I’m A Fan Of Chapter Titles…
Sure, simple numerically labeled chapters are serviceable, but rather spartan. Fine for nonfiction, yet too sparse for a fiction novel in my opinion.
Why chapter titles? To me a titled section of a book is a bit like an episode of a serialized TV show. When I click on the ToC button on my Nook and see the titles pop up, it helps provide me with a sense of what a book is going to be about. Plus, lets face it chapter titles allow authors to be clever.
I find myself even dividing short stories up into chapters, as I think it helps make it easier to consume. Now I do notice mainstream publishing, not so great at building tables of contents. They actually tend to suck at it. Mostly I think because they treat ebooks as if they are hard copy… throwing them together from existing files and barely reformatting a book to be transformed into an e-book.
- KDP Does Want a Table of Contents in Fiction Works (selfpubauthors.wordpress.com)
- Do You Have a Linked “Table of Contents” for your Kindle Books? (selfpubauthors.wordpress.com)
- Turn a list of topics into a table of contents (everythingscrivener.wordpress.com)
- MS Word: chapters and subheadings (ask.metafilter.com)
- The Road to Digital Publication – Part I (madgeniusclub.com)
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