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Interesting but let down by an inadequate index
on 22 January 2012
I bought this because a company I was working for uses it as their style guide. I had previously used the Oxford Guide for Writers and Editors as my guide, and that is certainly better laid out, being alphabetical. This guide is alphabetical within topics, but within which topic a particular item is likely to be is hard to work out sometimes, and there are not always enough examples of what they are saying. It has got quite the most useless index of any reference book I have come across, so that is not much help either. I have found I have spent a long time looking for the facts I'm checking every time, and sometimes still not found what I was after. I can't say I'm that impressed, what with the difficulty of finding items and the fact that some of the rules they have seem at odds with those in use by most other publications these days. On the other hand, some of what they have to say is interesting. On balance I would not use it except for companies who insist on it and also as a source of interesting nuggets of information. Pretty expensive, too, for what it is. An on-line or Kindle version that allowed for interactive searching would help, but I still didn't care for it much.