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Dean Hannotte

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Formatting a table of contents and index
Posted: Apr 14, 2016 1:01 AM
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If I want the printed version of my Kindle book to have a table of contents and an index, must I use Microsoft Word, which is good at formatting these things on request, or are there other file formats that create these things automatically? (I'd rather format a .PDF file.)

Also, if I have to use Microsoft Word, which version(s) is/are acceptable? I only have Word 2003.
William Thompson

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Re: Formatting a table of contents and index
Posted: Apr 14, 2016 6:14 AM   in response to: Dean Hannotte in response to: Dean Hannotte
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Hi Dean...Well as far as I can see, you probably have three options for creating a TOC and Index for an imprint book from your Kindle ebook.

1. Purchase and use Adobe InDesign. This is the publishing industry standard for imprint books and gives the best book quality. Unfortunately this app is costly, although I continually hear people say that the cloud version of InDesign is only $25 a month. Is that payment forever? Well that works out to $300 dollars a year. Forever? Only publishers and royalty can get that back as a business tax rebate. So this option might be somewhat costly for you.

2. Alot of people do use Word for imprint books. It will certainly do the job of converting your book to a PDF -- just choose File --> Print -->Print to PDF for best PDF print quality. Of course Word will also cost you if you don't already own a copy.

3. The Free and easy option. Download and use either WPS Writer from Kingsoft or AbiWord . Both these apps also have the Print to PDF facility which is exacty the same as the MS Word version.

Any version of MS Word is good, but I would perhaps go for Word 2010 as a preference which is what I always use and this version gives me no problems.
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