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#1 Paul Dillon

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:00 PM

I've noticed that a number of Kindle books default to opening at Chapter One rather than the cover page. I'm debating which option to choose.

Perhaps one advantage of starting at Chapter One lies with the book sample. I'm guessing that most readers will download the sample before buying and it may be better to have the reader get right into the story rather than wading through pages of front matter.

Any thoughts on this?

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:46 PM

I like starting at the cover page. This is just my preference because when it starts at chapter one I feel like I've missed something and I go back anyway. So it doesn't help me in any way. I can see the benefit of starting on chapter one, I just don't like it.
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:05 AM

I don't have any strong preference. What I think is more important is that separate chapters and the like are correctly identified in the table of contents or sidebar.



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

Personally prefer starting from the cover page. That is, as long as there isn't a zillion pages between that and Chapter One. There've been one or two ebooks that had lengthy acknowledgements and multi-page TOCs and the bibliography in the font and.... It was a nightmare of swiping to get to the right page. I like seeing the cover, though, because it makes me feel like it's more like a physical book.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

Out of curiosity, if you're using Calibre to make a MOBI file, what is the best way to make the book (on kindle) open up on the cover rather than the next page?



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 08:17 AM

Just wanted to chime in on the original question - I hate that most Kindle books start with chapter one. Sometimes it even skips the prologue! I don't understand why that's become a trend. My very strong preference for novels on the Kindle is to start with the cover.






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