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New Hart's Rules: The Handbook of Style for Writers and Editors (Reference) [Hardcover]

R M Ritter , Oxford University Press
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22 Sep 2005 0198610416 978-0198610410 1
(first printed in 1893, and published in thirty-nine editions),

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (22 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198610416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198610410
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.4 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 30 May 2008
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This revised edition of the classic 'Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers' is a pocket-sized goldmine of advice about good, clear English style and punctuation.

Fans of earlier editions may be disappointed at the extent of the revision; not a lot of the content of previous editions is left in the book. The most obvious cuts have been the advice to compositors, which were presumably made because the trade of compositor is now pretty much defunct in the world of digital printing. But they can console themselves, as I do, with the knowledge that older editions of the book are still available; my own (the 37th edition, trivia fans) is still on the shelf, and there are plenty of secondhand copies out there, if you're curious and want a taste of an earlier era of the OUP. In the meantime, it is ridiculous for working writers and editors to be nostalgic for redundant information in a book that was always designed to be of practical use.

It was a wise decision of the OUP to break up the huge and unwieldy Oxford Style Manual into the pocket-sized volumes of New Hart's Rules and the Dictionary for Writers and Editors. The advice is rock-solid, and the return to the small format makes the books far more manageable.

This is by far the most useful and concise style manual that I have encountered. I use it on a daily basis. I recommend it without reservation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By M J
New Hart's Rules - The Handbook of Style for Writers and Editors (by Oxford) is a most enjoyable, enlightening and educational book. It is cram-packed with advice, rules and has an excellent cross-reference system.

The book also points you to other works (notably different Oxford dictionaries) for when precise answers are need for each individual word - like in hyphenation - where to put the word break. The book also notes old rules and generally now accepted rules, as the passing of times things change and what was once unacceptable can now be acceptable.

The book also includes an index - a must! In addition, the text also covers the terms of writing and publishing and any derivative term(s) and name of which a word may come under. To-date, it is the most concise book I have come across and is actually a revised and updated version of The Oxford Guide to Style (2002) with a return to the original Hart's name of 1893 (Preface).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value 3 Jun 2011
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An excellent buy for anyone considering taking up proofreading/copy-editing. Full of clear, succinct examples of grammar and punctuation, with guidance on publishing standards. I'm constantly dipping into it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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As a designer, News Harts Rules is one of those brilliant little books that I repeatedly refer to when I'm working on book, magazine or publishing projects. It's full of fantastically useful information nuggets that are hard to track down elsewhere but that are essential when you're editing and typesetting text.

The correct order and names for preliminary book pages, copyright conventions, a guide to the correct use of capitalisation, accents and diacritical marks in dozens of languages, how to mark up copy correctly, and how to correctly reference and citate are just a few of the areas covered.

The book will be indispensable as a reference tool if you're a writer, an editor, a designer or a a typesetter or if your work is in any way connected with the process of pulling together text into a publishing project.

Put simply: indispensible, encyclopaedic and rather blinking good.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're all published writers now 12 Mar 2009
Ever have to write a report? Send an important email to a boss or client? Use quotations or other references in a presentation? Copy editing, proofreading and typesetting (or general layout) used to be specialised jobs when the only way your words were going to be put in front of the public was after they'd been through a setting, proofing and printing process and appeared in solid form as a book, brochure or pamphlet.

In the last 20 years, we've all become self-publishers, so why not get things right? 1970s or 1970's? What do you call a fish with four i's? Does that look right?

This book was recommended to me by a professional copy editor and if you care about abbreviations, capitalisations, dialogue layout, use of foreign phrases etc. etc. you'll enjoy this book. If you ever have doubts about things like this, you'll find it useful too.

I speak as someone who does rely on the written word a great deal although I'm not a professional writer or editor - I don't believe there's any single universal resource that covers all aspects of writing - and presenting - English in a consistent and clear way but if you're the sort of person that has a couple of different dictionaries, at least one edition of Fowler and who sometimes wonders despairingly whether it's time to give up on the distinction between imply and infer and accept that an elephant is a creature of considerable enormity I'd warmly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The book has chapters on The parts of a Book, Spelling & hyphenation, Punctuation, Capitalization, Languages, Law, Science, Lists & tables, Illustrations, these are just a part of what is in the book. It's an extremely useful guide on how a book is prepared. Also a section on proof reading with the type of symbols used in correcting errors. Even the Serial comma is explained lucidly.
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With all the new publishing opportunities, this is an essential reference book for writers who need to present their work professionally but worry that they don't know the rules.
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The book works well as both a reference to answer specific questions and also as an enjoyable learning aid on the various idiosyncrasies of English usage.
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This a very interesting book to have if you are in the publishing industry or planing to get into it.
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I design a number of books and this book is an invaluable source of information to guide you through the many guidelines for presenting the written word. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant aid for Writers and Editors
This is THE bible for serious writers and editors. Everything from page size and printing terminology to - it's all here. The definitive guide to how things should be done.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. S. C. Dyer
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