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The Associated Press Stylebook 2009 (Associated Press Stylebook & Briefing on Media Law) 43rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0465012626
ISBN-10: 0465012620
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  • Series: Associated Press Stylebook & Briefing on Media Law
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 43 edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465012620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465012626
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a copy editor and writer who uses the AP Stylebook all of the time, and while I usually think on-line books are better than paper, the AP on-line was making me nuts. The on-line version is very difficult to use - doesn't bring up entries for the most basic searches - and not very user-friendly. The updated paper version is way better. It has extensive information on the use of numbers, IT language, a must-have section on punctuation, independent and dependent clauses, serial commas, etc. It is quick and easy to use to find answers for such usages as continuously or continually, effect or affect. The punctuation section alone is worth the price, and the Stylebook has improved my copy editing immensely. I recommend using for editors who must use several different style guides. Create a spreadsheet with your most common style guides and uses (serial commas, punctuation questions, IT word spellings, capitalization rules, etc.) and pull the information from your AP Stylebook for quick reference. This spreadsheet will improve your copy editing time and keep you from confusing styles.
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This is the news desk bible for AP style. The only problem with this edition is they have gotten rid of the spiral bound option. Its nice to have a copy stay open while you are writing.
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If you write -- even just reviews here on Amazon -- you need this book. Any copy works, the year doesn't matter as much. If you're not familiar with this book, it's a guide to acceptable spellings, acronyms, capitalization, etc. in U.S. (periods in text, US for headlines only) English. Unfortunately, even reporters are rarely referring the this stylebook anymore.
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It was a required book for me to get for my uni classes. It's just a plain AP style book. It came in good condition, though it's soft cover so it's now all frayed in the corner. It was two years out of date when I got it, but it didn't seem to matter. A lot of people in my class had ones from 2005 and 2006, which was a bit too outdated (it was just a bit inconvenient and otherwise, nothing detrimental), but this one was just fine.
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This book is a "must have" for journalists of any stripe. I have chosen to follow AP Style, with rare exceptions, for the Christian magazine I edit. I refer to it repeatedly to answer questions that stymie many writers, such as: Do you capitalize "Western"? Do you spell out numbers? This is a foundational book for all writers. Get it.
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This book is always helpful and is really well written. The only negative is that it is not spiral bound like previous issues.
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Chances are if you are looking to buy this book it is because you have to; not because you are being forced to buy this book, but rather because the AP style book will become a natural extension of you throughout your writing career. While one hand is typing away the other will be flipping though the pages of the style book. The AP Stylebook is one of the few books I never packed away after college and that I use on a daily basis. In the PR/journalism business there is no substitute.
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This is a great resource for anyone serious about writing, not necessarily just journalists. It's not the newest edition of the book, but not too much has changed in the newer editions so I'd say just buy this one and save the extra money. That is, unless you can fork out the cash to buy the new one.
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