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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning to Used Book Buyers: Be Very Careful, First Edition Highly Flawed!, October 20, 2009
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This review is from: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (Paperback)
Do not buy the first printing of the APA manual, 6th edition under any circumstances. There are errors on eighty (80) of its pages. How outrageous for a manual on writing style! As of 10/20/09, APA refused to exchange their error full copies with corrected second printings. Despite the fact that the list of errors goes on for 7 pages, the Editorial Director of APA books stated "there are no errors that impede using the manual with full confidence." Many of the errors are in the sample papers -- a part of the manual so many of us use as an important reference. The abuse of power that APA is wielding over students required to purchase this book for classes, along with graduate students and professors who must write in this style for journals is alarming. APA goes on to state that with its 80 pages of errors in this edition that "it is within my control, as a true expert who has been intimately involved with each stage of this project, to verify for you without hesitation that the first printing is correct, accurate, and fully functional." As a Professor, when I grade papers, I say to my students that 3 APA errors will get them docked 1/2 a letter grade. If I were to grade this APA manual, it would not only get an F, there aren't enough letters in the alphabet to go low enough for the number of errors it contains. Meanwhile, APA is happy to take everyone's money for the book they know we all have to purchase in so many fields of study.

A formal boycott of this edition successfully led to a second printing in which the errors were corrected. As long as you order a new copy, not a used one, you should be safe. If you buy a used copy, make sure that you do not get a first edition -- it is a complete waste of money.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Nov 20, 2009 9:16:18 AM PST
BP says:
You CAN exchange the first printing. I got this information from the APA website:

"Many people have found that the corrections supplement meets their needs; if you find, however, that it doesn't meet yours, we will provide you an exchange replacement copy of the second printing of the Publication Manual at no cost to you. (The second printing corrects all identified errors.) We are making this replacement process available to individuals and institutions who have purchased the manual.

In order to receive an exchange replacement manual, you must return your current copy of the sixth edition to APA no later than December 15, 2009.

We would like to make this transaction as cost neutral to you as possible. A process has been created to provide you with a UPS postage paid return label that you can use to return the book to us. Please call the APA Service Center at 800-374-2721 for more information about the paid return postage process."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2009 9:40:19 PM PST
Letter Size says:
I called the number and got an email with a PDF for a shipping label. Sent it back yesterday. Very painless.

Posted on Nov 26, 2009 9:44:14 PM PST
Letter Size says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2010 8:21:41 PM PDT
This boycott led to APA issuing a new printing and buying back their flawed versions that they repeatedly refused to do "realist." I purchased both of my copies with my own funds. We can agree that you don't know what to say. I certainly wish you hadn't.
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