Recommended: reference books about editing
Cultivate excellence. We believe these titles offer useful, interesting ways of thinking about language and communication — in any medium.* It’s about so much more than grammar and spelling… but those, too.
Books about editing
Great for novice and experienced editors and writers. Keep them near to clear the cobwebs and settle disputes.
Strunk — because if we don’t know our history, we’re doomed to repeat it. And it’s helpful to understand where today’s rules came from when considering contemporary usage.
A different kind of art… with dashes of science, biology, and psychology.
Challenging how we think, and because most editors benefit by also being generalists.
Arm yourself well.
- Use Dupré for fast, practical answers.
- Try Hofstadter and Bringhurst to inspire yourself (and to impress visitors).
Give them a few minutes daily and find yourself cultivating excellence — editorial and otherwise.
Why worry about website typography?
You will find an interesting overview in this article concerning design and typography, from the respected website “A List Apart.” When you are convinced, order a copy of Bringhurst — it’s invaluable.
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