How to Create an ePub Book – The Structure

Part I is here!

So you’ve really done it!

Tried Sigil, typed some few words, then save. Check with reader… success!

Then, you tried adding a new page, typed some few words again. Save. Check with reader…. and i cannot see the 2nd page. What gives?

It would seem that something is missing before the second page shows up properly in the ePub.

Part II: The Table of Contents (ToC)

When you have multiple html pages in your ePub, you won’t be able to see the succeeding pages when you try to view your ePub in your favorite reader.

Technically, though, you could just use ONE page for your ePub. I mean, no one’s really stopping you to do that, and it works. But i’m not here to encourage you to do that.

It works, but it’s just not proper. You’re better off using Microsoft Word if you’re gonna do that.

Okay! You convinced me. What do i need?

You need to learn Table of Contents, and headers. These two work hand in hand. You need to learn and apply headers on your contents, and use these headers to PROPERLY CREATE a ToC (i’ll be abbreviating Table of Contents from now on).

Nice! Table of Contents and Headers. How do i do that?

First, learn about headers.

Headers, are… well, i think it is much better to show you, than explain it to you.


and now that i have defined some headers, i can now create a ToC.


Visually, headers just have different formatting. With header 1 with the highest font size, and header 6 with the smallest font size. What is more important is that headers are used in ToC. Header 1 are the 1st-level in ToC, down to Header 6.

Hold Up! Just what did you do?!

In Sigil, headers are located here:


Select a line, click on any of the headers, and the header is applied. Once applied, then you can generate ToC. To generate ToC, just press CTRL+T. Or you can refer to the pic below.


Sweet! So this is how to use headers, and how to generate ToC! But what does that have to do with multiple pages?

Well, having said all these things at these point should warrant the usefulness for multiple pages, and you don’t need me to explain that.

You can pretty much create a decent epub with many chapters, with proper ToC by following these guides.

But, i’ll explain the rest in the next part.


2 thoughts on “How to Create an ePub Book – The Structure

  1. I appreciate the reply, but the aim of these “tutorials” is to guide the user on what needs to be done in order to create an ePub. These tips are not limited to Sigil application, and can be, in fact, applied to other applications such as Calibre, Adobe InDesign, BlueGriffon, etc even Word.

    These tips are meant to be learned.

    Now, if i just want to rip some site, then by all means, use all those extensions. They function very well for that, I even vouch for them.

    But you won’t learn how to create an ePub by yourself.


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