Indexing

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.

Trafford offers two types of indexing: An industry-standard index developed by a professional indexer, or, for the cost conscious, a computer-generated keyword index (concordance).

Our computer-generated keyword index is available by the number of entries created:

Up to 500 Entries | Up to 700 Entries |  Up to 1,000 Entries | More than 1,000