June 2005, V4#6: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Sometimes, the choice of index format is governed by economics of a printed book.  We suggest that an index format is used that the author would like to see in a reference book.  Regardless of one’s ultimate choice of index format, it is sometimes tempting to disregard – even a completed index – to save the cost of printing the extra pages.  With the strong growth of personal computers in the home, a suggestion is placing that 50 pages (not uncommon for a large book) of index on CD to include in all book sales.  Offer a print out upon request for a print out fee – this can be staple bound, 3-hole punched, etc.

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This section is drawn from information online at http://www.gregathcompany.com/indexing.html

February 2005, V4#2: Production Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Include all your photos in a hybrid “printed” book: For the author that would also love to see every photo available in print – a book with accompanying CD may be the answer.  Select the “cream of the crop” to be printed into the actual book.  The CD – which can be attached to the book via envelope or spindle – can contain a wealth of digital information.  Photos galore and/or original document scans, GEDCOM files, author notes on theories, etc.

November 2004, V3#11: Production Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

If a CD is to be included with your book, work with your publisher for the best way to do so.  If producing a soft bound book, a special envelope page bound in the spine might be best for holding a CD.  With a large hardbound book one might choose to glue a CD sleeve onto the end sheet, or a spindle core – if neither are available as part of the end sheet.  Of course, a CD can also be included in a book purchase without attaching it to the book – it’s own sleeve/jewel case, etc. sent along with the cover letter for mail order and explained at point of purchase.

September 2004, V3#9: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Top Design Ideas that COST, and some options that don’t: In today’s economy, there are lots of suggestions devoted to producing a quality book with as little cost involved to the author as possible – this issue is no exception.  However, many family projects are the culmination of a lifetime of work, many times where the author has been setting aside funds for publication for years.  Additionally, as a labor of love, some families can’t put a price on such a keepsake.  This month we’d like to offer a few suggestions if “money is no object” – and ways to make the book look that way.

  • Have a sheet for each book that is the edition number.  Each book will be 1 or 100, 2 of 100, 3 of 100, etc. (more economical – have a page “_____ of 100” and hand number in the blank once you have books.)

  • Add a photo, document, notes, etc. CD to the book.  Printing black and white photos? Include the color on on CD, etc.  The CD is a cost saver due to the fact that you don’t have to pay for the color printing, nor printing for everything you can stuff on a CD.

  • See Book Manufacturing Concepts V3#9 Production

April 2004, V3#4: Production Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 

Mixed Media Books: Authors who have opted for a traditionally printed book should not overlook the possibility of including additional material on CD with their books.  This can be done totally separately or with an envelope (or spindle) affixed to the book itself (generally inside the back cover).  The author can include files of anything that was “cut” from the book, more reference, further stories & details, links to favorite places, artwork, GEDCOM, etc.