The Natural Page
Everybody has their little pet peeves when it comes to their favorite eReader. Nobody ever has every feature quite the way we want it and nothing will ever be quite perfect. One of the complaints I’ve heard surprisingly often with the Kindle has been its lack of normal page numbering. While this seems like a simple sort of thing to deal with, since we are given a progress counter of sorts anyway, I can certainly understand it getting on the nerves of some.
In response, we have The Natural Page(TM) from Forbidden Stitch Press. Their first book, Spirit in The Sky, is now available for download from the Kindle store for $9.99. The basic premise is that by setting a page length at right around 400 words, it is possible to put a page number, formatted as (Page 12), at the bottom of each screen as the reader moves through their book. It’s a novel concept, if you’ll pardon the pun. While there’s little chance that this will work out as a long term solution, being rather un-dynamic and therefore breaking any time the reader changes font size or a Kindle DX, it’s a good thing to have around, most likely. If nothing else, the reader response could point out to Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) that this is a desired, and quite possibly easy to include, feature for a future patch. The best way to get your point across about a product has always been to vote with your wallet, after all.