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The Associated Press (www.ap.org) is a not-for-profit news cooperative, providing coverage of news, sports, business, weather, entertainment, politics, and technology in text, audio, video, graphics, and photos to 15,000 news outlets worldwide. Distributed by satellite and the Internet to more than 120 nations, AP services daily reach more than one billion people. With headquarters in New York City, the AP has 241 bureaus worldwide and more than 3,500 employees.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Revised edition (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465004881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465004881
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book because I had a client that used the AP Style in their marketing communication and all outgoing documentation had to be reviewed using the AP Style. Being a technical writer, I had not used the AP Style before. Now I have a better understanding of why words are used the way they are in a newspaper. However, about 20% of the AP Style does not apply to technical writing.
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This was quite helpful while taking a journalism course. It takes a few minutes to understand the layout of the book to lookup things, but once you get it, it's easy.

I think this book helped raise me a letter grade in my course. Anyone taking a journalism course with a strict professor or planning on entering journalism should get a copy. My textbook had a reference in it, but it was quite small. With the low cost of this book, you can't go wrong.

If you're taking the course without an intent to go into journalism, check to see if you can use copies from the department first.
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Any writer needs this; any copy editor MUST have this. It will help keep you from looking stupid! Writing isn't for the careless.
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Writers need a copy of this book because there's no way to memorize all the rules (e.g. Most state names can abbreviated but
not all; you cannot use post office abbreviation; must use Calif., not CA). I always forget the rules for numbers (when to use the
symbols and when to write them out) and when to use a colon and when to use a dash. If you're a professional writer, you need
this book!
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I rated this five stars because I can't imagine a serious writer failing to keep it on his shelf and referring to it frequently, now that I have it. So many of the websites I write for use the AP Stylebook for editing that I, for one, cannot afford to be without it. It came in good shape and timely manner but I doubt it will remain that way. I will wear out its pages checking up on myself.
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While this book is not interesting, it is very helpful in learning the AP style for writing. It has helped me alot in my classes. I definitly recommend this book for any writer who plans on writing in the AP stlye. Although it isn't the newest edition, this book is great for the price because it has all the information you need to know.
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I bought this for one of my book editors at work. He liked it and referenced it often. He says he still uses it even though he's moved on from book publishing and is in marketing now. He says it contains useful information and the book itself has held up to repeated use over the years.
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As a copy editor, I would be lost without the Associated Press Stylebook. It is imperative that I have access to prescribed and accepted standards for excellence in journalism, and the AP Stylebook helps me feel confident that I am adhering to those standards every time I pick it up.
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