- Hardcover: 586 pages
- Publisher: Prentice-Hall, Inc.; 3rd Revised edition (1974)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001TI1R7C
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Words Into Type, 3rd Edition Hardcover – 1974
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In a headline, should both words in a hyphenated compound be capitalized? Words into Type lets you know. Does one acquiesce "to," "with," or "in" something? Words into Type has the answer. Should a noun before a gerund always be possessive? Words into Type is ready with reassuring guidance.
As this edition of Words into Type approaches the end of its third decade, portions of it may seem quaintly out of date. Other books can give you a more current account of the printing process, for example. But for matters of style--tables, footnotes, typography, copy editing, and much else besides--no other book gives better guidance than this underappreciated volume.
As an editor, my reference shelf is brimming with style guides, and Words into Type is the most dog-eared among them. A professional writer or editor would make do with nothing less.
What we have here is the Third Edition from 1974, the same book I have in front of me. Yet, so much has changed since 1974--including the invention and phenomenal growth of a little thing called the Internet--that a new and updated work is sorely needed. On the other hand, so much in terms of what is appropriate style in the publishing world has not changed, which means that this venerable and authoritative work remains a most valuable addition to anyone's library.
First, a note on "style" as used here and as understood in the publishing business. Style does not refer to what should more properly be called the writer's "mode of expression," nor does it refer to such things as elegance or flair in wordsmithing; and yet it does have something to do with "fashion" in terms of how words, numbers, and symbols appear on the pages of books, magazines, and newspapers. In this sense "style" refers to "the rules or customs of spelling, punctuation, and the like..." (from Random House Webster's College Dictionary).
Style should therefore be contrasted with and compared to usage and grammar. Indeed Words into Type includes in its pages plenty of advice on grammar and usage. Part V is devoted to "Use of Words" and Part VI to "Grammar.Read more ›
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This book is a must if you care about style and grammar.
It is far superior to The Chicago Manual of Style and much easier to use. Read more
A good guideline for classic styles, but lacking in new rules for the cyber world.Published 7 months ago by Jo Ann Benoy
Well written and easy to use. Especially for me as a transcriptionist. I purchased this book because it was mentioned in several other reviews from other Amazon reviews. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Book was new and in great condition! Just what I was looking for!Published 17 months ago by S. Reed
I gave this to my daughter in law who is an editor. She was thrilled as she said it is an old book but one that an editor must have.Published 19 months ago by Candy
Better than the CMOS in many ways: organization, explanations, examples, index, especially. I always check it against the CMOS.Published on July 10, 2014 by Frank A. Green