Non-fiction readers expect to find an index in the back of your book. They also expect your information to be completely accurate. You can hire fact checkers and indexers through PPG to help you accomplish this.
So, what exactly is an index, and why would anyone look for one at the back of your book if that book already has a table of contents at the beginning? Tia Leschke (2010) explained it perfectly with this comment, “A good index is a roadmap to information. It leads readers to all the information on a particular subject, and it also leads readers to related information that might interest them.”
Where a non-fiction book’s table of contents can direct readers to whole sections of a book where they might find a particular topic of interest, an alphabetized index takes it a step further by allowing readers to pinpoint the exact pages within the book where specific names or terms can be located. For example, an author might want to refer back to a specific detail in a book that discusses “print-on-demand (POD)” technology, but he or she may not recall exactly which page that detail is on. The quickest way to find it is by referring to the index at the back of the book where all the possible pages are indicated together in one place beside that term.
Indexes can be as helpful in ebooks as they are in paperbacks and hardcovers. PPG automatically produces an Adobe PDF/DRM ebook along with the POD paperback or hardcover version of each author’s book; therefore, the ebooks are formatted consistently with the index intact. We also employ a professional ebook conversion company whose staff knows how to adjust that index within the new file format to ensure it remains intact.
The indexing portion of PPG’s book publishing process is completed immediately after the self-publishing author has approved the final interior design of the book in .PDF format. From there, the approved .PDF is sent to the indexer to complete the index in MS Word format based on this final word placement, and that MS Word.doc is then returned to the designer to pop into the back matter of the book. From here, the first hard copy (physical proof) of the book is printed and sent to one of PPG’s professional proofreaders for yet another once over with yet another fresh set of eyes. Attention to detail is critical in the book publishing process, and we make sure every section of every book receives equal attention to detail by our qualified team.
Make no mistake, many non-fiction readers will scan through the index at the back of a book before making a buying decision on that book. If they’re unable to find the specific information they’re looking for, they won’t make the purchase. That’s how important an index is, so be sure you include one in your non-fiction book.
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