Well, you could always buy a copy of Adobe Acrobat, which is actually designed solely for the purpose of creating and editing PDF files.
Or you could import the file into Calibre, convert it to ePub format, edit the ePub to add the table of contents, then convert it back to PDF.
There are other free tools for working with PDF directly. If you do a Google ...
k2pdfopt (free, open source) can also do this by supplying a text file. See the -toclist option. Use like so:
k2pdfopt -mode copy -n -toclist my_chapter_list.txt srcfile.pdf -o outfile.pdf
...where my_chapter_list.txt is a simple ASCII file with page numbers beginning each line, e.g.
2 Table of Contents
5 Chapter 1
25 Chapter 2
I will extend on @Donald's answer but I would also like to note I do not recommend, personally for quality issues, ever using Calibre for ebook development.
As stated I would suggest getting a copy of Acrobat and you can (for this example I am using Acrobat X Standard but note the I have not seen any difference in the shortcut buttons BUT the GUI has ...
There are also free tools that allow editing/adding bookmarks. A cross platform example is jPdf Tweak.
It is a little clumsy to use, but you can create the table of contents in your favourite spreadsheet program, export as csv and then just import it.
Both Sigil and Calibre can edit or create a TOC for .epub books.
In Sigil, once you have opened your ebook, press Ctrl+T
, and you will open a window where you can generate the TOC from the various h1, h2, h3 (and so on) tags, you can manually select how deep to go in the header hierarchy.
Inside Calibre, select the ebook, press K, and you will get another ...
Probably the best approach for this would be to treat each category as a chapter. The whole point of chapters in a book is to control the order in which a reader proceeds through the book. It sounds like you want to ensure that each category is read in a specific order, so your next step would be to decide just what that order should be.
If you still want ...
I am used to a simple and free tool that adds clickable bookmarks to PDF or DjVU files: http://handyoutlinerfo.sourceforge.net/.
You first have to prepare (and import in the tool) bookmarks entered in a text file as an indented list of labels and pages. Then the tool creates them in the document as bookmarks you can open/reduce and click on using the left ...
Jpdfbookmark can work for scanned books
Prepare the TOC in .txt file
Chapter 1. The Beginning/23
Para 1.1 Child of The Beginning/25,FitWidth,96
Para 1.1.1 Child of Child of The Beginning/26,FitHeight,43
Chapter 2. The Continue/30,TopLeft,120,42
Para 2.1 Child of The Beginning/32,FitPage
You can OCR the TOC and use regex to fix it.
THIS PART IS EDITED
For 'software-generated' PDF-files, i.e. PDF's not created from scans, I recommend to use (and upvote the answer by Krasjet) pdf.tocgen. Using this package becomes even easier with the toc-mode package for (Spac)Emacs described next.
For all other PDF and DJVU documents there is a new package called toc-mode for Emacs, which in my opinion ...
Since the CBZ format is not standardised, there are some pitfalls if you try to achieve this.
The best you can do is render the ToC as an image and add it at the front of list of image files contained in the CBZ.
Adding an extra file with the ToC information might break existing readers, if that ToC is not an image file.
An alternative is to load the data ...
First, we need to define our terms more precisely.
EPUB 2 uses the toc.ncx file to produce a machine-processed table of contents. It is not human readable but automatically appears in most ebook reading platforms.
EPUB 3 allows the use of toc.ncx (for back compatibility reasons) but also allows a (human readable) "navigation document", which is an HTML5 ...
Define what is: "fix it at the first place".
If you want to fix wrong output from OCR analysis, a simple solution on an infinite set of TOCs you will never make.
You will never apply all variations. You would have to create a machine learning algorithm that would analyze each TOC variant.
Or count substrings of the same characteristics (in simple TOC).
First, I don't have any insight into CLI calibre and you might get a better answer from Mobileread or by posting a bug, but my guess is that the # character must be reserved exclusively for fragment identifiers for HTML. So it is most likely a feature, not a bug.
Think about it. If the file name were allowed to contain a #, then you would not be able to ...
The Amazon Publishing Guidelines has sample code for making a nested html TOC.
It's on page 16
<div style="margin-left:2%;">Chapter 1</div>
<div style="margin-left:2%;">Chapter 2</div>
<div style="margin-left:2%;">Chapter 3</div>
<div style="margin-left:4%;">Subchapter 1</div&...
I'm guessing that you are asking the question in the wrong way: you actually want to hide the HTML entries from the TOC so that the TOC doesn't spoil any surprises. I have good news. In epub3 you can create a navigation page and hide all the entries in that TOC.
Let me explain some basics. The terminology can be confusing because initially Kindle required ...
Just a suggestion but you could try:
Outputting your DOCX format to html from within MS-Word,
Making sure that it all works including the ToC, when it is in HTML format, preferably using more than one browser, and then
Converting the HTML format to MOBI from within Calibre -
This will save Calibre from having to deal with 2 formats at once, (DOCX & ...
Calibre editor has a graphical interface that lets you edit the ToC of a given ebook file (the ToC editor itself is accesible also from the default window, without the need to open the full editor).
You can select different ways to create the ToC, I think that in your case you should experiment by selecting "major headings" or "all headings".
@Morne's answer is correct; you cannot totally disable the NCX file but of course you don't have to put anything (or very much) in it.
However, another option might be to build an ePub 3 file - the NCX is optional in ePub 3, so you could just omit it.
That said, I do not know how existing readers render ePubs which do not contain an NCX.
You cannot deactivate/remove the ncx file. As the epub will not validate without it. Why dont you just simply remove all the links from within it, that way, if a reader does open it up in a sidebar it will simply show a blank screen. Not really user friendly though. I would recommend you add atleast one entry, pointing to the start of your book or your "...
I wrote an open source command line toolset called pdf.tocgen just for doing this. It uses the embedded font attributes and position information of headings to generate a table of contents automatically.
For example, for the PDF version Paul Graham's On Lisp, available for download on his website but comes without a table of contents. You could use the ...