One of many differences between fiction print novels and fiction eBooks seems to be the inclusion of a Contents list with digital versions. I imagine this Contents list helps readers to jump back and forth in the novel. I have seen eBook novels with and without these lists, and I've seen them added near the front or the back of the eBook. As a reader, I prefer going right into the story with as few interruptions as possible. However, I went with the major of authors and inserted a Contents list at the front of my first eBook novel, Revenge.
Do you think these Contents lists are important? If so, where do you think readers would like to have these lists placed--front or back?
Every so often I feel compelled to show my ignorance publicly, and this is as good an opportunity as I've had lately. I'm really not sure what you mean by this? Are you referring to a table of contents, or, for fiction, what would amount to a chapter list, or scene list? I can't recall seeing such a thing, except in anthologies, so I'm willing to assume I'm thinking of the wrong thing.
I'm not trying to be difficult; I'm just confused.
It looks to me like SmashWords and Kindle add a TOC automatically. My guess is they look for the formatting for chapter headings and just list and link to them
It's great. It helps overcome not being able to just open a book and thumb thorugh for a chapter, I guess.
Actually, many books DO have TOC's, by the way. Thing is, if this is just a hand-dandy advantage of ereaders (like bookmarking and searches and font size control) what would be a downside?