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The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition [Hardcover]

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Aug. 1 2010 0226104206 978-0226104201 Sixteenth Edition

The Sixteenth Edition is available in book form and as a subscription website. The same content from The Chicago Manual of Style is in both versions.

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, 16th 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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"As an equal-opportunity usage geek, I’m excited. . . . The new edition’s press materials come with a 19-point bulleted list of what’s fresh, including an electronic-editing checklist, all sorts of guidelines for e-publishing (XML workflow, anyone?), and — here’s where they had me — a whole new section on parallel structure! (Swoon.) The book contains an 'expanded section on bias-free language,' which in this cultural moment I might have titled the 'wishful thinking' section. And it promises 'firmer rules and clearer recommendations,' which was striking, considering the seemingly inexorable trend away from firmness in matters of grammar and usage, especially online."
(New York Times Paper Cuts Blog)

“The Sixteenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style is here, and it's hard for some of us to contain our excitement. . . . For those of us who spend our days worrying over words, there really is something thrilling—or at least comforting—about the arrival of the newest incarnation of this venerable guide.”

(New Yorker Book Bench Blog)

“Bound, famously, in orange and thicker with each new edition, the 104-year-old reference classic has kept watch over the publication of hundreds of great books and thousands of not-so-great ones, an arbiter and aide-de-camp for editors trying to decide how to handle items in a list, punctuation within quotes or, these days, the proper hexadecimal code for the German double low-9 quotation mark (201E, as you probably suspected).”
(Steve Johnson Chicago Tribune)

"For over one hundred years, The Chicago Manual of Style has been setting and defending stylistic standards. In a world where we often communicate with just our thumbs and publish our thoughts from 30,000 feet in the air, we need something to ground us, to solve the little problems, to give us answers we never knew we needed, and to make us beam (or scream) with solutions to the dilemma of the omitted antecedent of a relative pronoun."

(Stranger Seattle)

“The new go-to publishing manual is here! Responding to the demands made of publishing professionals in the digital age, the 16th edition continues to provide information for word lovers but has enhanced its guidelines to include electronic workflow and processes. . . . This venerable bible also has a new pastel blue bookjacket to alert users to the style, usage, and technology updates within, though the familiar orange cloth lies below. A worthy, welcome addition to every library collection as well as professional wordsmiths and educated readers of all persuasions.”

(Library Journal)

CMS is marked by unfaltering good sense; and a good index and numbered paragraphs make it easily navigable. . . . Such is the book’s scope that it addresses itself to everything from the most straightforward conventions of layout . . . to submission requirements for authors and broader concerns such as editorial judgment.”

(Catharine Morris Times Literary Supplement)

“Chicago’s granite-solid strength abides in the familiar guidance generations of editors and scholars have depended upon—how to treat punctuation, names, numbers, tables, quotations, dialogue, abbreviations, etc. Users will welcome the streamlined approach to documentation, introducing greater consistency between the author-date and the notes-bibliography citation systems. This is the first edition of The Chicago Manual of Style to be published simultaneously in print and online. Either way, no library serving serious authors can be without it.”


“[The sixteenth edition] is nothing if not acutely digitally aware. . . . Efficient, intuitive navigation and searching are the hallmark of CMS 16 online.”

(Charles M. Levin Copyediting)

“This iteration has a jacket the calming shade of a robin's egg or one of those old Mac screens, and you can imagine a weary copy editor cooling her tired brow against it. It has about a hundred more pages than the fourteenth and a crisper font.”

(Ed Park Bookforum)

“The online version of the manual provides a clean, intuitive interface for users accustomed to print reference sources, with a hyperlinked table of contents on the main page.”


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible In Its Sphere July 19 2012
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Whether you are writing a composition, essay, paper, or thesis, at college or university level; or whether you are writing for an editor or a publisher, I still have to figure out how you can do it without the aid of the Chicago Manual of Style. I have been buying every new edition for the past 30 years, and I have always felt that it not only was money best spent, but also English writing (prose and poetry) best presented. If you only write one-on-one personal letters and emails, you may perhaps do without this manual, but if you write for any kind of larger audience, the "Windy City's Bible" will prove a must-have tool for you, your mentor and/or your publisher.
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At close to 900 pages, this book has a wealth of material to offer the serious writer or editor. It is titled The Chicago Manual of Style, but it is much more than the Chicago style. It begins with several chapters about grammar, spelling, writing for books and journals, and manuscript preparation, all of which are needed these days. For what it provides the Manual is priced very reasonably. If you are a professional writer or editor, don't deprive yourself. Get this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars required reference Jan. 20 2012
By Ruth
The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) answers almost every question any writer, editor, or proof-reader would want to ask. However, it is not written for a Canadian audience. Canadian spellings are frequently different from American, for instance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied Oct. 18 2014
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This book arrived earlier than the due date and was in pristine condition. The book itself is a classic resource, though I am sure most people opt for a subscription to the online CMoS instead. Am using it to study for an exam and will be taking it to the exam centre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars concise and topics are quite easy to find July 3 2014
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This is the bible for the correct format when writing and editing fiction. The book contains numerous outlines and accepted procedures for all aspects of writing, formatting and publishing. It's clear, concise and topics are quite easy to find.
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We chose this rating because the book lived up to our expectations, and more! We have been using the 9th edition, which we liked, but found that the 16th edition had so much more to offer us. The new edition has so much more material and the index has been enhanced. The Chicago Manuel has been our preferred style for many years and appreciate the updating which has ben done. Grace is the writer and I am the editor. Needless to say, the book is always at our finger tips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't do without it Feb. 26 2014
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As a manuscript editor, I rely on this book, particularly for tricky punctuation issues. It's also really helpful for word usage confusion and is the best manual that I have found for editorial guidance. My only complaint – much too damn heavy.
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If you consider yourself a serious editor, you need to know all the styles, and Chicago is one of the biggies. And if you're a student, you need this. It's big, you won't necessarily read it straight through, but you'll go back to it over and over.
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