Nan Badgett, dba Wordability

Professional Indexing Services


Why index an ebook?


Any work, whether print or electronic, can benefit from a good index. An index is a tool for information access based on content analysis. Unlike search engines, which present results based on patterns, indexes present terms based on concepts, subtopics, and their relationships. For more information, read the Executive Summary: Indexes in ebooks  provided by ASI's Digital Trends Task Force. You can also see a BNA study, Using Online Indexes. (Both documents are distributed with permission.)

 

Whether producing a new ebook or converting an existing title, there are solutions to the technical aspects of producing indexes for ebooks and electronic documents. Just ask!

Why use a professional indexer?

 

Professional indexers are well-versed in standard indexing practices and the characteristics of a good index. We produce quality indexes that meet readers’ needs and publishers’ guidelines while you do what you do best—write, edit, layout, and market. We work quickly and meet deadlines!

What does the indexer need from you?

 

  • Subject of text and type of material
  • Number of pages or length of document
  • Page proof or document delivery date
  • Delivery method (email, FTP, DropBox, etc.)
  • Document format (PDF, etc.)
  • Deadline date for completed index
  • Guidelines or style sample if applicable
  • Length limit or line count for index
  • Parts of book to be indexed (appendices, figures, illustrations)
  • Sample chapter if requested by indexer





Does my book need an index?


If you are producing a nonfiction work, the short answer is yes. Indexes help readers find information and influence purchase decisions by consumers and libraries. A good index will enhance your book by providing a map to its content.

Q and A

Quality Indexes; On-time delivery