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Sixteenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style

Posted by Samuel Arbesman  October 19, 2010 03:46 PM

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The sixteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style is now available. Here's a list of changes, including "More tips for citing blogs, podcasts, and other electronic sources".

Michael Erard at Design Observer notes the huge number of changes to this new edition, especially in how it views the places in which the written word can be found:

If you were to send the 16th edition back to 2003, when the 15th edition came out, it would read like science fiction. Here's a taste. The words "electronic," "software," "technologies," "computing" and "website" all appear in the preface of the 16th, but the word "book" doesn't appear until the title of the first chapter, "Books and Journals," whose first section is titled "The parts of a book." (By contrast, the word "book" appears almost immediately in the 15th, on the sixth line of the preface.) Inside, there are 9 pages on electronic editing and only 3.5 for editing on paper.

Here's the cover:

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