SUMMARY: Re: best current books for teaching tech writing?

Subject: SUMMARY: Re: best current books for teaching tech writing?
From: Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:39:44 -0800

A month or so ago I asked about recommendations for current books on teaching technical writing for an engineering colleague who wanted to be a better SME. I promised to collate the list, but have not had the time until now.

Books are in alphabetical order by author. Some of the recommendations were style guides or general writing books vs actual technical writing books, but I have included them for completeness. The links are lazily and haphazardly Amazon with some paper and some Kindle books.


Alred, Gerald J. et al: Handbook of Technical Writing

Blake, Gary and Bly, Roberts W.: Elements of Technical Writing

Hargis, Gretchen, et al: Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors
(link is to 2nd edition, 3rd edition is coming up in 7/14)

Krug, Steve: Don't Make Me Think
(3rd edition released yesterday!)

LeFever, Lee: The Art of Explanation

Pringle, Alan S. and O'Keefe, Sarah: Technical Writing 101

Rosenberg, Barry: Spring Into Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists

Sammons, Martha: Longman Guide to Style and Writing on the Internet

Sides, Charles H.: How to Write and Present Technical Information

Sun Microsystems: Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry
Matthew H. post about style guides including this one:

Van Laan, Krista: The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing
Matthew H. review:

Williams, Joseph M.: Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace" (11th Edition)

Zinsser, William: On Writing Well

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