The Table of Content view on New Kindles

Since I use my Kindle Fire all the time for previewing clients’  work, I need to be able to see what readers who buy that book will see. Previously when I had a First Generation KindleFire… but it died an untimely death last month after only 1 1/2 years of service… I loved that the little ‘menu’ icon on the bottom bar when you were reading a book took you directly to the Table of Contents. That was nice because I’m very careful about crafting TOCs in books.

But when I started using the new KindleFire HD recently, I noticed that the little menu icon had moved to the upper left corner and was displaying NOT the carefully crafted Table of Contents but the NCX file, also a Table of Contents file, but it’s built upon heading choices (h1, h2, h3) and not bookmarks and internal links. Not good. I hate this. It doesn’t even allow you to click on Table of Contents and be taken to the nice little manual beauty living in the front matter of the book!

Converting a book to an ePub version of course always gives you this NCX view and I’ve yet to discover how to make the TOC be included on this list, even if I give it an h1 Chapter Heading.  There might me something hidden in the Guide feature at Sigil that is causing this, but I don’t know for sure.

I talked to a lovely man at Amazon this morning who had to step in and help me re-register my Kindle after the first ‘helper’ had wiped everything off of it… but I digress… anyway, he knew the answer to my query right off.  The new Kindle operating system feels that the most up-to-date feature to use is the NCX table of contents… so that’s what you’ll see.  Amazon should have left what wasn’t broken alone. I loved the old Table of Contents. Of course you can still see that as well as the NCX view if you preview your book on Kindle Previewer.

If someone out there has a way to force the TOC view and not the NCX view, I’d love to hear it. This is a little thing, but I’m very particular about my eBook formatting!


About athirstyblog

If you're a published author and are sitting on a basement full of backlisted books, then you've found the right blog. Although I formerly filled these pages with book reviews, they will now be filled with tips on eBook formatting, talk about the current technology of eBooks, and other stuff that interests me and hopefully interests you. I'm currently an eBook formatter, formerly a bookseller, archaeologist, illustrator and lover of all things historical and scientific. And I'm now a permanent citizen of DownEast Maine with my own beach and 175 year old house and everything! Come along for the Journey!
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