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The Chicago Manual of Style goes online.

The 15th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (2003), published by the University of Chicago Press, is now being offered online for only $25 for the first year and $30 thereafter. The list price for the hardcover version, which has already sold 200,000 copies, is $55.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to your style and editing needs. It incorporates the popular Chicago Style Q & A, "a resource that thousands have found as entertaining as it is informative" and popularly known as Car Talk for Writers.

Anita Samen, managing editor of the press's books division, says they might add other features to the online manual, including a chat group.

It also provides convenient "tools," such as forms, letters, and style sheets.

New to the 15th edition

New features in the 15th edition include:

* Updated material throughout to reflect current style, technology and professional practice

* New coverage of journals and electronic publications

* Comprehensive new chapter on American English grammar and usage by Bryan A. Garner (author of A Dictionary of Modern American Usage)

* Streamlined coverage of current design and production processes, with a glossary of key terms

* New diagrams of the editing and production processes for both books and journals, keyed to chapter discussions

The new edition also of course features many changes in the rules governing grammar and usage, including some that overrule Chicago's earlier rules.

Samen says of the online version, "You can consult it on the fly, so you are free to do your writing without having to retain huge numbers of rules in your head."

The University of Chicago Press, 888-472-2744, overseas 773-702-5300, www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/subscription
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