2009 AP Stylebook app for iPhone and iPod touch now available on App Store
NEW YORK – The Associated Press announced that a 2009 AP Stylebook app is now available on the App Store. The app lets writers and editors easily take the Stylebook with them on their iPhone or iPod touch wherever they go.
“AP Stylebook fans have been asking for a mobile application so they can have style guidance wherever they go,” said Colleen Newvine, who manages the AP Stylebook product group. “Journalists never know when they will need to run out the door to chase a story, so as long as they have an iPhone in their pockets when they go, the Stylebook can go with them.”
The 2009 AP Stylebook app features searchable listings for the main, sports, business and punctuation sections, along with the ability to add custom entries and personalized notes on AP listings. Stylebook app users are able to mark any entry as a favorite for easy access.
The new Stylebook app was developed by the same team that introduced the popular AP Mobile multimedia news portal.
“As we continue to develop new AP Mobile products, we are focused squarely on delivering information on demand that’s highly relevant to our users – be it breaking local news stories or guidance for anyone who cares about good writing,” said Jeff Litvack, AP’s general manager of mobile and emerging products. “We’re delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great way refer to the AP Stylebook anytime and from any location"
The Stylebook was first produced in 1953 as a stapled collection of rules totaling 60 pages and has grown to a publication of more than 400 pages today. The book’s creation was prompted in part by a technical change in the way the AP transmitted news as well as a need for consistency among a worldwide editorial staff that churned out stories for newspapers with a variety of style preferences. There have been major periodic revisions over the past few decades, the last in 2008, and the print edition is updated annually.
The 2009 AP Stylebook app is available for $28.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore. Annual releases for the app are set to coincide with the release dates for the Stylebook print edition. As a bonus, 2009 AP Stylebook app users will automatically receive an upgrade to the 2010 AP Stylebook app as soon as it becomes available.
This latest mobile offering complements the most recently updated Stylebook print edition released this spring and subscription-based AP Stylebook Online service. For more information on AP Stylebook, visit www.apstylebook.com. The print edition and online service subscriptions can be ordered by credit card, check or AP assessment via a secure site at www.apstylebook.com/apbookstore.
The official Twitter account for the AP Stylebook, http://twitter.com/APStylebook, now has more than 18,000 followers, up from 6,000 just three months ago.
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