Words into Type? Anyone?
February 18, 2009 8:53 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone still use Words into Type?

CMS is going strong, AP, AMA, and APA obviously have built-in staying power, but I haven't cracked my WIT in several years. (I mostly do book copyediting.)
posted by scratch to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I work for a large publisher and we still keep the third edition on the shelves, issue it to all editors and copyeditors, but I don't think anyone really uses it. Has it been updated since 1974?
posted by mattbucher at 9:15 AM on February 18, 2009

I still use it, even though it is outdated. It still has a lot of useful information.
posted by smich at 9:26 AM on February 18, 2009

Response by poster: Matt--Worldcat and Amazon have listings for a fourth edition c/r 1999, but I don't believe it.

Smich--Agreed, but are you using it for personal reference? Mostly I want to know if any publishers rely on it as their manual of choice.
posted by scratch at 9:48 AM on February 18, 2009

A copy or two are on the reference shelf and scattered about here at work (a university press). But I don't think I've ever seen anyone use it (myself included). We are all issued the CMoS, we science journals editors get the CSE manual, and our medical journals editors get the AMA guide.

Just asked a friend, a books editor here. Her response was "nope, never!"
posted by penchant at 10:52 AM on February 18, 2009

I love my battered old copy, but I haven't had to use it professionally in almost 20 years.
posted by languagehat at 1:30 PM on February 18, 2009

i don't think so. at the 3-4 publishing type places i've worked in the past 6 years, i don't think i've even seen a copy of it. i think i may have seen on in the writing center in college....
posted by misanthropicsarah at 3:02 PM on February 18, 2009

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