Book has no Index

Blog – I do not have time to write an index for my book! … Can i just skip it?

Book has no Index The short answer is “No”. You should not skip the index section if you want your book to succeed.

Imagine that you have written a home medical book guide. Sarah, is a mother who purchased your book, and one day she had to stop her child’s arm from bleeding, after an accident she had. She rapidly opens your book. She has no time to examine the book content, so she moves to the index section. As anxious as she is, she looks for the term that comes to her mind “stop bleeding” or “bleed stopping“. Due to your hard work in establishing the best index for your medical guide, In the “S” section of the index, Sarah easily finds the first term that she thought about “stopping bleeding“. Sarah moves to page 231 in the guide where that term refers to in the index, and she was able to take care of her child’s injury in a matter of minutes, because of the reliability of your book and its index.

Now, suppose in the above situation that Sarah opens your home medical book guide, and tries to find the index section, however, she then realizes that there is no index guide! … That will give her impression for how terrible your book guide is! … So, saying that you do not have time to write an index for your medical guide is surely not an excuse for such situation!

You might now say: “I’m now convinced that i should create an index section for my book, but still, i haven’t got time to do that. Furthermore, index building is a very tedious and time-consuming task. I’m not an index builder; I’m a writer!” … I have two easy suggestions for organizing your book index:

  1. We have created a book indexing program called PDF Index Generator to manage and organize your book index tasks. Simply follow its four steps to obtain a professional index. You will need some time to learn how it works, but if you index a lot of books, you will get used to how it works. It will save you a lot of time over doing it by hand, and save your money. You can test the program yourself by downloading its trial edition, which is fully functional, but it just indexes the first 10 pages of any book that you choose. That should suffice you to determine whether or not the process would be straightforward for you to accomplish. You can start by watching the video tutorials to understand how to use the program.

  2. We have also set up a book indexing team to build your book index without you having to do anything. This will save your time, rather than completing such a time-consuming task on your own. Our extremely low prices are the biggest benefit for this. Unlike other indexing services, we determine our costs based on the amount of words in the book rather than the number of pages. That implies you only pay for what you have. We’ve indexed 300-page volumes for as little as USD 200, perhaps less.

It’s now your choice to make the correct decision! Whenever you get the chance, send us a message and we’ll send you an estimate for the amount it would cost to construct your back-of-book index!

Book index cost

Blog – How much does it cost to index a book?

  1. If you have finished writing your non-fiction book content, you will mainly start finalizing the book by preparing some other important sections. One of those sections that every book should have is the index section.

  2. You’re probably wondering if you should employ an indexer or do it yourself when creating a book index. For some authors, the cost of indexing a book is the most important element influencing their selection. If the writer’s budget allows, he may opt to employ an indexer; otherwise, he may have to do it himself.

  3. In most cases, indexers charge around $3.0 and $6.00 per page. The level of complexity of the book subject determines this variation in pricing. It would be far easier to index a book about ‘cooking and recipes’ than it would be to index a book about ‘Data Analysis for Corporate Finance’. One of the primary factors influencing indexing price is this.

  4. When deciding the book index estimate, some sections in the book shouldn’t be indexed. Blank pages, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents, Bibliography are examples of such sections.

  5. The indexer should grab 3 to 10 index entries per each page of the book.

  6. Consider the following scenario: If you have a 300-page book with 250 indexable pages (after excluding the Acknowledgements, Bibliography, and other non-indexable sections), indexing such a book may cost between $750 and $1500. The index for this book should have 750 to 2500 index entries.

  7. We have noticed the wide need for a professional book indexing service with suitable pricing, that’s why we have established a book indexing department, and fortunately we don’t charge per page to index books. We charge per number of words in the book. As an author, that pricing strategy is ideal for you. Consider a 300-page book that costs $300 to index using our ‘charge by amount of words’ strategy, rather than $1000 using the ‘charge by page count’ strategy.

Hopefully this discourse has given you some insight on estimates to index a book, as well as what you may anticipate to pay.  
If you’d like to get a quote for preparing your book index, please contact us, and we will tell you exactly how much would it cost, and the required timeframe to deliver the index attached to your book.
chicago manual of style 17 cover

Blog – What is the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)?

  1. The Chicago Manual of Style is a book created by the University of Chicago Press which was established in 1891. This book is specialized in putting guidelines for how to speak, pronounce & write American English in a right way. It’s the official source for the American language guidelines in the US. They put guidelines for American Grammar & writing any press release.
  2. For ease you can pronounce it as CMOS instead of the long term chicago manual of style.
  3. The book homepage is:
  4. Every couple of years the University of Chicago Press produces a new edition of its famous book “The Chicago Manual of Style” to add new rules, make modifications, as necessary. In 1906 they released their 1st edition, which you can check for Free from here. In Sep 2017 they released their 17th edition. This book now has more than 100 years of wisdom & experience. It’s journey that started from a 200 pages book for the 1st edition, and reached 1100 pages for its current 17th edition. Imagine that!

    CMOS all editions
    Chicago Manual of Style – All editions
  5. Their book is now considered the reference work for authors, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers.
  6. CMOS has a questions & answers section that you can access for Free from here.
  7. They also have a nice Free blog with many knowledgeable posts, and a nice forum but the forum is Not Free. It’s available for subscribers only as explained below. They even have created a stylish clothing & accessories store.
  8. Buying options:
    • You can buy a hard copy of the book, or you can access their book content online on their website with an annual fee. CMOS has more than 1.5 million copies sold till today!
    • The 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style costs $70 from the official website of the book. It costs $49 on Amazon.
    • If the price of the 17th edition is out of your budget, then why not have a look for the used books of the 16th edition of the book? … You can get a copy in a perfect condition from Amazon for as cheap as $12.
    • If you prefer to access the book online, then CMOS offers a $39 annual subscription in average to access the 16th edition & the 17th edition on their website. You can of course try it first before subscribing, by joining their 30-day trial period. CMOS also has a nice forum that you can access when you subscribe to their online edition with your account.
    • As we are specialized in creating indexes for books we should mention that the Indexes chapter from the chicago manual of style book is being sold individually, so if you are looking to read this chapter only from the book, then it’s a good chance to save money and buy this chapter only instead of buying the whole book. You can buy it from Amazon for $12 only.

      CMOS - Indexes chapter
      Indexes Chapter as a book from the Chicago Manual of Style
  9. Finally, if you’re looking to be a professional book indexer, or if you want to create an index for your book, then i strongly suggest that you have a look at our nice book indexing software that we have invented especially to help making the indexing process for books much easier and organized process. We’re also updating this tool every year to be friendly with CMOS rules & guidelines.