Indexing The Print Version Of “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia” Exploiting Adobe Acrobat

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This is what my two monitors look like right now. I am in the throes of indexing the print version of “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia“. eBooks don’t need an index. One of the FEW ‘nice’ things about eBooks. The whole book is completely searchable, electronically. By the same token, if a book is listed on Amazon with ‘Look Inside’ enabled or on Google books, you don’t really need an index on the printed book. You can search the book using ‘Look Inside‘ — something I do frequently, even if I have the printed book sitting on my desk! Much quicker than thumbing through a printed book. But, most don’t appreciate what can be done electronically. So I have to provide an index, because a non-fiction book without an index is like apple pie minus the ice cream.

Yes, Word provides you with an indexing capability. Alas, I can’t use it. I am set in my ways as to how I write and publish my books — and I am not going to bother trying to change now. It is a formula that works for me, and whatever else you may say, my productivity when it comes to writing/publishing cannot really be faulted too much. [Yes, I know, it took me 5 months to get this book done. I should have done better if I worked harder (though not smarter)].

The biggest ‘hurdle’ is that I write my books on a Chapter basis — each chapter a stand-alone Word document. I produce a book my compiling the PDFs of each chapter into a single PDF. It works. Works for me. When it comes to the indexing I use the compiled PDF and Adobe’s EXCELLENT search capability to find all the occurrences of a subject keyword. Works for me. Might not be the fastest and most efficient way, but I find it ‘relaxing’. Plus I can be sure that I am indexing the right things.

So, I end up with three windows: one for the Index document (in word), the other for the compiled PDF and the third for the search results.

Anyway, must run. Have to finish the Index. More later.

Yes, thanks for asking … the book is doing quite well. Check the Amazon rankings.

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