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The PreTeXt Guide

Section 30.9 Page Number Fidelity

If you use a print PDF to produce a physical book, the page numbers may be important to you and your readers. Thus, you may desire that an electronic PDF have faithful page numbers. You may have noticed from the discussion about page numbers in cross-references (Section 30.8 that because the default behavior puts page numbers in the print PDF, and not in the electronic PDF, content will not always appear on the same page for the two conversions. The solution is simple—use a publication file to have the two conversions behave identically in this regard.