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Does Kobo display total number of pages?
#1  foghat 05-02-2010, 03:41 PM
Hi all,

All the pictures I've seen of Kobo (when reading a book) display page 'n of m' for the current chapter.

Does the total number of pages in a book also display somewhere?

Thanks.
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#2  jimr 05-02-2010, 07:31 PM
No, sadly it only shows number of pages for the current chapter. I hate not knowing the total number of pages. It's one of those left-over 'book' things I guess. Hopefully they'll add that to an upgrade.
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#3  foghat 05-02-2010, 08:30 PM
That sucks. Might even be a deal breaker for me.

Though I would likely be getting it for my wife, so maybe we'll still end up one.
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#4  jimr 05-02-2010, 08:32 PM
I've got one. And so far, it's a joy to read. Other than the few software/firmware tweaks that are bound to be made soon, it really is a great little machine. My 80 yr old mother was reading on it this afternoon...she wants one!
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#5  SensualPoet 05-02-2010, 08:39 PM
Well, that's odd. The book I am reading displays pg x of 227 at the bottom of every page. These are pg numbers for the run of the book, not the chapters. There are a dozen chapters. There are also tiny numbers in the right hand margin indicating the pg number.

BTW, I'm reading the title in both the Kindle 2 and Kobo -- one chapter per device -- to get a real feel for how the experience is different, if at all. First thing I am noticing: the Kobo is considerably lighter. The Kindle is in a leather case so I can hold it like a book; but the Kobo, naked, is comfortable, too.
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#6  GSteer 05-02-2010, 08:41 PM
Mines currently displaying page 8 of 198 - but I'm guessing this might be a specific epub footer as it displays "Hal Spacejock - 8 of 198" ...?

Edit: That is probably because this book doesn't have chapters, or at least they're not indexed correctly, hence why it's displaying the correct values for the whole book as it's treating it as one chapter.
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#7  jimr 05-02-2010, 08:43 PM
That is odd. I wonder if that has anything to do with the way the book was formatted and by whom. Is your ebook in epub or pdf? So far the numbers I see on the screen are for each chapter. Hmmmmm.....

I'd be curious to hear what your final assessment is between the Kobo and Kindle. Obviously the Kindle has lots of extras, but as a basic reader, how do they compare?

edit....that makes sense GSteer
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#8  foghat 05-02-2010, 08:48 PM
Quote SensualPoet
Well, that's odd. The book I am reading displays pg x of 227 at the bottom of every page. These are pg numbers for the run of the book, not the chapters. There are a dozen chapters. There are also tiny numbers in the right hand margin indicating the pg number.

BTW, I'm reading the title in both the Kindle 2 and Kobo -- one chapter per device -- to get a real feel for how the experience is different, if at all. First thing I am noticing: the Kobo is considerably lighter. The Kindle is in a leather case so I can hold it like a book; but the Kobo, naked, is comfortable, too.
So you can actually see the table of contents and navigate to the various chapters?

If so, it does seem strange, as everything I have seen indicates it just does pages per chapter, unless, as GSteer noted, the ToC is not correctly formed and it treats the whole book as a single chapter.
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#9  GSteer 05-02-2010, 08:56 PM
Additional: Just converted another PDF -> ePub in Calibre, no ToC (Although book does contain a ToC page, will have to investigate this but it's the conversion not the Kobo) and it displays ePub title with Page of Total Pages at the bottom.
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#10  SensualPoet 05-02-2010, 09:41 PM
Yes. It's a commercial title from Fictionwise. I am only using epub on Kobo.

On the current page at the bottom: "the title - xx of 227".

Pressing the Menu button offers: Next Chapter, Table of Contents, Previous Chapter, Overview.

Next Chapter and Previous Chapter do exactly what they say.

Table of Contents offers me: Return to current page, a list of the first 10 chapters with a "tick" next to the current one; and right click takes me to the next page with the remaining 6 chapters, and two final "chapters" entitled "About the Author" and "About the Artist".

Overview offers me: the cover, the title, the author, the category, number of words, publication date

Pressing the Display button allows me to adjust font size and style; after a choice I am returned to the page I was reading.

Pressing the Back button returns me to the place I was reading.

When I switch off, I am left with the cover and a caption "Chapter x of 18 - Press power to start reading"
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