The need for proper indexes is described in this excerpt from The Daily Standard:
A book with a proper index is not only a pleasure, it’s by a country mile much easier to fillet for information, Google notwithstanding. How we organise and access information in an age of overload has never been more important.
Put it this way: when you get your copy of Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear, about the White House under Donald Trump, are you going to settle down and read it cover to cover — or, like me, will you dive for the index? (A useful indexing innovation might be: “Bits, juicy — pages 7, 9, 13 …)
So support your local indexer. They do vital work, fast, and for not much money; and it’s work an algorithm can’t do.
If you buy a book and it lacks an index, why not register your annoyance with its publisher?
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