Feb. 7, 2011 at 7:20 PM ET
It may be a minute tweak to the Kindle OS, but for the growing Kindle-owning masses who use their e-readers in classes or book clubs, it's a godsend: A Kindle update soon to hit the newest-generation Wi-Fi and 3G models will grant books with "real" page numbers, corresponding with pages of popular print editions.
Amazon says they've already started adding the page numbers to the most popular books, assuming they have "matching print editions." It's probably easier for new releases; don't expect all those cheap classic lit editions to get the same pagination any time soon (unless perhaps there's an Oprah recommendation or movie adaptation that propels it to the top of the bestseller list).
People who use the popular iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 Kindle apps will get access to the page numbers in "the coming months."
The Kindle update has other features too, including:
If you want to try the new features, you can manually download the software; otherwise, wait and it will soon be a part of a system update.
More info at the Kindle blog, here.