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1.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Disappointed, October 14, 2009
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This review is from: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Paperback)
I was very irritated to find that many errors existed in the 6th edition. I also contacted APA regarding the errors. They are not going to exchange the book for a corrected edition. They made several lame excuses for the errors and for not replacing it. My second email to APA pointedly expressed my displeasure with their stance - copied below...

To have grammar and writing errors in a book about grammar and writing is shameful. How much does your organization really care about the reputation it is presenting? Do you have editors reviewing your works before publication? Are your editors paying attention to their work? If you cannot hold yourself to the standards you have set out in your own publication, then your publications should not exist!

If you need this book, demand a corrected reprinting! If you are a university, you also demand a corrected reprint. This organization should not set standards they are not going to comply with. I give them an "F"

Update: 3 months after submitting my complaint to APA I received a letter stating that a reprint was in the works and that anyone who bought the edition with all the mistakes would have a short time span to return it, without charge and postage covered, for the corrected addition. My faith was somewhat restored in the power of honest critical reviews.

Update 2: received the corrected version and all the mistakes I found in the 6th ed. have been corrected. their book now gets a "B" but the organization still gets a "C" for the "holier than thou attitude".
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Initial post: Nov 1, 2009, 5:54:20 AM PST
Kristen says:
APA is now providing 2nd printing of the book for those who bought the version with errors

Posted on Jan 23, 2010, 9:55:37 PM PST
A. Elliott says:
The only thing the APA cares about concerning this book is the money they make from it. If they cared, they would quit changing the format of how they want papers submitted.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010, 8:47:06 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2010, 9:31:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2010, 9:32:04 AM PST
R. Barnes says:
The new millennium has not been good to the APA. They get criticized (and rightly so) for their policy of giving the green light to torture (as long as the government asks you nicely) and then they release a new APA manual for the sole purpose of making a profit- only to fall flat on their faces when the first version of the 6th edition is a steaming pile of ****.

On the plus side, the 2nd printing of the 6th edition has the mistakes cleaned up and it is more streamlined than the 5th edition. I just hope they don't make some arbitrary change in format in three years time so that they can release a seventh edition.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011, 1:31:41 PM PST
The Rev. says:
If I were to turn in a paper with as many errors as the 1st printing had, I would have gotten a C or lower on my assignment. Also, to the comment about torture - I always made it a point to bring all those experiments up in debate whenever I was arguing with my professors about APA's holiness. I don't think they ever believed what I was saying, even though I cited it...properly. hahaha

Posted on Feb 17, 2012, 12:27:58 PM PST
When ordering an item online, is it possible to determine the printing (1st, 2nd etc) before ordering?

Posted on Aug 1, 2012, 12:12:33 AM PDT
Thanks for letting me know.

Posted on May 16, 2013, 12:47:43 PM PDT
Rohan says:
The errors in first printing show that even APA experts in APA cant follow APA because the style is restrictive, OCD and often non-sensical. Having some principles and ideas to follow is great but people take it so seriously as if tablet handed down from God. I am sure this post will receive responses from those touting the need for such rules etc. Instead we should be solving real life problems vs. double (dd) detail responses on the Rorschach ink blot test.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2016, 5:11:25 AM PDT
K says:
@A. Elliot
LoL! That has always irritated me with APA and other organizations like them. Pick a format and leave it alone ... unless it is found to be inadequate or in error.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2016, 6:49:04 AM PDT
K says:
@Brent W. Hedden
I am four years late have wondered the same. As far as I know, there is no way of determining which printing you're purchasing. I have purchased NEW books, shipped & sold by Amazon that were older printings (for example, I one received a first printing when there had been at least two others). It's just whatever the employee puts in your box/package.

Now, when busying used books from the marketplace, if I am concerned about a specific version, I send the seller an email asking them which printing it is. This is too late for you but someone else may benefit!

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