At the beginning of this year, Maureen MacGlashan, editor of The Indexer, came up with the idea of publishing collections of Indexer articles based around particular themes. We had already made every single issue, right back to 1958, available online but being told ‘there’s 54 years of articles – what you want is in there somewhere’ is understandably a bit daunting. Having the best and most relevant articles selected for you would be useful.
At first, we thought of publishing the collections as paper books through the print-on-demand company, Lulu, which I have used for a long time and through which we recently started publishing single issues/back issues of The Indexer. Looking at the costs, it became clear that we could achieve the same income for the The Indexer but with much lower prices for purchasers by producing an ebook. Essentially, we eliminated the cost of printing, packing and shipping heavy paper. I had already made a Society publication, OP5 Indexing Children’s Books, available on Kindle, with a linked index, in 2011. We would need this new book to be available on all platforms, including for those without eReaders, but how hard could it be?
Continue reading “Producing an eBook – How hard can it be?”
I think many of us use MS Word and if you use it often then it is worth looking at the keyboard shortcuts available regularly to see which would be of help for the tasks you frequently. The full lists are available online, for Word2010 (including a quick reference card) and for earlier versions
These are a few of the lesser known ones which I find really helpful. Continue reading “Tips for MS Word”
As indexers we rely upon our technology for our business and our livelihoods, yet very often we take it for granted. What we should all do from time to time (OK, at least once!) is a risk assessment. Large companies do these regularly and they can have significant benefits.
So how do you do a risk assessment? Continue reading “Assessing Risk”
Every year, when we have a dry spell followed by heavy rain, the electricity supply to my house trips out and, almost immediately, comes back on, but not before causing my computer to restart. This year this happened 6 times in one day, losing me several hours work, and I firmly resolved (again) to get round to buying an Uninterruptable Power Supply. However, laptops use batteries Continue reading “Use multiple machines and avoid UPS”
When Amazon first introduced Kindle, way back in 2007, they said it did not support indexes. In 2011 this has not changed – the Formatting Guide at Kindle Direct Publishing says, under Creating Back Matter:
Back matter consists of the last pages in your book which provides additional information the reader should know about, such as Bibliographies, Appendices, Notes or Glossaries… Indexes are not recommended at this time.
Kindle Direct Publishing
Continue reading “Kindle and the Index”
A recent discussion on an indexing discussion list got me thinking that what indexers needed was a guide to everything they didn’t know about the future indexing technologies. So here it is. Continue reading “Future publishing technologies and indexes”
At some time we all experience that awful feeling when we realize that the due date on an invoice has passed and we have not received the money. The prospect of having done the work for nothing raises it head, or the possibility of having been conned. At the very least we are going to have to spend time chasing the debt rather than doing what we would like to be doing. Continue reading “Handling Late Payments”
Knowing how long you spend on each job is critical for an indexer (or at least any indexer who hopes one day to raise their prices). The indexing programs will record how much time you spend actually working with a particular file but other time spent on the index can be just as important. Continue reading “Time tracking with Grindstone”
A great, free utility which I came across recently is DropBox.com. It is an offsite, online, secure backup and synchronization facility, but that makes it sound far too complicated. In fact it is a folder on your desktop which you can access from anywhere and from any machine. Continue reading “DropBox”
Another free utility, which I now use all the time, is Google Calendar. There are many calendar programs around, but this one is well designed, easy to use and has great calendar sharing facilities. Continue reading “Google Calendar”