Hey Johnny. This e-book isn't meant to be printed in its entirety, nor is it meant to be read on the computer.
It is meant to be read on an e-reader such as an iPad and a Kindle. Using those devices, you would transfer the ePub version of the file, which would give you a complete table of contents both on the iPad and the Kindle. Problem solved!
Why the PDF version? Because some people are still very comfortable with that format. It is also an efficient way to print multiple Steve Pavlina posts in a row (such as his raw foods daily posts). One simply has to use the search function to find the post and input the page number into the Print screen.
Besides, the way I used this e-book was to be able to read Steve's entire blog from beginning to finish without hurting my eyes from computer strain and using an e-reader instead. In that case, a table of contents wouldn't be useful and I would just use an iPad or a computer if I needed a specific article.
As for the links, they never played an important part in Steve's blog. Besides his blog posts on humour, Steve never makes a habit of delegating his articles to others and prefers to have all-original content on his blog. In fact, the older his blog got, the less links he used. In other words, the newer the post, the less chance there is that you would find a link in it (probably because he realized how valuable back links from him were getting to be).
Not being able to access a link never hindered my comprehension, and I've been reading my own e-book for months now. (1000 articles is a lot.) In your example sentence, the point of the sentence was that the mistake cost them dearly. It isn't necessary to know the details, since that was not the point of Steve's article. For the curious mind, you'd just look up that article on the iPad or the computer you were on, and you're good to go.