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The Chicago Manual of Style--the basic style guide for most publishers--is now available in the 16th edition. If you’re an author, this is an important work to have on hand.

Here’s the description:

While digital technologies have revolutionized the publishing world in the twenty-first century, one thing still remains true: The Chicago Manual of Style is the authoritative, trusted source that writers, editors, and publishers turn to for guidance on style and process. For the sixteenth edition, every aspect of coverage has been reconsidered to reflect how publishing professionals work today. Though processes may change, the Manual continues to offer the clear, well-considered style and usage advice it has for more than a century.

The sixteenth edition offers expanded information on producing electronic publications, including web-based content and e-books. An updated appendix on production and digital technology demystifies the process of electronic workflow and offers a primer on the use of XML markup, and a revised glossary includes a host of terms associated with electronic as well as print publishing. The Chicago system of documentation has been streamlined and adapted for a variety of online and digital sources. Figures and tables are updated throughout the book--including a return to the Manual's popular hyphenation table and new, comprehensive listings of Unicode numbers for special characters.

With the wisdom of a hundred years of editorial practice and a wealth of industry expertise from both Chicago's staff and an advisory board of publishing professionals, The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition, is an invaluable resource in this rapidly changing world. If you work with words--no matter what the delivery medium--this is the one reference you simply must have.

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3 thoughts on “New Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style”

  1. Nick Parsons says:

    Justin, does this new edition address how one should cite sources from a book in Kindle format or other digital versions?

    Many of the books I now own are in Kindle format and I normally have to track down a printed version of the same book in order to reference a quote or source. I am not sure if you have this book, or know offhand what the best way to do this would be.

    Thanks for the heads up and all you do with the blog. You have been the source of many great resources!

    1. Justin Taylor says:

      Thanks, Nick. Chicago has a helpful Q&A section on their site, where people right in and ask questions. Here is a relevant exchange re: your question:

      Q. Are there any conventions yet for citing a text on Kindle? That is, because the type size is variable, there are no page numbers in a Kindle edition; instead, there is a running locator at the bottom of each screen. I’m wondering whether it would be permissible to cite these location numbers rather than look up my quotes in a hard copy of the text.

      A. Yes, you can cite the location numbers, although unless a reader has the Kindle edition of that work, the numbers will be of little use for finding the text. Like unpaged online content, Kindle editions are best cited with reference to chapter titles or numbers, subheadings, or a unique phrase that can be located by searching.

  2. Nick Parsons says:

    Thanks Justin. I should have checked their site. Thanks for tracking this down for me.

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