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Last updated 1 November 2007 — now out of date!


Edit Yourself, by Bruce Ross-Larson
W.W. Norton & Co., 1996, ISBN 0393313263.
How to Edit Technical Documents, by Donald W. Bush
Oryx, 1995, ISBN 0897748700.
Levels of Technical Editing, by David E. Nadziejka
Council of Biology Editors, 1999, ISBN 0914340158, 24 pages. A change in the levels of edit concept: “…the primary editorial focus must be to help ensure that the technical content is complete, accurate, and understandable to the intended audience.” Does not appear to be available online, but you could try Library Thing.
Technical Editing, by Carolyn D. Rude
4th edition, Longman, 2005, ISBN 032133082X.
Technical Editing, by Judith A. Tarutz
“The practical guide for editors and writers,” Hewlett Packard Press, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1992, ISBN 0201563568.
Woe is I, by Patricia T. O’Conner
“The grammarphobe’s guide to better English in plain English,” expanded edition, Riverhead Books, 2004, ISBN 1594480060.

Style guides

Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition
University of Chicago Press, 2003, ISBN 0226104036.
E-what? A guide to the quirks of new media style and usage, by Editors of EEI Press
EEI Press, 2000, ISBN 0935012257.
Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications
Third edition, Microsoft Press, 2003, ISBN 0735617465.
Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry
Sun Technical Publications, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 2003, ISBN 0131428993. Review
Science and Technical Writing: A Manual of Style
Edited by Philip Rubens, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2000, ISBN 0415925517, Review by Lori Lathrop.
Scientific Style and Format
The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, Seventh Edition, Style Manual Committee, Council of Science Editors, 2006, ISBN 0-9779665-0-X. More information here. Can be ordered through a link on the book’s information page.
Style Manual: for Authors, Editors and Printers
6th edition, Australia, 2001, ISBN 0701636483. More information here.