Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Edition of the Handbook of Indexing Techniques

I just found out thanks to the September edition of The Indexer magazine that there's a new edition of Linda Fetter's Handbook of Indexing Techniques: A Guide For Beginning Indexers out this year. I have the previous edition, though I haven't gotten around to going over it too thoroughly yet, but going by Amazon.com's blurb for this edition, I think I should buy it.

Said blurb:
Linda Fetters' popular Handbook of Indexing Techniques is now available for the first time from Information Today, Inc. in a significantly updated fifth edition that will be welcomed by new, aspiring, and occasional indexers and anyone who teaches indexing.
As in earlier releases, the fifth edition includes clear explanations of indexing techniques along with many helpful examples. In addition to its easy-to-follow "how-to" coverage, you'll find updated information about indexing seminars and training programs, professional organizations, and indexing standards. Chapter 8, "Electronic Documents," has been expanded to include basic coverage of embedded indexing, Cambridge University Press indexing, XML indexing, ebook indexing, web indexing, and taxonomies. And, for the first time, the book's bibliographic references a rich source of suggestions for further reading appear in two separate appendixes, one organized alphabetically and the other by topic.
Given that the previous edition is now more than ten years old, and things have changed a lot over the intervening decade, I think this is worth buying if you're starting out. I know I want to get it, mostly for the new information on e-books and embedded indexing.
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