Smashwords requires a lot of front matter (TOC and Copyright pages) for their publication. But won't all of that front matter effect the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon? I'm especially speaking of [b]short stories[/b]. I wouldn't want anyone looking to buy my stories and all they see is the TOC and not my wonderful first paragraph or at least the first line. I'm sure it doesn't hurt books because you have more of the file for Look Inside to work with.[b][/b]
You're right - that's how the Smashwords guide recommends you format your book. I did this for my Smashwords editions, but remember - Smashwords don't yet ship to Amazon. So for my Amazon edition, I put all of the front matter (about the author, acknowledgements, etc.) at the back of the book.
Also be aware that Look Inside takes a percentage (almost certainly 10 percent) of your book, as does the downloadable sample, making it essential to push the inessential to the back of the book. And the shorter the book, the more important this is.
Anoter way around the "Pile-up" of front matter stuff
shortening the sample is to have an "Action Packed"
excerpt included in the front stuff after the cover,
and before the TOC!
If you like, at the end of the excerpt you can add a
hyperlink to the first chapter that allows the book
purchaser tobypass the "logjam of stuff at the
problem with all these "work arounds" is Gander Principle, ie you only make ONE version so if a customer buys the book he/she gets this exact same "all out of order" mess and is most likely to return it
our solution is a totally separate flippage where YOU get to nominate which pages to include