2018 AP Stylebook (print edition)

2018 AP Stylebook (print edition)

The classic spiral-bound edition is published each spring. The 2018 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law includes about 200 new or revised entries, with chapters covering business, fashion, food, religion and sports terms, as well as media law, news values, punctuation, social media use and a new polls and surveys chapter.

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At 638 pages, the AP Stylebook is widely used as a writing and editing reference in newsrooms, classrooms and corporate offices worldwide. Read the press release.

The classic spiral-bound Stylebook lies flat on your desk, making it easy for you to refer to an entry multiple times as you write or edit. The Associated Press releases a new edition each spring, compiling additions and changes that have been made throughout the year on AP Stylebook Online. The 2018 Stylebook includes about 200 new and updated entries since the 2017 edition.


Changes in the 2018 Stylebook include:

  • A new chapter with expanded guidance on polls and surveys.
  • New guidance on emoji, including how to quote emoji and its proper plural usage.
  • A new entry on marijuana and medical marijuana adds more terminology and usage details.
  • Biracial/multiracial is now acceptable when relevant, though one should be specific about a person’s background when it’s pertinent. Avoid mixed-race unless the story subject prefers that term.
  • A new entry on act, amendment, bill, law, measure, ordinance, resolution, rule and statute explains the distinctions.
  • Beginning a sentence with a numeral-and-letter combination is now allowed: 3D movies are drawing more fans.
  • Other new or revised entries include sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; survivor; victim; homepage; lists and bulleted lists; today and tonight; LEED; coworking; HIPAA; gig economy; and storm names.
  • Nearly two dozen entries, ranging from matcha to churros, have been added to the food chapter.
  • ISBN: 978-0-917360-67-1
  • Page count: 638
  • Binding: Spiral-bound
  • Cost: $22.95; $18.35 for AP members and college bookstores
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