Re: Michael Bremer's "Untechnical Writing" Book

Subject: Re: Michael Bremer's "Untechnical Writing" Book
From: "Kelly Keck" <kkeck -at- imagine-one -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 08:13:39 -0500

Jennifer Bennett wrote:

>I was going to recommend Michael Bremer's "UnTechnical Writing" book to
>someone I know who is interested in becoming a tech writer. I personally
>found this book really helpful, as well as an enjoyable read, but I just
>checked Amazon - not a copy to be had! I did a search, and found the
>"UnTechnical Press" website appears to not have been updated in ages. I
>probably purchased this book from Amazon 2 years ago - I really enjoyed it
>and I felt it helped me to improve my writing - did others not feel the
>same and that's why it (appears to be) out of print?

>To those who have read it: what did you think of this book? Do you think
>it's a shame it's no longer available?

I'm sorry to hear that it's apparently out of print--I found it really
useful. My only disappointment with the book was that I went out and bought
it after reading _The User Manual Manual_ and found that it recycled,
sometimes word-for-word, much of the same information. (I'm not sure which
recycled from which, only that they had blocks of identical content.) I
know--why rewrite when you can repurpose? Still, it's a book I refer to

Google Shopping does come up with a couple hits for _UnTechnical Writing_,
one on and another on

Kelly Keck


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