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Old 01-24-2011, 03:46 PM   #1
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tips/tricks needed; ToC questions from a new Kindle publisher

Our organization is looking into publishing its technical reports for eReaders. I'm testing publishing formats for a Kindle. I'm using a Kindle 2.

I am converting from Word to HTML, cleaning the HTML, and then using Mobipocket Creator to build the opf file on my PC. I then transfer the .opf file to my Kindle 2 via USB and test it.

I have a few questions:

1 How can I populate the "Menu > Go to..." menu selections? I have a feeling that it involves using an .ncx file. Are there instructions for creating this file?

2 In my test opf file, the "Sync to Furthest Page Read" and "Book Description" menu items are grayed out. I have added a book description in the metadata using Mobipocket Creator, but these two items remain grayed out in Menu > Go to". Is there something in particular that I need to do to activate these two menu items?

3 Can additional menu items be added to "Menu > Go to..."?

4 Is there a publishing tips/tricks book, forum, or website that you'd recommend? The users guide that Amazon publishes appears to be written for Kindle readers rather than publishers/developers.

Thank you for any help and/or pointers.
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:43 PM   #2
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1. The "Go To..." menu doesn't relate to the NCX file. On the Kindle, the NCX file enables jumping to previous and next navigation points using the 5-way control button. The "Go To... Start Reading" and "Go To... Table of Contents" menu items are enabled by including appropriate Guide item entries in the OPF file.

2. As a general rule, actions that rely on synching (such as "Sync to Furthest Page Read") will only be active for books that have been bought and downloaded from Amazon.

3. I don't think it's possible to add menu items to the "Go To..." menu.

4. Useful resources for you:

Kindlegen, Kindle Previewer and Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines (PDF)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.htm...cId=1000234621

Kindle Direct Publishing - Community Forums
(excellent resource for info and advice from other users of the Kindle Direct Publishing interface on creating, formatting and publishing ebooks for Kindle)
http://forums.kindledirectpublishing...orumindex.jspa

"Kindle Formatting" by Joshua Tallent
http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Formatt...=A7B2F8DUJ88VZ

I'd also suggest that the MOBI forum here is perhaps a more appropriate forum for asking questions on this subject - the Kindle Developers Corner forum is more for those creating programming hacks and applications for the Kindle.
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Yup, DMS pretty much answered it.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:05 AM   #4
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DMSmillie--thank you so much for the warm welcome, help, and pointers. I didn't think to go to the MOBI forum; I'll go there next. Thanks again (so very much).
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