Why is an Index Important in a Book?

Creating a good quality index will enhance the value of your published work.

If you are debating whether or not to include an index when you submit your manuscript for publishing, or debating the importance of dedicating time and resources into creating the best version of that index, it is important to consider that indexes are what determine how a reader experiences your work. The solution could be investing in the right indexing software to help you achieve a professional index.

A book index, especially if the book is a technical manual or academic work, is a great resource for readers to identify the terms, phrases and subjects they’d like to explore first, rather than having to browse through the whole work. This is why producing a book’s index is one of those often disregarded, but essential parts of publishing. We invite you to produce your first index with a software designed to make the process intuitive and efficient; PubINDEX.

Creating your index with an indexing software like PubINDEX takes away the confusion and expedites the process. Instead of having to figure out how to create an index from scratch, using an indexing software like PubINDEX, will provide you with the tools and guide you through the process of creating your index. PubINDEX is unique in its offering, because it allows you to create your index directly in MS Word and on your manuscript. In addition, each term or concept is created with bi-directional hyperlinking, which makes it easier to make changes and update your index after any reviews. In other words, you are creating a future-proof index: if there are any content changes in your manuscript, your indexed terms will automatically update to the right pages, and you will not have to go through the process of indexing them again.

These are just a few of the benefits of producing your index with PubINDEX. You can see how PubINDEX makes indexing easy here:

If you would like to take a deeper dive into professional indexing, we recommend exploring the resources provided by the American Society of Indexers in their section about Books and Articles about Indexing.