It’s been nearly a month since I blogged about the Delphi book I’ve been writing, and in between times, CreateSpace (Amazon’s ‘print on demand’ subsidiary) have become a lot more attractive for a UK-based would-be author like myself. So more attractive, in fact, that I now have two problems: creating high resolution screenshots on both Windows and OS X, and creating an index. Would anyone have any suggestions?
WRT the first issue, does a ‘print-ready’ screenshot just mean a normal screenshot increased in size x times over and the resolution set accordingly? E.g., if (on Windows) the pixels per inch setting is 120, is it just a matter of tripling the size of each screenshot without interpolation before setting its DPI to 360×360? That would seem… cheating however!
As for indexing, MS Word has a ‘concordance file’ concept for indexing a long document in a semi-automated fashion. Does anyone have experience of it? For example, does using it actually produce an OK result?
More generally, I’m a bit clueless as to what a ‘good’ index is in the first place. E.g., a good index might be said to be a ‘detailed’ index, but detail in itself can be a bad thing (imagine indexing the word ‘the’!). So… what sort of things should be included in an index?
Any ideas will be much appreciated!