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!

Independence Day (July 4th), 2020 

(And a notice about phone calls.) 

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As amazing as it is, this year, for the first time ever,  we're going to be closed for the 4th of July!

That means we're going to be closed, Friday-Monday, July 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2020.

And please, don't forget why we honor Independence Day. 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the week of the 5th July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.