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Old 07-25-2010, 10:56 AM   #1
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Ebook chapter titles: with or without chapter number?

Consider a book that is meant to be distributed as an ebook, not also in printed form. What is the most appropriate way of marking the beginning of chapters? With just the chapter title? Example:
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This is my awesome chapter title
Or mabye with some indication of the chapter number? Examples:
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Chapter 1
This is my awesome chapter title

1. This is my awesome chapter title
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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Either . it is your choice ....

A poll on contents of epubs was started http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90404
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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I'd always go for a chapter number, purely for ease of reference. Without chapter numbers, it's very cumbersome for someone to say which chapter they are talking about.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:51 AM   #4
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Either . it is your choice ....

A poll on contents of epubs was started http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90404
But it hasn't got anywhere yet; I've been overwhelmed with other things. I'll add that question, about chapter headings, when I can get back to the survey.

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Old 07-29-2010, 07:58 PM   #5
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I use chapter numbers along with the chapter heading. It keeps things nice and linear.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:01 AM   #6
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I prefer a chapter number heading, with the option of a chapter subheading if the author chooses.
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:08 AM   #7
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I like a number in there somewhere.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:50 AM   #8
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I like a number in there somewhere.

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Old 07-30-2010, 09:53 PM   #9
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I think it entirely depends on the project. One book might be better served with chapter numbers, another might benefit from their absence.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:34 PM   #10
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I would use a chapter number with a heading so it can be referenced by both.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:19 PM   #11
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As a user of text-to-speech, I like having the numbers. Otherwise if I'm not looking at my Kindle, the book will read weirdly. Not only will it be like an unfinished sentence in the middle of things, but chapters tend to change the settings and it can be confusing.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:10 PM   #12
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It depends entirely on the book. Authors spend time and imagination crafting their chapter titles-- whether to have numbers, titles, both, or none, and what those titles are, just like any other feature of their book.
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One or the other. Numbered chapters are primarily there for books in which the author didn't bother coming up with any chapter titles. I can't see the point in both.
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It depends entirely on the book. Authors spend time and imagination crafting their chapter titles-- whether to have numbers, titles, both, or none, and what those titles are, just like any other feature of their book.
Wow! That's a killer of a book cover in your avatar, Wesley. I'm going to be off after the first book in the series and look at the blurb just on the strength of it. I'd like to meet the girl with those eyes.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:56 PM   #15
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Depends on the ebook... is it fiction? non-fiction? a collection of short works? poetry? etc?
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