Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Books

Not much to report this week... I am reading Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian and Mabel Lee. I hear it is a 600-page book, but I am reading it on my Kindle, so I can't see how long it is. I am only 10% into it, but I have not made a serious effort with it yet. I am reading it because the author's last name begins with an X. I needed an X book to complete my 2011 challenge to read a book by authors of every letter of the alphabet. Many of the letters I read multiples and had almost decided to skip the X, but I had it in my Kindle, so why not give it a go?

Maybe I'll have more to say about it next week.

1 comment:

Sextant said...

If you look at the sales page on Amazon for your book, it will give you the print length under PRODUCT DETAILS. Soul Mountain is 530 pages long. To determine roughly (very roughly) what page you are on multiply the print length by the decimal equivalent of the percentage you are at.

Say you are at 30%

530 X .30 = 159

This is a fairly crude measure because the Kindle only gives percentages in whole numbers which works out to 2 decimal places of accuracy. 530 X .01 = 5 pages

If you need a more precise way, I can help you with that but all math methods will depend on the Kindle edition being laid out exactly like the print edition. The few times that I needed an exact page location to reference a page in a print edition, I used the LOOK INSIDE feature in Amazon or the searched in Google Books. That has problems as well. Look inside is generally only on one edition. Also some books have a good portion of the book blocked. It is a complicated world we live in.

I think Kindle for PC uses page numbers as well as locations but it doesn't work for all books and it still suffers from the how identical are the editions problem.