AP Stylebook – Why Would Anyone Purchase This App?

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You seriously can’t just Google “blog”?

The Associated Press has just released a BlackBerry version of the AP Stylebook and after reading the description of the app, it doesn’t make any sense why someone would spend $19.99 (regularly $24.99) on this app. For those who don’t know, the AP Stylebook provides guidelines for spelling, language, punctuation, usage and journalistic style.

Does anyone even take the AP Stylebook seriously anymore? It took them up until 5 days ago to recognize that “e-mail” should actually be spelled “email”. It also took the AP Stylebook until recently to change “smart phone” to “smartphone” and “cell phone” to “cellphone”. It’s hard to imagine there was someone at the Associated Press actually fighting that transition. Also, why do you need a stylebook on the go? I guess if you’re writing on your laptop, with no Internet connection, and you can’t or don’t know how to Tether, and you your boss insists that all writing be exactly according to AP Stylebook guidelines.

So if you’re among the 4 people on Planet Earth who can benefit from this app, check them out in App World. They’re also available for iPhone too.

  • Fake

    Jesus Christ are you ever idiots.

  • Joe_Hoodoo

    Print journalists still use the AP stylebook every day, including many magazines, which, incidentally, have seen a growth in advertising of late. It’s true that there are essentially no accepted standardized style rules for online journalism, but most serious journalists still need some kind of guide on how to handle tricky spellings and usages. But you are certainly channeling the majority of today’s bloggers in sneering at the very idea of style rules.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I notice in the Apple App Store that the iOS version is quite highly rated. I don’t get it, but then again I’m no journalist.