Making scenes, instead of folders, titles for eBook?

It’s my understanding that folders in your Scrivener project are converted into HTML titles for the Table of Contents for an eBook. However, due to the way my book is formatted (100 chapters each titled “Chapter the First,” not Chapter 1 or Chapter One) each with a specific chapter name too, I’m having trouble. I want Scrivener to generate my titles for an eBook from the Scenes, NOT from the folders. Is that possible?

Can you just turn the Scenes into folders? The Documents -> Convert -> To Folder command will accomplish that.


Yeah, that’s one way of going about it, but how things are titled and exported is all set up in the Formatting compile option pane. There is really nothing special about folders in particular that makes them export titles—rather your compile settings are set up to assume you’ve got a selection of “invisible” scene files that are grouped together into folders which represent “visible” structural components in the book; i.e. chapter titles with a page break and perhaps even an entry in a ToC somewhere. That’s just an arbitrary structure derived from the template you chose. If you want, you can have individual file items be chapters and have all folders wholly invisible; which is what it sounds like you want.

I think both of those responses will help me with my problem. It works fine for most of my compiles, except when doing an eBook because Folders are the only way to make new chapters in the Table of Contents (or so I assume). I’ve read elsewhere that you can also add to your TOC by making documents that just have a page break before them? I’ll have to try that.

Thank you both for your advice, I’ll try to implement those fixes right now.

Yeah, it’s the “page break” (actually section break, for e-books) that is the trigger. It just so happens that under default settings a folder following a text file generates a page break—but this can be altered in Separators. If for instance your book is just a long series of text items, you could insert page breaks in between text items and dispense with using folders entirely.

That all makes sense now. Thanks for answering my questions.