The Doctor is IN!

Finally! The Gregg Reference Manual is online!

I just discovered that the Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting, 10th edition is online. For the last 30 years, I’ve touted this book as a good reference for people who want to make sure their technical and business writing is correct. Now, the print-based text is online at www.gregg.com vs. $51.07 for the book at Amazon.com).

I forked over the $14.75 for an annual subscription and am glad that I did. The site seems fairly stable and functional. You can access the pages by search, by Table of Content links, and by index links. You can view the pages as single or double (the way you would if a book were open). The double page seems best for navigation and the single page best for closer reading. You can highlight sections and the highlighter remains even when you close your browser and open it up again.

Considering the cost of the book and the fact that it is revised about every 5 years, the $15 per year would cost more than the book…but hauling that book around is a nuisance for me and I think the online version may be faster to use. I’m still pretty sure I’ll look things up in the book as well.

If anyone else subscribes to the online version, please share your experience with it.

Comments

  1. Cam says:

    I, too, have been using Gregg for over 30 years and I tout it as the BEST reference there is for technical writing. So many companies now use the Chicago or AP manuals just because “somebody said so.” They’re fine, I suppose, for academic or newspaper writing, but for a good ol’ scientific/technical manuscript, give me Gregg anytime! I’m delighted to see it available online.

  2. Robert Lee says:

    I completely recommend Gregg over any AP manual. I bought the book long ago and have used it ever sense for teaching, and even just to look back on as a refresher. I recently paid for the online subscription and I absolutely love it! I can access it directly from my IPad or computer so travel is easy. Definitely worth the monthly fee.

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