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  • 28 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 558 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.91 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 808/.027
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PN162 .B86 2006
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Copy-reading--Handbooks, manuals, etc
    • Proofreading--Handbooks, manuals, etc

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521847131 | ISBN-10: 0521847133)

DOI: 10.2277/0521847133

Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer

 (Stock level updated: 17:01 GMT, 27 November 2015)


Since its first publication in 1975, Judith Butcher's Copy-editing has become firmly established as a classic reference guide. This fourth edition has been comprehensively revised to provide an up-to-date and clearly presented source of information for all those involved in preparing typescripts and illustrations for publication. From the basics of how to prepare text and illustrations for the designer and typesetter, through the ground rules of house style, to how to read and correct proofs, Copy-editing covers all aspects of the editorial process. New and revised features: • up-to-date advice on indexes, inclusive language, reference systems and preliminary pages • a chapter devoted to on-screen copy-editing • guidance on digital coding and publishing in other media such as e-books • updated to take account of modern typesetting and printing technology • an expanded section on law books • an essential tool for new and experienced copy-editors, working freelance or in-house.

• Completely revised to reflect developments in electronic publishing • A classic reference guide for all those involved in preparing text and illustrations for publication • Clear explanations, examples and checklists provide an essential tool for new and experienced copy-editors


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Preliminary copy-editing, design and specimen pages; 3. Preparing the typescript for the typesetter; 4. Illustrations; 5. Proofs; 6. House style; 7. Preliminary pages; 8. Indexes; 9. Other parts of a book; 10. Bibliographical references; 11. Literary material; 12. Multi-author and multi-volume works; 13. Science and mathematics books; 14. Other special subjects; 15. Reprints and new editions; 16. On-screen editing Anne Waddingham; Appendixes: 1. Checklist of copy-editing; 2. Book sizes; 3. Abbreviations for states in the USA; 4. Phonetic symbols; 5. The Russian alphabet; 6. Old English and Middle English letters; 7. French and German bibliographical terms and abbreviations; 8. Mathematical symbols; 9. Hebrew; 10. Arabic; 11. Islamic and other calendars; 12. Countries of the former USSR, Baltic States and former Yugoslavia; 13. Proof correction symbols; 14. How to check that an ISBN is correct.


'… excellent …'. Neil Paterson, The Bookseller

'This is a monument to clarity and clear thinking: a master class in what is fast becoming a lost art … no printer should be without this book. No publisher. No editor and certainly no self-publisher.' Writer's Forum

'It is described as a handbook for editors, copy-editors and proofreaders, and it ought to be in the reference section of your public library. It is one book I never lend.' Writers Forum


Anne Waddingham

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