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20 Best Editing Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Editing books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best editing books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 馃槉
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 2
    The Elements of Style

    The Elements of Style

    William Strunk Jr.

  2. 6
    The Subversive Copy Editor
  3. 9
    Writing Down the Bones
  4. 10
    The Chicago Manual of Style

    The Chicago Manual of Style

    University of Chicago Press Staff

  5. 13
    Words into Type

    Words into Type

    Marjorie E. Skillin

  6. 19
    Max Perkins
  7. 20
    Making Shapely Fiction
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