- Series: Chicago Manual of Style
- Hardcover: 1026 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Sixteenth edition (August 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226104206
- ISBN-13: 978-0226104201
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 556 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You can't consider yourself a pro without knowing much of its contents either by poring over the volume or having the lessons drummed into your head by a senior editor who absorbed the contents by reading it or having it or repackaged versions (newspaper/magazine style guides) slammed on his/her head for straying from the standard.
Back in the gruesome days of linotype, the squiggles, pointers, loops and slashes provided shorthand instruction to typesetters and galley men who set lead columns on pages.
None of that is needed now but communication among editors, proofreaders and the writer remains all important and so are the standards that help eliminate readers' confusion.
In an era when self-published writers go to print without a traditional editor and a few small publishing houses are not staffed by fully seasoned editors, The Chicago Manual Of Style is irreplaceable as a reference tool.
The impetus toward purchasing "The Chicago Manual of Style" came when a friend asked me to proofread her latest manuscript. I'm not an editor, but decided I'd take the time and work through it. Mind you, she had already paid someone to edit the manuscript. Needless to say, my friend was some livid ... at the editor. I've proofread Braille for many, many years and know a mess when I see it. My friend claimed that her editor knew "The Chicago Manual of Style" from cover to cover. Not very likely. I decided to purchase this reference to point out exactly where her editor had gone wrong.
This is an astounding reference that I found not only speaks to standard print media, but also to production and digital technology. With so many people moving to this format, it's critical that standards are set and followed. The demise of the book as we've come to know it isn't imminent, but why settle for mediocrity in the digital publishing world? I'm not an editor, not will I ever be one. If I need one, I'll know who not to hire from experience. Everyone who works in the world of words, or simply is wowed by them, should invest in this essential reference. If you have a choice of a single reference, this should be one you invest in.