I recently purchased a Kindle, and I love it. Not only is it convenient, but it’s got me reading a lot more. I find myself salivating at the thought of a longer train ride, where I can finish another 5-10% of my book. Yes, that’s right. The Kindle doesn’t have page numbers. The Kindle is a crazy robot book that works solely with percentages and static locations. Not helpful, guys. This seemingly unimportant characteristic can actually present a lot of problems. For example, I’m in a book club. Things get tricky when I want to share an excerpt and I’m asking everyone to turn to “location number 172-182” in their books. Furthermore, there’s no working formula to assess the collaborating page numbers in accordance to the physical book. This holds the Kindle back, in my opinion. I read in the New York Times that Kindles, and e-readers in general, are getting children more interested in reading. That’s awesome. But I think the lack of specific page numbers limits the educational convenience the Kindle could potentially provide. Ideally, kids could stop lugging around heavy backpacks, consolidating their materials into one Kindle. But not everyone can afford a Kindle, so therein lies the problem. Not everyone will be able to read from pages 20-35% for their homework. Not knowingly, anyhow.
As of today, the Kindle team has released the addition of digital page numbers that coincide with actual page numbers from the physical books. It’s about time! So far, only 100 eBooks have made the upgrade. A snails pace, if you ask me. I’m also curious as to whether there will eventually be an update available for my archived books, assuming this update spreads throughout the vast existing library of eBooks on Amazon. We shall read!