What Is an Index?


An alphabetical hierarchical arrangement of information and concepts  pertaining to printed  book or digital publications that serves as a conceptual  road map designed to enable readers to locate information quickly and efficiently anytime.


What Are the Basic Principles of Indexing?


The identification of relevant concepts, keywords and analysis of their inter-connectedness  and mapping of complete cohesive conceptual framework of the book for the reader.


Why do books need a good index?


Back of the book index is an essential access and research tool as important as references and bibliographies for a book reader. Like a tourist needs a road map, a book reader needs an  interconnected and a cohesive word map to read the book. It is a sort of  an add-on for promotion and market of non-fiction books. Whether a reader is in a library or a book store after scanning content table, he goes through the index to see whether the topic he is interested has been properly covered or not.


All non-fiction books  and huge web sites generally need to be indexed. When individuals are looking for a specific piece of information, they like to find it fast. A table of contents or web site map is not normally sufficient.


 An index will generally increase your sales. Many libraries require that a book has an index in order to be considered for purchase. In comparing two books on the same subject, a quality index could be a deciding factor.


Why I need professional indexer?


Although it is the responsibility of the author to compile an index , it cannot be done professionally even with the help of a software or a word processor.  Furthermore, the author might feel it difficult to see the book through the eyes of the readers.


 Since a reliable index is both an art and a science, it is more than  an alphabetical list of topics with page numbers. Creating a useful index requires an understanding of the subject matter and of the reader. Keyword/conceptual  analysis, patience, objectivity, speed, technical training, and experience all go into making a decent index.


 A professional indexer can focus on the needs of both the novice reader and the more advanced reader and make all concepts instantly available.


 How long does it  take to index a book?


It depends  on the complexity of the subject matter of the book and how intensive index is going to be.


The indexer reads every page in the book and determines how that page’s content should be described in the index. For some books, a professional indexer can index eight to ten pages an hour. For others, two to three pages per hour might be the limit.  After drafting the entire index, most professionals spend another day or more to edit the final index for accuracy, consistency, and completeness.


What is the Difference Between Dedicated Indexing and Embedded Indexing?


A dedicated index is created by reading the material and retyping the entries, subheads, and locators into a specially designed computer screen. An embedded index is created by inserting codes into the text itself. The advantage of a dedicated index is that the indexer can see the index in the process. Embedded indexing is typically used for e-books, which might be frequently revised.


How Much Will My Index Cost?


There are several ways to charge for an index--by the indexable page, by the entry, by the hour, or by the project. However, I prefer to charge by the indexable page ( the pages that are to be included in the index) and the rate is different books and how intensive you want index to be (entries you want per page)


Most books range between $2.00 and $4.00 per indexable page. If you would wish to get a quick estimate, please click here. This is only intended to give you an immediate approximate cost to provide an index for your project.


You may also request me to offer you an estimate, by filling up the form at this link.


What are the factors that determine how an index may cost?


When you request a quote for book indexing, the following factors  determine  rates:


• Academic, reference and research texts require indexes equal in importance to the textual content, so the time and work involved is greater than the simpler text.  Academic and scholarly texts require more time and work than the simpler text.

• The composite text requires more index entries per page.

• Indexing of figures and tables will require more time to index.

• Foreign language text and terms may require more time to index.

• Incorporating typesetting codes will definitely increase time.

• The number of indexes required (i.e. subject and author indexes) .


Are Rush Projects More Expensive?


Yes, but this depends on how fast an index is needed. Regular clients are often accommodated if possible. A rush project would be a project that requires work on more than 50 pages a day.