The problem is largely a question of drm and licensing. A lot of newer books will have page-lists but most are protected by drm. Tor sells drm-free books and I checked, the latest one I bought ( System Collapse by Martha Wells) has a page list and properly formatted links so I think you should be good with any recent from them. Mammoth at the Gates by Nghi Vo is a novella so maybe a bit cheaper ( I checked the first in the series, published in 2020 and it did not have a pagelist) . Or dig around for other publishers that don’t add drm… But the pricing for new epubs is getting outrageous so its probably still going to cost you 10 or 15 bucks.

No, including visible page numbers is not considered the norm. Usually it is just a span with an id:

<span role="doc-pagebreak" epub:type="pagebreak" id="pg_1" aria-label=" Page 1. "/>
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