Well, here’s a surprise—eBooks don’t have page numbers. 

Because text reflows there are no page numbers in ebooks.  As you can see, it would be silly to put page numbers when the pages or screens change all the time.  A word could be on “page 13” one minute, and then with a user change of font size, on “page 15" the next.  

In fact, an eBook’s “pages” are actually an illusion, created by the device.  In reality, an eBook is one very long webpage (or a series of very long webpages), and the view of the “pages” changes as each device  opens it, and as each human reader chooses his font size and, in some instances, the  font.   Some devices, like the Nook, create "faux" or fake page numbers, to give the human reading it a sense similar to that of a print book.  For example, in "Frumpy to Fabulous:  Flaunting It," shown below, you can see that the Nook device has created a fake page number in the upper-right-hand corner, along with a "running header" with the title name.  These are both functions of the device, and are not actually present in the e-book itself

The Kindle devices use "Locations," rather than the faux page numbers, and they serve much the same purpose; to give the reader a basis from which to judge his or her progress through the book.  

Some e-reading software also creates fake page numbers.  One program in particular, Adobe Digital Editions, which you'll likely use in your review of your ePUB ebook, creates a "page number" every 1,000 characters, that you can easily use for reference while proofing your book.   You can see an example of this in the yellow-highlighted spot below--Adobe Digital Editions ("ADE") creates a fake page number, that does not exist in the actual ebook.  While displayed on the page in ADE, it is not displayed this way on devices like the Nook, as you can see in the first example. (n.b.: in 2015, when this article is being updated, ADE displays page numbers that it creates at the bottom of the page; this image, below, is from the 2010 version of ADE.) 

 

Frumpy to Fabulous, displaying a page number in the upper-right-hand-corner. This is created by the device, on the fly, and those numbers are not in the eBook itself.
Frumpy to Fabulous, displaying a page number in the upper-right-hand-corner. This is created by the device, on the fly, and those numbers are not in the eBook itself. (Click to enlarge)
 

The Prince and the Pauper, displaying the faux page number it creates, on the right-hand side.
The Prince and the Pauper, displaying the faux page number it creates, on the right-hand side.

 

Holiday Closing Alert! Memorial Day, 2020   

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As amazing as it is, this year, for the first time ever,  we're going to be closed for Memorial Day!

That means we're going to be closed, Saturday-Monday May 23rd-25th,  2020.

I know what you're thinking--what???  The whole country's been closed down for two months!  Whaddya mean, you're taking off?  Well, we haven't been closed.  We've been here working harder than ever, due to a wildly increased demand for our services, so honestly, the Crew and I desperately need these days away.  No telephone calls or emails will be answered.  The admin office needs a break.  We'll be back, everything to the ready, the morning of Tuesday, May 26th, to get cracking.  Thank you for your support and understanding.  And please, don't forget why we honor Memorial Day.  We should never--never--forget The Fallen.  

For those of you already in production, the production crew is running full steam; Judith (QA--Quality assurance, our Princess of Perfection) and Jay (Our Doyenne of Customer Delight) will be here and working, checking books and sending them out, so please, don't worry.  It's just we lazybones in the admin office that need a break!