Thursday, January 10, 2019

My new book, Legal Systems very Different from Ours (with one chapter by Peter Leeson and one by David Skarbek), appears to be available on Amazon now as a paperback (meaning that I haven’t actually gotten a copy), and I’m in the process of using Calibre to turn it into a Kindle. One tricky bit is the index. 

Which raises a question–should a Kindle have an index? I can, with some work, produce an index where each entry is linked to the corresponding point in the text. On the other hand, since it’s an ebook someone looking for a word can always search for it, so perhaps an index is superfluous.

Opinions?

6 Comments:

At 6:55 AM, January 11, 2019, Blogger Steamboat Lion said...

Kindle has a concept called x-ray which you should check out (https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G202187230). Provides the features of an index with the added value of also being able to provide definitions of the index entries or even links to wikipedia articles

 
At 11:20 AM, January 11, 2019, Blogger David Englund said...

It's finally here! We've been looking forward to this book for years. I just finished The Case Against Education; this book is now at the top of my Read-Next list. I'll buy it as soon as I can get the e-book version.

For my part, I don't care if there are links in the index.

 
At 2:45 PM, January 11, 2019, Blogger Karl said...

My philosophy tends to be "suspenders and belt".

 
At 3:44 PM, January 11, 2019, Blogger Mike Dolbear said...

Since you have an index in the pbook I would certainly include it in the e-book and add links.

Consider trying to search a history of physics with a Kindle when you didn't realise that (Sir) William Thomson and Lord Kelvin were the same person! The indes provides valuable services of this kind.

In the same spirit, the author of the linked Pbook is indexed on Amazon as David Friedman. Amazon will change this to David D Friedman but the author of the Kindle book will be that set by its metadata and you wish to link them on Amazon to your other books but not those of other David Friedman's

 
At 3:54 PM, January 11, 2019, Blogger Mike Dolbear said...

I have submitted feedback to Amazon suggesting that _How to Milk an Almond, Stuff an Egg, and Armor a Turnip: A Thousand Years of Recipes_ should be on your David D Friedman author page.

 
At 3:34 PM, January 16, 2019, Blogger Tony Zbaraschuk said...

A good index is MUCH better than keyword search at identifying the places where concepts are described!

 

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