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What's the Deal with Canadian Spelling?

Language & Editing

  I have a good friend who's a copy editor, just like me — except that she does it about 700 kilometres southeast of here. Or, in her estimation, about 450 miles. And therein lies a world of difference.   Usually our professions bond us. We routinely update each other with the many awful spelling mistakes that we spot out in the world. But then sometimes we encounter...

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Bits from the Digital Editor: The Library and the Digital Age

EBook Technology & Services

  Based on our last few chats, it's pretty clear that the Digital Age of Books is well upon us. What that doesn't mean, though, is that the Digital Age has figured itself out yet. Plenty of issues still remain unresolved — questions like who owns which rights to what version of a given book, whether self-published authors are any better off than their industry-aided counterparts, and who really...

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The Tyranny of "He or She"

Language & Editing

The Chicago Manual of Style and I disagree on something.   This almost never happens. I look at Chicago the way some people look at the Bible: as a source of comfort, guidance, and authority. But section 5. 227 of Chicago says this: “The only gender-neutral pronoun in English is it, which doesn’t refer to humans. ”   Oh, Chicago, Chicago, why hast thou forsaken me?   In fact, gender-neutral pronouns...

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Connectivity in eBooks

EBook Technology & Services

I am a reluctant adopter of the eBook. Much of the time I prefer to read physical books – to hold them in my hands. When I was starting my business last year I bought a few business books for inspiration. Since business books have more of a functional purpose I decided that I didn’t need a hard copy, so I to tried out a few eBooks....

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