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The "Index" from the Menu button

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Initial post: Dec 16, 2011 6:26:23 AM PST
Rob says:
Not sure of the proper terminology for this (since the same word is used for multiple concepts), but some books have an "Index" option when you press the "Menu" button and some do not. I am not referring to the back-of-the-book index that the print version of a book may have and I am not referring to the "indexing" that the Kindle does to facilitate searches.

Instead, I mean that, when you are reading a book and you push the "Menu" button, some books will show an option - separate from the "Go To" option - that actually says "Index." When you choose that option, the Kindle presents a long list of navigational links. The key to rapid navigation, however, is not paging through the links, but TYPING something. As soon as you type a letter, the Kindle takes you to the first link that starts with that letter. If you type another letter, it goes to the first link starting with those TWO letters, etc. One of the best examples of this is the free, Kindle version of the ESV Bible.

My question is this: Is THAT index something that the Kindle, itself, can generate (perhaps relating to the indexing that the Kindle usually does) or is it strictly something that was prepared and included by the publisher of the book (i,e, by their establishing each and every link point to list)?

If the former is correct, then what must one do to be able to have the "Index" option appear on a book's "Menu" button? If it's the latter, however, how may one, given the necessary text (e.g. a different, public-domain version of the bible that isn't, already, so indexed), produce such an index to allow for easier navigation? (I do understand that this second option may not be something for most end-users to undertake, but I have many years of IT experience and would be willing and able to learn this process in order to make some of my more-frequently used, public-domain books easier to navigate.)

Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 10:53:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2013 5:23:16 PM PDT
I see that I am the first reply to your post. Unfortunately, I do not have your answer either, but I have the identical question as you. I also discovered this with the ESV Bible. So, I have a few questions:
1: Other than the various Bibles (from various publishers) in which I have seen this Index in the Menu, have you found any other books that exhibit this behavior? Would you please name them?
2: Have you found out from other sources how to produce such an index when editing and formatting a Kindle book for publication? Please feel free to email me at to correspond about this issue. I have a few tiny tidbits to share with you.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 5:39:34 AM PST
Fud53 says:
Ask amazon Rob...this is just a forum...use the "Help" link.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 6:03:04 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
You might want to remove your email address or you will get spammed.
You are responding to a thread that is from 2011.
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