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(a)  I do not see how it could be possible to add a pagelist retroactively, once the ebook of a printed book has been finished.  But if there is a way, it would be great to hear about it.

(b) Will InDesign V 19.4 included the ability to create page-page lists. I hear that this version will have many more accessibility features, in addition to the ones added in V 19.2

(c) If page-lists are not going to be included in ID V 19.4. is the PageStaker script still the best way to add page-lists to an ebook



Laura Brady

Hiya. a) In my experience, it’s not possible to script adding a page list retroactively. It can be done but it’s a manual, tedious process of inserting the page numbers at the point of the page break. That is, have the ebook code open, and a print PDF open to insert the numbers by hand — one by one. I’ve done it. It’s not fun, but it’s not the end of the world.

b) The InDesign engineers are working on including a page list in reflowable EPUB exports. They hope to have it soon but I am willing to bet good money that early implementations will be buggy.

c) I like the PageStaker script (but I’m partial, having created it). It’s far from perfect, but maybe this post will help you use it?


I do it occasionally, usually on books with less than 64 pages. What works for me is to just stick in a tag (something like <PAGE_NUMBER_TAG/> by hand in the code and then run a python script that iterates through the  epub and changes them to sequential page numbers.

But if at all possible prefer to just go back to the InDesign files and redo the epub using Laura’s fantastic pagestaker script.. In most cases it’s actually faster.


Many thanks, Laura, b.keith, Sorry for the delay in thanking you, I forgot to subscribe to the thread, thinking that authors of a question are always notified of replies 🙂

Very many thanks for the really helpful link, Laura. I had watched your video, here on APLN, which described how to use the script, and which, most helpfully, alerted me to the value of page lists for Book Clubs.  But the other steps in the process were missing from the APLN article.  So your article describing the entire process will prove really helpful when I make the next ebook.  We have decided to add page-lists to all ebooks from now on.

Thanks also, b.keith, for the info about making page-lists manually. I might do that for one of the most popular ebooks, which is only about 80 pages.  I think that would be productive from a learning point of view.

Thanks again,




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