AP Stylebook, 55th Edition

AP Stylebook, 55th Edition

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The classic, practical spiral-bound edition now is published every other year. The 55th edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law includes more than 200 new or revised entries, with chapters covering data journalism, business, religion and sports terms, as well as media law, news values, punctuation, social media and polls and surveys, plus a new chapter on digital security for journalists.

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At 619 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 every other year, compiling additions and changes that have been made on AP Stylebook Online.

The AP Stylebook, 55th Edition, includes more than 200 new and updated entries since the 2019 edition, including about 100 technology terms, plus a new chapter on digital security for journalists.


Changes in the AP Stylebook, 55th Edition, include:

  • About 100 new or revised technology-related entries. For example: internet privacy; digital wallet/mobile wallet; smart devices; lidar.
  • An expanded entry on sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct.
  • An entry encouraging the use of gender-neutral language.
  • Revised guidance that the % sign can be used in most cases.
  • A revised entry on climate change, global warming, climate crisis.
  • A new chapter on Digital Security for Journalists.
  • New entries on coronaviruses, education-related terms and Kyiv.
  • Revised guidance on preheat, semi-automatic rifle, the + symbol and midnight.

When you buy the spiral-bound AP Stylebook from us, you can receive our update emails when the Stylebook’s editors add or revise entries on AP Stylebook Online.

  • ISBN: 978-0-917360-69-5
  • Page count: 621
  • Binding: Spiral-bound
  • Cost: $26.95; $21.50 for AP members and college bookstores
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