Now you have finished a non-fiction book. You need it to be indexed. Back of the book index is an essential access and research tool for a book reader, as valuable as references and bibliographies. A tourist needs a road map; a book reader needs an interconnected and a cohesive word map. If your book is an ocean of words, the index is the fishing rod that helps to catch the right kind of fish.


Likewise, a sort of add-on for promotion and market of the non-fiction books. Whether the reader is in a library or a bookstore after scanning the table of contents of the book, he goes through the index to see if the topic of his interest has been properly covered or not.


Although it is currently under the responsibility of the author to compile a book index, but it is usually done professionally by book indexers. The software or word processor can give you a poor quality index.  These are merely tool that helps a professional indexer in the process of book indexing. Indexes are judged to be original works of authorship. In compliance with section 102 of the United States Copyright Act, and are entitled to copyright registration.


I am a professional book indexer and provide affordable book indexing services. I assure that my index enhances the book value in the eyes of the reader. Through index entries that look like multi-prong thread, I weave a web around the whole book so that the reader can easily read any segment, topic or keyword anytime he wants to read. Book Indexing Fees:


My charges for indexing are prepared on the basis of a “per page” rate, ranging from as little as $2.00 to $4.00 per indexable page. These rates reflect both the time required for indexing and difficulty of the text.


The pages that carry relevant information including figures or graphs for the index are considered indexable page except the front and back matter.


A lot of things have to be decided before we can start book indexing. For example, how much space will be allowed for an index? Are you trying to fit the index in a specific number of lines or can the index be as long as needed?


How many indexes? A single index which includes both authors and subjects is generally the easiest to use. Author indexes are sometimes done separately, often for space purposes. For marketing purposes, a separate company/product index might be included. Remember a reader can be frustrated by multiple indexes.  How many levels will be allowed? Most books can be indexed with two levels.


Are strings of page numbers acceptable or should subheads be supplied for most locators. Most publishers will allow for a string of no more than 5 page numbers without subheads.


Should the main entry start with a capital letter or a lower-case letter. Traditionally, main entries were capitalized. But this seems to be changing. It often follows subject matter. Computer books and children's books are often lower case. The number of subheads can be one factor in deciding.


Should illustrations and tables be called out? Some  publications  include abbreviations indicating illustrations, graphs, maps, and photographs. Medical books generally include references to tables, figures, and boxes.


Should full or abbreviated page numbers be used? This is one way of conserving space. Full pages are generally used in children's and medical books, but most trade and text books will use abbreviated page numbers.


Should the index be indented or run-on style? The run-on style will save some space, but is harder on the user. The Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition also has added a combination of the two. The first subhead is indented and the subsubheads are run-in.


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 may involve more work.


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


Difficult and complex text usually requires more index entries per page than simpler text, and therefore requires more time to index.


• 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) .