EMPLOYEE0Thanks for writing us about this. For technical reasons, we currently aren't showing tables of contents for some categories of books, like many Early Release ebooks and ebooks we distribute for other publishers.
We do want to make TOCs available for all the books we sell, so we're working on this.
Thank you for asking, and I hope we'll be improving this soon.
I'm a HUGE fan of O'Reilly books, esp. the e-editions.
Really wished you could get the table of contents made available, I have to go to Amazon to see the table of contents. Do you know why amazon can make this available and you can't, even for books that are not early release? (e.g., R Packages)?
thanks again for the books and services you do!
Your question was well timed. We just rolled out a feature that now gives you access to the TOC for almost all of our books.
Over the weekend we launched 'search inside and read' which allows customers to browse the contents of books they've purchased and read them online -- it also allows user who have not purchased the product yet to view the full TOC of most of our products, and allows them to search and read a few pages in the book.
For instance R Packages has a link above the cover now called "Search inside and read" which when clicked brings the user to our 'library' area:
Now the user can browse the full toc and even read parts of the product before they purchase it.
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