I am now thinking "out of the box" (my very newbie limited box) and checking rather in Amazon's Publishing help, guides and documentation, and found this:
"3.1.8 Text Guideline #8:
Page Numbers Kindle books do not always map directly to page numbers in physical editions of the book. For this reason, there should not be any reference to page numbers in the book. Page numbers should not be included in cross-references or the index. Amazon may make page numbers available for books as additional book metadata. Amazon generates these page numbers based on its own internal technology."
If I understand well, is it really beyond the Producer / Layout Artist to have control over page numbering? So it's up to Amazon whether to incorporate page numbering?
There are no page numbers in reflowable text ePub or Mobi books.
Are you using Paragraph and Character Styles in your InDesign document?
Which version of InDesign do you have?
Have you tested your ePub with the IDPF validator : http://validator.idpf.org
Hello Derek, Thanks for your P.O.V. ...
Nevertheless, I got to disagree (as far as my feeble understanding on this subject reaches). I have a Kindle Fire device in my hands, and have an amazon ebook on it, a novel. It does display both Locations (which I understand is the logical result of adapting a "fluid" page layout, as pages display differently depending on screen / devices sizes), and a page numbering.
So how come? Could it be that you're specifically stating this in regards of Reflowable works only?
Could it be then, that the novel in question (non illustrated, standard fiction novel) may have been created on a Fixed Layout project?
Anyway, thing is that novel does display page numbering on bottom page, under the form of some "pop-up" container that you can switch for a location numbering / navigator "pop-up" container at the tap of your finger.
Yes, they aren't page numbers in the conventional sense as the number of pages in a document vary depending on the size of typeface selected for the text. Also note, page numbers are not indicated in items like a ToC. What does appear on reflowable text pages are page location numbers. Folios, don't carry over from InDesign Master pages, in fact nothing carries over from Master pages!
You can use ecancrusher to crack open an ePub and see the contents: http://www.docdataflow.com/ecancrusher/
and you can see the difference in the HTML between reflowable text and fixed layout ePubs.