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Offline SteeBee
31 Aug 2015, 07:00 AM | Post: #1

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Chapped Hers?

Hi everyone

I have just finished what started out as a novella but turned into a full blown novel!
I am entering the formatting phase & using a neat little extension for open office writer which is basically a template for that purpose.
My question is this, I am new to e publishing & wonder if it is necessary to have chapters in my ebook. The kindle will allow the reader to continue reading where they left off right?
If it is indeed a viable option to leave chapters out I'd prefer it because it makes the tech side of proceedings less fiddly for me.

Thoughts please.
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Offline Campbell
31 Aug 2015, 07:09 AM | Post: #2

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RE: Chapped Hers?

I'd strongly advise against omitting chapters as most of the eBook stores require a table of contents that references your chapter headings.

"To provide readers easy navigation, we recommend including an active Table of Contents within your book.

If you're creating a DOC file on a PC, you can use Microsoft Word's built-in Table of Contents creator, found here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/285059

If you're creating a DOC file on a Mac, you can use Microsoft Word's Bookmark and Hyperlink functions to build a Table of Contents manually. The Hyperlink function can link to any text formatted with a heading style or any location in your book you've marked using the Bookmark function.

If you're creating an HTML file, you can use one of these methods to add HTML tags for your Table of Contents:

• Manually add A HREF HTML tags
• Use a free tool, such as the one found here: Mozilla Seamonkey HTML Editor
• Use a WYSIWYG (What-you-see-is-what-you-get) Editor such as the free NVU or Kompozer "

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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
31 Aug 2015, 08:19 AM | Post: #3

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RE: Chapped Hers?

Hi SteeBee
Personally, when I'm reading, I don't value a list of chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter3....... chapter65 before a novel starts. I just zip past it when I see that.
Other people might be different.
But one thing I know is that when I'm preparing a book, what's 'fiddly for me' is irrelevant. Much better to concentrate on what's best for the reader. If in doubt I'd take Campbell's advice.
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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
31 Aug 2015, 08:24 AM | Post: #4

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RE: Chapped Hers?

As a reader, I don't look at the chapter headings - that's why many people put them at the back, by the way - but I do value natural breaks in the narrative. Even though I can stop anywhere and find my place again as soon as I switch on, it makes sense to me to halt at a place where the narrative breaks, changes PoV, changes feet or has a yawn and a stretch. Otherwise I'm likely to lose the continuity a little when I want to get right back into it. Even if you don't name or number chapters, consider adding breaks of some sort - asterisks maybe.
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Offline alexroddie Reading The Terror by Dan Simmons
31 Aug 2015, 08:27 AM | Post: #5

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RE: Chapped Hers?

(31 Aug 2015 07:00 AM)SteeBee Wrote: Wrote:  Hi everyone

I have just finished what started out as a novella but turned into a full blown novel!
I am entering the formatting phase & using a neat little extension for open office writer which is basically a template for that purpose.
My question is this, I am new to e publishing & wonder if it is necessary to have chapters in my ebook. The kindle will allow the reader to continue reading where they left off right?
If it is indeed a viable option to leave chapters out I'd prefer it because it makes the tech side of proceedings less fiddly for me.

Thoughts please.
Even if you don't use chapters, I'd strongly advise you to insert regular scene breaks for the reasons already described. Continuous narrative without scene breaks can be exhausting for the reader (and can be difficult for you to keep track of as the writer).

I would also suggest putting the list of chapter headings at the rear of the ebook, if you go with chapters.
Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
31 Aug 2015, 08:58 AM | Post: #6

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RE: Chapped Hers?

It really isn't that difficult. I'm a technophobe, and I figured it out. Have a look at this short, free book. It tells you pretty much all you need to know in simple terms. It shouldn't take you more than a couple of hours to get up to scratch.

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Offline joo Reading Off The KUF Vol I
31 Aug 2015, 09:11 AM | Post: #7

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RE: Chapped Hers?

As a reader, especially when reading late at night, I like to have a chapter end, so I can have a breather (and a sleep).

I often have the "time left until end of chapter" counter switched on, so I can see if it's worth "just another 5 mins".
Like others, I rarely look at the list of chapter headings.
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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
31 Aug 2015, 09:11 AM | Post: #8

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RE: Chapped Hers?

Just to add a footnote to Campbell's TOC explanation - I have found from experience that it's better just to go with the bookmark/hyperlink method from the start rather than the automated Microsoft way, which occasionally ends up being mangled in some of the conversions to different formats.(that could be a Smashwords 'feature' of course, but just in case it is more widespread!)
The bookmark/hyperlink way is more fiddly but you have much more control over it.
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Offline Michelle Burley Reading The Disturbing Anthology by R F Whittaker
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RE: Chapped Hers?

I would say as long as there are clear breaks in the book then I wouldn't necessarily say you need chapters. I do use chapters but that's mainly for me as I'm writing, although I do hate how many pages they take up before you get to the actual story so I am going to use the advice offered here to put it at the back of my book for the next one I write. Thanks for the tip guys :-)
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Offline Tim_A Reading strictly murder by Lynda Wilcox
16 Sep 2015, 04:56 PM | Post: #10

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RE: Chapped Hers?

Terry Pratchett wrote 40 novels without chapters. It didn't do him any harm. But you do need as a minimum, scene breaks (a blank line between scenes).

Your TOC need only contain the minimum too - title page, book, back matter.
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