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Your Table of Contents

Though not always included in printed works of fiction, a Table of Contents is an important part of any eBook, as it gives the reader an overview of the elements in the book and allows her to quickly navigate through them.

By default, the Table of Contents will be included as a page in your eBook, and this document includes information about how to customize it.

Automatic Creation

Vellum creates your Table of Contents automatically.

To do so, Vellum uses the structure you’ve defined in the Navigator. Reorder your chapters, or experiment with where you position elements like Acknowledgments and you’ll find an updated Table of Contents every time you generate eBooks.


You can navigate the contents of your book using the Previous and Next Chapter buttons in the Preview:

You can also use the middle Contents button to go directly to any element, including the Table of Contents:


The presentation of your book’s Table of Contents can be customized using Table of Contents Settings, available from from the Chapter menu and the Navigator’s gear menu:

This will display the following settings for your book:

Inserting the TOC

Uncheck Insert at Beginning if you’d rather not include a Table of Contents in your book. Readers will still be able to navigate its contents through the interface of their reading devices.

Note: This switch removes the ​HTML TOC​, a page which is strongly recommended by Amazon. It does not affect the ​Logical TOC​, which is required by all vendors and is always included as part of your eBook.

Part & Volume Contents

If you’re creating a box set, or you’ve structured your book with parts, you can use the List elements in checkboxes to control whether the chapters within are included in the Table of Contents. (You may wish to change this, for example, for a box set with many Volumes.)

Numbering Chapters

By default, chapter numbering will continue across each Part of your book, but will reset back to Chapter 1 for each Volume. You can customize this behavior using the Reset across checkboxes.

And if you are writing a series and would like the first chapter of your book to start at a number other than 1, use the Initial chapter text field.