To maximize the usability of a nonfiction title, readers, book buyers, librarians, and reviewers will expect you to include an index in your book. You can even sell your book to readers by the index. Readers usually turn to the back, scan the detailed list of highlighted topics, and think, “This is just what I want. Everything I need on this topic is in this book.” Readers use an index to access to specific information or subjects they are interested in.
- Book buyers, librarians, researchers, and academics often buy books based on the detail and functionality of the index.
- Reviewers will recommend a book with a good index and will review badly those books that contain a poorly constructed index or have no index at all.
- Many librarians will not purchase a book without an index.
Computer-Generated Keyword Index (Concordance)
- A computer-generated keyword index lists a page number for a key term each time it occurs in the book.
Please note: a concordance-type index has no logical organization other than alphabetization, and only exact word matches can be indexed using the approach.
What You Need to Know
We can generally complete this service in two to three weeks depending on our work queue and the complexity of your work. The cost is $400.00. To learn more or to order our indexing service up to 1,000 entries, please call 888.519.5121. We'll guide you through the process.