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Offline Notoriety Reading Five Days in May by Andrew Adonis
02 Feb 2013, 04:16 PM | Post: #1

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Help with Active Table of Contents

A friend of mine is publishing a Kindle Guide to the Ionian Island of Kefalonia. He's a total newbie - truth be told he doesn't actually have a Kindle himself. (I know.... I've tried.Rolleyes.) He's on a steep learning curve but has got stuck on the ToC, even though he's tried to follow the KDP instructions on using Word in which the links do work. But in the Kindle Reader for PC the ToC is greyed out. I'm helping him out a bit with the cover and some suggestions - can anyone give some quick advice about this???

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02 Feb 2013, 04:36 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Help with Active Table of Contents

I discovered that trying to use just Word for ebook formatting is a nightmare--even when .DOC is converted to HTML, all sorts of bugs creep in and you have no real control over formatting.

The best way forward is to blitz it back to plain text and start from scratch. I used this excellent and very comprehensive tutorial and it really is spot on if you follow it through to the end (it has something like 9 parts, links at the bottom):
http://guidohenkel.com...

If you follow this guide then the active table of contents will work perfectly. Never could get mine working when I was using Word! Good luck Smile
Offline Notoriety Reading Five Days in May by Andrew Adonis
03 Feb 2013, 08:37 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Help with Active Table of Contents

Thanks Alex

I've looked at this and it basically seems to be saying create your book in HTML and then convert via calibre. Calibre is not the the most user-friendly software, IMHO, apart from the most basic of device content management. The material on ToC is fairly challenging especially if you are not using the word "Chapter" to mark your sections as my friend isn't. Also the link suggests uploading to Amazon the .mobi file created in calibre? Is this right? I thought Amazon specified .html ?! I'm rather more baffled now!

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Offline Katherine Roberts Reading I keep forgetting to update this!
08 Apr 2013, 04:08 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Help with Active Table of Contents

If the toc is greyed out, then it sounds as if the Kindle software is not recognising it... did you insert a "toc" bookmark on the first line of the contents page?

I use Word 2000 to build my Kindle books, and have had a few issues with centred text and bold text etc, but the toc seems to work fine when I build it by hand using bookmarks and hyperlinks and then add a "toc" bookmark at the top.
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22 Jun 2013, 09:37 PM | Post: #5

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RE: Help with Active Table of Contents

(08 Apr 2013 04:08 PM)Katherine Roberts Wrote: Wrote:  If the toc is greyed out, then it sounds as if the Kindle software is not recognising it... did you insert a "toc" bookmark on the first line of the contents page?

I use Word 2000 to build my Kindle books, and have had a few issues with centred text and bold text etc, but the toc seems to work fine when I build it by hand using bookmarks and hyperlinks and then add a "toc" bookmark at the top.

Hello Katherine,

I build my TOC in the same way as you, but I'm having the issue with the centered text (being off centre) and bold text (not being bolded) when I hyperlink to the bookmark in the kindle book. I've tried adding a "TOC" bookmark at the top, right next to contents, but still no luck. If I click back or forward a page once I've made the jump, everything then rights itself. This only happens when linking from the TOC. Is there any chance that you can point me to where you found the solution please? Thanks.
Offline Paul Gr
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RE: Help with Active Table of Contents

I gave up trying to create a table of contents in Libre, I finished up creating the bookmarks and hyperlinks manually. Quite laborious but at least it works.
Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
06 Feb 2014, 08:21 AM | Post: #7

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RE: Help with Active Table of Contents

I have always found the Smashwords Guide to be very useful and practical when it comes to formatting. It's a step by step system which clearly shows you how to format a book for Kindle. It includes a number of options for setting up a ToC. (It's free too)
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RE: Help with Active Table of Contents

Have you tried Sigil? Its free and It does the toc for you
Its fairly easy to use, just cut and paste.  Needed to be simple....I'm a dumbo
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