- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 6th edition (July 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433950618
- ISBN-13: 978-1433805615
- ASIN: 1433805618
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,129 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Needless to say, I was right in doing so.
I ordered this book February 27, 2012, and according to the inside of my copy, this is the fifth printing (January 2011) of this book. Rest assured that if you order from Amazon, you're getting the latest copy of a terrific resource and at the best price available.
Book: five stars...a terrific resource for anyone writing in the APA style.
Amazon experience: five stars...don't worry guys, you're getting the most recent version.
I hope I have helped alleviate some of the concerns posted here. While getting the proper version of this book might've been a problem in the past, it is no longer an issue.
I was extremely disappointed that the Kindle Edition is NOT compatible with ALL Kindle applications and devices. Amazon and publishers should not be advertising Kindle edition, which implies full compatibility, unless it is compatible for all Kindle applications and devices unless they blatantly post a warning to that effect. Finding out 3 weeks after the fact is a waste of my money (refund has to be within 7 days), time, and consumer trust.
Worst of all, the Kindle edition does not work with Kindle's online reader (read.amazon.com), which is where most people using this book would probably use the Kindle edition.
I've returned the ebook version and will purchase a print copy (oh so 20th century!) at a later date.
The book is crammed with a lot of good information, but there’s also quite a bit that’s missing. For example, starting at the most basic level, should there be one space or two spaces after an end-of-sentence period? You won’t find the answer in this book, or at least the index doesn’t reference it. An online search will yield either answer. One professor told me it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re consistent. Should there be a comma before “et al.”? You’ll see it both with and without the comma on page 175, with no satisfying explanation as to the reason for the discrepancy. Ambiguity is not exactly a good thing in a style guide. Like the rules of a game, all the parameters should be spelled out and idiot-proofed.
One thing about the book that’s very helpful is the way it displays information in charts, tables, and illustrated examples. It shows a couple of sample papers, judiciously highlighted with references to relevant passages in the manual. Easy-to-read tables clearly demonstrate levels of heading and basic citation styles. The chapter on “Displaying Results” includes numerous helpful and practical examples of charts and figures. The section entitled “Reference Examples” is organized logically according to source categories. Still, I often came across cases that weren’t covered. For example, how do you cite a Kindle book that uses location numbers instead of page numbers? For that, I had to resort to Google for a solution. In fact, more often than not I ended up finding the answers to my style questions through Google rather than through this book. There’s a whole online community out there devoted to handling the situations this manual doesn’t cover, which calls into question its true value as a reference.
Some may argue that you couldn’t possibly answer every question and cover every possible circumstance within the covers of a printed book. That’s true, but the CMS comes closer to serving as a truly comprehensive reference than this book does. If the Publication Manual needs to be twice as thick, then it should be twice as thick. If you are writing in a field that requires APA style, you’re going to have to buy the book anyway, regardless of cost, so it might as well do the job and do it thoroughly.