Originally Posted by dwig
Page numbers in Kindle books serve two purposes:
1. For newbies who need a page reference to monitor their postion in the book (read: those that haven't adapted to either the progress bar or Location) they provide some guidance as to how large a book is and how much has been read.
2. They provide a method of referencing a point in the book. You can quote a page number in the printed edition indicated by the ISBN listed as the ebook's page number source. Referencing the ebook's Location is equally accurate but is not accepted in some scholarly circles. This is the real reason Amazon added the feature.
IMHO, #2 is the only reason to use the Kindle page number feature. Most readers should adapt to using the progress bar or the Location numbers and let go of the antique "printed page" reference which is no accurate measure anyway as there is no consistency in how many words appear on any one printed page. Every printed edition differs.
"Most readers should adapt?"
That's just BS.
People want page numbers. Is it so hard to display that?
The kindle app for iOS displays page numbers...
My other ebook readers do as well...
This is just a missing feature from the PW. And we have all read enough posts of people complaining to know that Amazon should include the OPTION to display page numbers.
Find me one person who honestly prefers 'location' to page numbers... And even so, all we are asking for is the option to switch to page numbers...