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 can 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.” See how else indexing can improve your chance of successful bookselling:

  • 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.

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

Professional Index*

Our professional indexers will provide you with an industry-standard, two-level topical index that is personalized to provide maximum usability for the book's target audience. The professional indexer analyzes your entire book, anticipating line items your reader will most likely want to find and listing them in an intuitive, accessible manner. The high-quality index is the standard found throughout the publishing industry. 

Computer-Generated Keyword Index (Concordance) 

A computer-generated keyword index lists a page number for a key term each time it occurs in the book. You simply provide iUniverse with a list of words that you want to appear in the index. iUniverse will create an index by tagging the selected words during the production process. The resulting alphabetical list of keywords gives the page numbers for each occurrence of the word. 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