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The Associated Press yesterday announced the release of AP Stylebook [App Store, $28.99], an iPhone and iPod touch version of the famous style guide for writers and editors.
"AP Stylebook fans have been asking for a mobile application so they can have style guidance wherever they go," said Colleen Newvine, who manages the AP Stylebook product group. "Journalists never know when they will need to run out the door to chase a story, so as long as they have an iPhone in their pockets when they go, the Stylebook can go with them."

The 2009 AP Stylebook app features searchable listings for the main, sports, business and punctuation sections, along with the ability to add custom entries and personalized notes on AP listings. Stylebook app users are able to mark any entry as a favorite for easy access.
The iPhone version of the Stylebook will be updated on an annual basis coordinated with updates to the print version, which typically occur in June of each year. iPhone and iPod touch users who purchase the 2009 edition will receive a free update to the 2010 version when it is released next year.

Article Link: 'AP Stylebook' Now Available for iPhone and iPod Touch
 

jcb10

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May 14, 2008
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A wee bit expensive

Speaking as someone who's been in the media, I love the AP Stylebook, but I'm not gonna pay twice the suggested retail price of the spiral-bound print edition (and three times Amazon's rate fpr the regular binding) to have it on my cell phone. Why is it that despite not having to pay for paper and distribution, AP is charging more? Drop the price by 50 percent and then we'll talk.
 

Xian Zhu Xuande

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Jul 30, 2008
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*Shrugs* Having this kind of information readily accessible is pretty great—at least it is if you have a use for this information. I'm not overly concerned with the cost of a book relative to the app. For me, $29 was worth it. I purchased this one after about an hour of consideration.
 

eastercat

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Mar 3, 2008
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I hope the journalists can write it off or get reimbursed by work. As for me, it'll be simpler to have a print copy for reference purposes.
 

Michael CM1

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Feb 4, 2008
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I REALLY want this app and have been hoping for even a better Web-based version of the stylebook, but damn that's a lot of money. I think I paid $10 for my paperback. I work for a newspaper, how much money do they think I have?
 

COBRASVT

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Aug 26, 2008
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I REALLY want this app and have been hoping for even a better Web-based version of the stylebook, but damn that's a lot of money.

Yeah...I think they are playing on the demand factor. I think $10 would be more than fair. I'm not paying $30 for it.
 

ucfgrad93

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Aug 17, 2007
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What I wonder is if they are going to charge for the yearly updates? For $30 I think I'd rather have a hard copy at a 1/2 the price.
 
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