Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 24, 2013

Ebook Readers Preferences

Hi,  as an eBook reader, how important is a clickable table of contents (TOC) ? Would you be unhappy with a fiction book you downloaded if it didn’t have the feature? 

I’m teaching local classes on formatting of digital material for publication over at least two of the most popular formats, .mobi and .epub.  The method I teach uses free, widely available tools to produce a quality book, but does not create an interactive TOC.

Please leave a comment.  It’ll be quite helpful.

Thanks!

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Responses

  1. In most cases, I use chapter breaks much like book marks. A TOC makes it easy to return and also visualize progress.
    In an anthology or any book made up of a collection of stories or articles, I consider a TOC as essential.

  2. I read eBook constantly. I like being able to access the chapters by a toc, but it’s really not a huge deal. My wife reads more than I do (24/7!!) and she says she could care less about a TOC. ;o) Hope this helps, Tom.

  3. They are helpful but not essential. It’s nice to have but wouldn’t make me pass up a book because of its absence

  4. I find a TOC to be essential to non-fiction books and completely unnecessary for fiction, except in the case of short story collections.

  5. Thank you for your input. I think I’m going to teach my local students the easy, free way to format for ebook fiction. There are good apps out there (Legend Maker, for example) which will automatically create clickable TOCs if a person is willing to pay the price. They’ll have to have a cover anyway.

    I’ve been using Legend Maker for some time. Their customer service is outstanding.

    Thanks again, everyone!


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