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Old 01-10-12, 05:56 PM
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Making a Kindle Ebook Table of Contents accessible?

When I create a Kindle Ebook using KindleGen and then load it onto my Kindle, when I go to the "Menu", "Go To" and then click - the "table of contents" is grayed out.

My book has a table of contents which works just fine. If I choose "Go To" "Beginning" (of book) and then page down to the Table of Contents I can click on the chapter numbers and they all work fine - everything is hyperlinked and the TOC works just fine - ONCE YOU FIND IT! But, why is the option to go to it grayed out on my Kindle Menu?

I create the book in MS-Word and then save as a filtered html file. I then edit the html file and insert the books title and the cover, but what do I have to do to get the TOC to show on my Kindle "Go To" Menu?

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Old 01-10-12, 06:38 PM
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Re: Making a Kindle Ebook Table of Contents accessible?

I've never used KindleGen, but there is a thread on the Amazon forums that seems to give a solution. Short answer is that you need to create an OPF file that will tell the Kindle what to use for the Table of Contents.

http://207-171-168-158.amazon.com/kd...art=0&tstart=0
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Old 01-11-12, 07:58 AM
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Re: Making a Kindle Ebook Table of Contents accessible?

I have this problem, too. Did you get it to work?

I don't know why Amazon hasn't released an easy solution for converting to Kindle format that easily fixes something like this.

That said, I found it better just to save my time and let someone else fix my file for $5: http://fiverr.com/jlbgt2005/optimize...on-to-an-ebook
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Re: Making a Kindle Ebook Table of Contents accessible?

I used Sigil, which I believe created a ToC.
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Re: Making a Kindle Ebook Table of Contents accessible?

LOL well, I guess Amazon was listening. Just got this:
From: Amazon.com Customer Service [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:42 PM
Subject: Start creating KF8 books today - Download the latest version of
KindleGen & Kindle Previewer !

Thank you for your interest in creating Kindle Format 8 content.

We're pleased to announce that Kindle Publisher Tools with Kindle Format
8 (KF8) support are now available for download. Kindle Format 8 is
Amazon's next generation file format offering a wide range of new
features and enhancements - including HTML5 and CSS3 support that
publishers can use to create all types of books. KF8 adds over 150 new
formatting capabilities, including drop caps, numbered lists, fixed
layouts, nested tables, callouts, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics
- opening up more opportunities to create Kindle books that readers will
love. Kindle Fire is the first Kindle device to support KF8 - in the
coming months KF8 will be rolled out to our latest generation Kindle
e-ink devices as well as our free Kindle reading apps.

Publishers have created thousands of KF8 titles already and customers
are enjoying the improved formatting and reading features across all
types of books. Additionally, KF8 features such as Kindle Panel Views
and Kindle Text Pop Up enable great fixed layout books including graphic
novels, comics and children's books. We've updated our Kindle Publishing
Guidelines to help publishers get started with Kindle Format 8.

Please download the new versions of KindleGen
(www.amazon.com/kindleformat/KindleGen) and Kindle Previewer
(www.amazon.com/kindleformat/KindlePreviewer) to get started today. More
information about KF8, Kindle Publishing Tools & Guidelines can be found
at http://www.amazon.com/KindleFormat.

For Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) users, KDP is ready to receive your
KF8 books. In addition to accepting books in the KF8 format, KDP is
releasing a new KDP Simplified Formatting Guide to help you take
advantage of the new features offered by KF8. Go to
https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishi...icId=200798080 for more
information on publishing KF8 books via KDP.

Thanks,

The Kindle Team
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Re: Making a Kindle Ebook Table of Contents accessible?

I finally got it to work by following the instructions here:

http://dark-neon.blogspot.com/2011/0...-contents.html.

JuryDuty - I just saw your post and downloaded the latest version of KindleGen and I'll install that and try to play with it later on. I'll report back on my success or lack of with getting the TOC to work.
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Re: Making a Kindle Ebook Table of Contents accessible?

Well, I tried the new version of KindleGen which JuryDuty notified us about. Same as before - seems that the major things it does is make it possible to wrap text around images and stuff like that - which is only useful for the Kindle Fire. So, it seems like one still needs to make an NCX table to get a menu Accessible TOC into the book! The link I gave just above to the dark-neon blogspot is still the best possibility. It worked just fine for me.

One word of warning - read that post carefully and follow the instructions precisely - I did not do so and was frustrated through a bunch of attempts, but when I followed the instructions exactly and precisely everything worked like a charm. I have now updated 2 of my publications on KDP with editions which have menu accessible TOC's!
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Re: Making a Kindle Ebook Table of Contents accessible?

Ugh--disappointing the new KindleGen didn't work for this, but thx for trying danwiz. I appreciate that dark-neon link. I'm going to try it out, too!
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Old 01-13-12, 05:55 PM
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Re: Making a Kindle Ebook Table of Contents accessible?

Yeah, bummer that they did not make it easier to make the TOC accessible. Maybe at some point in the future they will. So, have to use KindleGen on the *.opf file after using Mobipocket Creator and carefully following the dark-neon instructions. It's easy enough though after you get the hang of it.

I have now updated all of my Kindle Publications which have TOC's. If you own any of my publications, then I suggest that you ask Amazon to push the new version into your account - too bad that this cannot happen automatically. They keep saying that they are working on it, but it must be a low priority!
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