Starting an Indexing Business, Fourth Edition is now available for purchase and download as an Ebook.
Starting an Indexing Business, Fourth Edition Edited by Enid L. Zafran Print Publication Date: July, 2009, Regular Price: $25.00
ASI Member Price: $20.00
This edition of the must-have reference for new and aspiring freelance indexers includes advice on these topics and more:
* Setting up an indexing business
* How indexers learn their trade and stay up-to-date
* Finding clients and setting fees
* Packagers: Who are they and what do they do?
* Indexing while holding a full-time job
* Liability issues
The ebook also includes a sample Letter Agreement setting out terms between an indexer and author, a mini-salary survey with insight into the earnings potential in the field, and a handy business start-up checklist.
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Links Recommended by Diana Witt (former ASI President)
Interested indexers might want to read the article by Robert Darnton in the April 25, 2013 edition of the NY Review of Books on the launching on April 18th of the Digital Public Library of America. Whether you approve of this venture or not, it is an interesting collaborative experiment that does not involve the big digital powers (Google, Amazon, etc.) although they may in the future. The article has interesting implications for the future of book content and what role indexers might have, although they are not discussed explicitly. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/apr/25/national-digital-public-library-launched/
Indexers may be interested in this article from the NY Times about the current climate in book publishing:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/business/media/bookexpo-america-draws-20000-to-javits-center.html?ref=arts&_r=0
Indexing is not specifically mentioned, and it doesn’t contain a lot of substantive data, but it does offer a very good snapshot of current trends in book publishing that are very relevant to indexers. Most encouraging for book lovers is the uptick in the growth of independent publishers and book stores.
ASI Digital Technology Task Force Links for July, 2013
According to this article, test scores and graduation rates went up in schools that provided laptops and e-textbooks. For this and more information on the textbook industry see http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2013/07/06/death-of-the-textbook/2456621/
Amazon patents extensions to ebooks, describing them as a way to enhance Kindle ebooks by tacking on supplemental material provided by publishers or reputable sources. The ebooks would be personalized by adding additional content within the specific interests of individual readers, or reader types. For more information see http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/07/amazon-patents-ebook-extras/?et_mid=627061&rid=188486218
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