numbers Description
You can even see the page numbers description if you’re browsing Amazon’s website for your next Kindle read.
How to View the Real Page Numbers – The “Go-To” Option
So, as long as your chosen book has the real page numbers option, there are a few ways to view them. To begin, Kindle doesn’t inherently offer page numbers on older models. For most Kindles, they will only see a percentage of completion that doesn’t really correlate with page numbers well.
So, if you’d like to see your page number or travel to a specific location, do this:
Tap the center of your screen and tap ‘Go to’
View your page number
Displaying the real page numbers this way will not only help you to keep track of where you are in a book, but it will also help you to share or find the page number someone else is referencing.
Viewing the Page Numbers – The App
Some users may prefer, or at some points, read their books from a device other than Kindle. Whether it be from a web browser or from the Kindle App on a mobile device, viewing the real page numbers is much simpler.
As long as you’ve downloaded a book that has real page numbers available, you can see them at the bottom of your screen.
If you can’t see the page numbers it’s likely because you’ve adjusted the text size. When you make the text bigger it throws off Kindle’s pages so the numbers aren’t displayed.
You can readjust your text size by pinching the screen or by doing this:
Tap on the page
Tap on the ‘Aa’
Adjust your text size
By reducing your text size, you should now be able to see the page numbers listed at the bottom of your book. Also, just by tapping on the page, you can see the page number as well. Once you’ve reviewed your page number, you can tap again to increase the size of your text.
Other Cool Kindle Features
As we stated earlier, some avid readers haven’t yet begun to enjoy electronic readers. Amazon has offered quite a few really neat features that make reading easier.
Most Kindles and even the app version offer a dark mode. Whether you’re reading at night or you’d like to decrease eye strain, dark mode reduces the harsh bright lights that accompany device screens.
Tap on the ‘Aa’ just as you did above and select one of the four available color options:
Highlight, Share, and Add Notes
Kindle offers you the option to share pages, highlight important content, and even add little notes that you can review later. Opposed to traditional books, this is way better than writing in the margins.
Simply long-press the portion you’d like to manipulate and select from the available options:
Translation, Wikipedia, and the Dictionary
While reading a book, there’s no need to go to another source to fact-check some information or look a word up. Kindle will give you the option to do this on the screen after you’ve long-pressed a portion of interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find my bookmarks?
Bookmarks are excellent for keeping your page and saving the locations of important text. To save a page to your bookmarks section all you need to do is click on the flag icon in the top-left corner.
To locate your bookmarks tap on the page icon. Depending on how many bookmarks you’ve saved you’ll need to scroll through the list and find the one you’d like.
Do Kindle books have the same number of pages as a paperback?
Yes and no. It all depends on the book (and if you’ve enlarged the text). Page numbers that do not correspond with the actual paper book could cause problems in school and in book clubs so before you download a book for Kindle look for a caption that says ‘Contains real page numbers.’
You can lend your books out
So, it isn’t advisable to give your username and password out. But, book lovers can feel better about sharing their favorites with the people around them.
It isn’t likely that your best friend will order things on your Amazon account, but it is likely that they’ll spill something on your book, dog-ear pages, or possibly never return it at all. Kindle reduces any worry about these matters so sharing your library is much safer (again, as long as you trust the person with your Kindle password).