Friday, August 26, 2011

The Table of Contents in the digital age

As you probably already know, when Amazon gives the 20 percent free sample read of your ebook to potential buyers, that 20 percent comes from the beginning of your ebook.

And what's at the front of your ebook? Your cover, your title page, your legal statement about the copyright, and your table of contents (TOC). All that stuff eats up a lot of the free 20 percent reading experience.

What can you do to give your reader and potential buyer an opportunity to see your writing, instead of all that other stuff?

Guido Henkel has the answer to that question at The Table of Contents in the digital age. It's to  put the TOC at the back of the ebook.

It's an interesting idea.  Given the increased potential for engaging the reader's interest without the TOC's length interfering, it's worth trying out.

What do you think?

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