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Old 03-17-2011, 01:50 AM   #1
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Kindle page numbers

Got a weird one. Just put my first book up on Kindle and one of my readers says the new page number function doesn't work. She put the file through Calibre to reformat some meta data, and the resultant file does show the page numbers.

I originally made the file that I uploaded to Kindle with MobiPocket Creator and converted to mobi with KindleGen. (Don't ask my why. I use calibre for everything else, but I know how to direct MPC to link the opf file to my TOC so that the kindle Contents tab goes there. I like my one page TOC better than the generated one. Also, I understand KindleGen gives a slightly higher cover image than Mobi or Calibre.

Anyway...just wondering if anyone understands how Kindle is creating these page numbers. Does it need the generated ToC?

As always...thanks!

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Old 03-17-2011, 02:03 AM   #2
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Page numbers are not a function of the file. If you load the file onto your kindle using calibre, calibre automatically generates the page numbers.

Or if you publish your book through Amazon and the user gets the book delivered wirelessly from amazon to their Kindle, then amazon generates the page numbers.

Don't ask me why Amazon came up with this brain dead scheme for page numbers instead of just embedding them in the ebook file itself.
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Kindle page numbers are matched to the page numbers of a paper edition of the book, see http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...0505500&#pages

Amazon haven't created page numbers for all Kindle books with paper editions yet. If your book isn't available in a paper edition, you'll definitely not get page numbers. If it is available in a paper edition, you may get page numbers at some point in the future.

Calibre works in a different way - it does a "best guess" of page numbers, and generates them accordingly, so it doesn't depend on a paper edition.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:12 AM   #4
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Anyway...just wondering if anyone understands how Kindle is creating these page numbers. Does it need the generated ToC?
Read this thread to see how the page number feature was added to calibre and how it works.
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