[Athen] Macmillan publisher

Andrea L. Dietrich adietrich at cornell.edu
Fri Apr 20 08:44:03 PDT 2018

I've encountered the same thing with some files. The lack of page numbers is the biggest problem, in my opinion. It's not too hard to convert an epub to a PDF, if that's what the student needs -- many would probably be fine using the epub directly, and there are actually some things I personally PREFER about epubs, but not having page numbers that correspond to the original text is a big deal breaker, IMO.

Does anyone know if there's a way to easily add page numbers to an epub file?

BTW, for conversion, I use Calibre. I think I've seen others mention it on here, so you probably already know about it, but it's a great program for converting ebooks between unusual file formats.

-Andi :)

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Kluesner, Bryon
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2018 11:00 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Macmillan publisher

Yesterday, I received EPUB3 files from Macmillan instead of PDF files. The problem with the EPUB3 files, is each individual page of a chapter is a separate xhtml file and there are no page numbers. When I sent a request through Access Text for the PDF version of the file, I received the following response:

We are no longer producing accessible PDFs of textbooks because we have transitioned to EPUB3 format, which is more accessible by nature and also reduces the risk of piracy.


My reply:

Hi Christine, while the EPUB3 may more accessible by nature, there are no page numbers and the individual files are more difficult to navigate for students rather than individual chapter PDF files. I think you need to reconsider not producing accessible PDF files. I expect other Disability Services providers will most likely have the same opinion as I do.

While I understand the reasoning behind Pearson and Macmillan wanting to use EPUB files, the format they are providing is making it more work for me, and there are no page numbers!

Just my Friday rant.

Have a good weekend everyone.


Bryon Kluesner, RhD
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