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Old 11-21-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Question Placing inside-links in your Kindle book to reference different sections

Hi guys,

As I'm preparing my Kindle book, I was thinking, do any of you authors link to the different sections of the book inside? What I mean is, other than the Table of Contents, do you do any more linking inside the book? For example:

Just like you read in Part II (insert link/hyperlink), you will be reading more about it in this part.

Is it too much of a problem to be linking inside the book to other sections/parts of the book? I don't have a Kindle tablet yet, so I don't know if authors do it or if it is possible to do

Thanks you all
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:28 AM   #2
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It's quite common to use hyperlinks to footnotes (or, more properly, endnotes). Many people include a link back from the note to the text, just in case the reader has no "back" button. I've also seen lists of illustrations with links, but I suppose this is a kind of TOC.

There's no reason why you shouldn't use links elsewhere as well, but you'll need to do a lot of testing.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:42 PM   #3
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It's quite common to use hyperlinks to footnotes (or, more properly, endnotes). Many people include a link back from the note to the text, just in case the reader has no "back" button. I've also seen lists of illustrations with links, but I suppose this is a kind of TOC.

There's no reason why you shouldn't use links elsewhere as well, but you'll need to do a lot of testing.
Many thanks! Do you know where I can read and learn on how to insert links in the Kindle book like we are talking about? I managed to find a guide on how to do the ToC but not on how to link inside the book.

Thanks again!
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:43 AM   #4
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Hi Sara

It's very simple to create hyperlinks in the ebook. It's a two-step process:

1) create an anchor in the target file you will link to

2) create a link to this anchor in the file you will link from


For example, using Sigil, you create an anchor using a pair of DIV tags and an ID property in the target / linked-to file just above the place you want to link to:

<div id="ANCHOR_NAME"> </div>


In Sigil this is what you should enter in the file you are linking from:

<p><a href="../Text/FILENAME_OF_LINKED_TO_FILE.xhtml#ANCHOR_NAME">The user will see the text here</a></p>


Obviously both FILENAME_OF_LINKED_TO_FILE and ANCHOR_NAME can be anything you choose, always best to keep them logical! You can, of course, also link to positions within the same file / chapter. And as Martin says, you need to test each link on the Kindle itself.

Hope this helps!
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #5
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Hi Sara

It's very simple to create hyperlinks in the ebook. It's a two-step process:

1) create an anchor in the target file you will link to

2) create a link to this anchor in the file you will link from


For example, using Sigil, you create an anchor using a pair of DIV tags and an ID property in the target / linked-to file just above the place you want to link to:

<div id="ANCHOR_NAME"> </div>


In Sigil this is what you should enter in the file you are linking from:

<p><a href="../Text/FILENAME_OF_LINKED_TO_FILE.xhtml#ANCHOR_NAME">The user will see the text here</a></p>


Obviously both FILENAME_OF_LINKED_TO_FILE and ANCHOR_NAME can be anything you choose, always best to keep them logical! You can, of course, also link to positions within the same file / chapter. And as Martin says, you need to test each link on the Kindle itself.

Hope this helps!
Great thanks, this is what I was looking for but could not find searching it online.

One thing though, I'm using OpenOffice to write the manuscript and I have an online guide that shows me how to put it into Kindle via OpenOffice alone (i.e. not using Sigil). Can I put this same code in OpenOffice or is there any other way to do it via OpenOffice?

Thanks again.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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I haven't used OpenOffice but I'm sure there will be a facility to create anchors and hyperlinks within the document, and I'm sure it won't involve writing any HTML code.

In Microsoft Word an anchor is called a bookmark and you can find them under the Insert menu. Hyperlinks are still hyperlinks.

Create the bookmark at the place you want to link to, and add a hyperlink anywhere in the document where you want to link to that bookmark.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:21 PM   #7
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Creating links is fine but be aware that as the user moves around, the Kindle's Furthest Page Read setting will be affected.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:54 AM   #8
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Great thanks, this is what I was looking for but could not find searching it online.
If you do a Google search for "HTML tutorial", it returns approximately 1.7 million hits. I'm sure that every one of them explains how to do hyperlinks.
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If you do a Google search for "HTML tutorial", it returns approximately 1.7 million hits. I'm sure that every one of them explains how to do hyperlinks.
Did you read each and ever one? If not, then I doubt your assuredness. :P :P
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Did you read each and ever one? If not, then I doubt your assuredness. :P :P
Yes - every one!
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Yes - every one!
Now wait a minute. I am not so sure about that. You might need to check again.

Let us know please.

... by the end of the day, please.
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Did you figure out how to add internal hyperlinks? Its straightforward in Openoffice and similar to Word - but unless you are writing very simply formatted content, you will struggle to go export straight from OO to a well-formatted Kindle book.
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