Your Table of Contents
Vellum will automatically create your book’s Table of Contents.
In your ebook, this will include links to the chapters of your book.
In your print edition, the Table of Contents lists the page number for each chapter.
When you create a new book in Vellum,
you will find the Contents element near
the beginning of your book:
The Table of Contents typically appears
after front matter such as any Title Pages,
Copyright, Dedication, or Epigraph.
If you’d like to move the Table of Contents,
you can use drag and drop to do so.
Because the Table of Contents element is
automatically added to any new book,
you usually won’t need to add one yourself.
If you do,
you can add a Table of Contents using the Add Element menu.
Ebook and Print
By default, Vellum will only include a Table of Contents in ebooks.
If you’d like a Table of Contents in your print edition as well, use the
menu item found in the gear menu next to the title:
If you’d rather not include a Table of Contents in either edition,
you can remove the Contents element entirely.
Including a TOC in your ebook, however, is
Ebook Table of Contents
In your ebook, each entry in the Table of Contents is a
link to the appropriate element in your book. Readers
can follow these links to skip to a section of your book.
Print Table of Contents
When included in your print edition,
the Table of Contents lists the page number for each element of your book:
Front matter elements, like an Introduction, will use Roman
numerals (i, ii, iii) for page numbers.
Elements in your Table of Contents
To create your Table of Contents, Vellum uses the structure
you’ve defined in the Navigator. Reorder your chapters, or experiment with
where you position elements: your
Table of Contents will be updated immediately.
The Table of Contents will exclude any elements that
appear before it.
In addition, the following elements
will always be excluded, regardless of their position
in your book:
Chapters within Parts
If your book contains Parts,
you’ll find an additional control:
By default, the Table of Contents will list each Part and the Chapters inside it.
If you’d prefer to only see the Parts, select
Exclude chapters within Parts.
You’ll find a similar control if your book contains Volumes,
such as when you are creating a Box Set.
The Logical TOC
The Logical TOC (sometimes called an NCX file) is a hidden
file that informs reading software of the structure of your book,
and is required by all ebook platforms.
Regardless of whether your book uses a Table of Contents element,
Vellum will always include a Logical TOC in your ebooks.