The Indexer 14 (2) Oct. 1984, 85-7, had a symposium of authors’ attitudes to indexes. For this, we wrote to nine authors asking them to tell us of their attitude to the indexes provided for their own books by another person. All the authors replied, fully and frankly.
For this October 1985 issue we decided to have a similar survey of the attitudes of publishers to indexes. A letter asking eight separate questions was sent to 32 UK publishers. Seven replied; the following article is based on those replies. Our sincere thanks to the seven goodly publishers, who, we feel, should remain anonymous.