Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Book Publishing Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy best seller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work. “Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing . Part memoir, part master class by one of the best-selling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 - and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who listens to it - fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.  The 20th-anniversary audio edition includes Owen King reading his essay, “Recording Audiobooks for My Dad, Stephen King”, and a recorded conversation with Joe Hill and Stephen King.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Publishing & Books, Authorship


2. Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos, With an Introduction by Walter Isaacson

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

Upon release, Invent and Wander will be available on Kindle Unlimited. In Jeff Bezos's own words, the core principles and philosophy that have guided him in creating, building, and leading Amazon and Blue Origin. In this collection of Jeff Bezos's writings—his unique and strikingly original annual shareholder letters, plus numerous speeches and interviews that provide insight into his background, his work, and the evolution of his ideas—you'll gain an insider's view of the why and how of his success. Spanning a range of topics across business and public policy, from innovation and customer obsession to climate change and outer space, this book provides a rare glimpse into how Bezos thinks about the world and where the future might take us. Written in a direct, down-to-earth style, Invent and Wander offers readers a master class in business values, strategy, and execution: The importance of a Day 1 mindset Why "it's all about the long term" What it really means to be customer obsessed How to start new businesses and create significant organic growth in an already successful company Why culture is an imperative How a willingness to fail is closely connected to innovation What the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us Each insight offers new ways of thinking through today's challenges—and more importantly, tomorrow's—and the never-ending urgency of striving ahead, never resting on one's laurels. Everyone from CEOs of the Fortune 100 to entrepreneurs just setting up shop to the millions who use Amazon's products and services in their homes or businesses will come to understand the principles that have driven the success of one of the most important innovators of our time. Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos is co-published by PublicAffairs, an imprint of Perseus Books, and Harvard Business Review Press.

  • Author: Walter Isaacson
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (November 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Business & Money


3. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

  • Author: William Zinsser
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 30th Anniversary ed. edition (April 5, 2016)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • Dimensions: 0.76 x 5.31 x 8 inches


4. Concise Guide to APA Style: Seventh Edition (newest, 2020 copyright)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

Concise Guide to APA Style, Seventh Edition is the official APA Style resource for students. Designed specifically for undergraduate writing, this easy-to-use pocket guide is adapted from the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association . It provides complete guidance for new writers on effective, clear, and inclusive scholarly communication and the essentials of formatting papers and other course assignments.   New to This Edition: full color throughout content relevant to a range of majors and courses, including psychology, social work, criminal justice, communications, composition, education, business, engineering, and more a new chapter focused on student papers a sample student title page, paper, and annotated bibliography streamlined APA Style headings and in-text citations a new chapter on writing style and grammar chapters on punctuation, lists, italics, spelling, capitalization, abbreviations, numbers, and statistics the latest bias-free language guidelines new sample tables and figures guidance on avoiding plagiarism and self-plagiarism new reference templates and examples

  • Author: American Psychological Association
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association; Seventh edition (December 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1433832734
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.5 inches


5. Anthem

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

“My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.” ― Ayn Rand, Anthem Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand's classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him--a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd--to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great "we" reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word--"I." A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

  • Author: Ayn Rand
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2020)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1503250703
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.24 x 9 inches


6. APA 7th Manual Made Easy: Full Concise Guide Simplified for Students: Updated for the APA 7th Edition (Student Citation Styles)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

"APA 7th Manual Made Easy" was written specifically for the updated edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (APA 7th edition) and includes 80+ examples of different kinds of references. Revised according to the 7th edition of the APA Manual , this guide is offering general format and examples of: paper layout, title page, abstract, contents, headings, in-text citations, quotations, reference list, footnotes, lists, tables and figures, notes, appendices, etc. among others including: APA student paper sample and APA professional paper sample. Learn more about writing style, language, and formatting. This student guide reflects the newest version of the APA Manual and will address the vast majority of questions about using APA 7th edition correctly with 80+ examples of references.

  • Author: Appearance Publishers
  • Publisher: Independently published (April 5, 2021)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 979-8733612270
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches


7. 1144 Random, Interesting & Fun Facts You Need To Know - The Knowledge Encyclopedia To Win Trivia (Amazing World Facts Book)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

Did you know it rains diamonds on the planet Uranus? Did you know mosquitoes don’t just bite you and suck your blood, they urinate on you before flying off? Did you know the reason lego heads have holes in them is so air can pass through them if a child ever swallows one? In these 1144 facts you're going to learn more than you learnt from all your high school teachers combined. It's full of interesting information that you can whip out in any conversation. You'll never be lost for words and always have the perfect ice breaker. You're going to learn more about the world you live in & some of the topics include: -Science -Economics -Human Anatomy -Space -Animal Species -Many, Many More! What’re you waiting for? Knowledge is power! Come on in and we’ll delve into the interesting and fascinating facts about the world around us. Scroll up and click the ‘add to cart’ button now! Get the e-book absolutely FREE when you get the paperback! P.S. Earlier editions of this book contained some minor spelling errors - if you are buying this after January 2020, they have now been corrected!

  • Author: Scott Matthews
  • Publisher: Independently published (April 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1095354667
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.25 x 9 inches


8. Themes and Variations

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller. In this surprising essay, international bestselling humor writer David Sedaris shares the rewards of a book tour and his devoted readers’ worst-kept secrets. Dismissed by a bored author at a book signing, a betrayed young man named David Sedaris made a vow. Someday, when it was his turn at the table, he’d connect with his readers. The experience has been even more revealing than he’d hoped. In this hilarious and perceptive essay, the celebrated humorist reflects on the unusual patterns of forced socialization between author and audience, and the obligations and sometimes surprising returns of not-so-chance encounters with strangers: jokes, secrets, insights, and even charity.

  • Author: David Sedaris
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (April 28, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Reference


9. MLA Handbook

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

Relied on by generations of writers, the MLA Handbook is published by the Modern Language Association and is the only official, authorized book on MLA style. The new, ninth edition builds on the MLA's unique approach to documenting sources using a template of core elements—facts, common to most sources, like author, title, and publication date—that allows writers to cite any type of work, from books, e-books, and journal articles in databases to song lyrics, online images, social media posts, dissertations, and more. With this focus on source evaluation as the cornerstone of citation, MLA style promotes the skills of information and digital literacy so crucial today. The many new and updated chapters make this edition the comprehensive, go-to resource for writers of research papers, and anyone citing sources, from business writers, technical writers, and freelance writers and editors to student writers and the teachers and librarians working with them. Intended for a variety of classroom contexts—middle school, high school, and college courses in composition, communication, literature, language arts, film, media studies, digital humanities, and related fields—the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook offers <bulleted list> New chapters on grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, numbers, italics, abbreviations, and principles of inclusive language Guidelines on setting up research papers in MLA format with updated advice on headings, lists, and title pages for group projects Revised, comprehensive, step-by-step instructions for creating a list of works cited in MLA format that are easier to learn and use than ever before A new appendix with hundreds of example works-cited-list entries by publication format, including websites, YouTube videos, interviews, and more Detailed examples of how to find publication information for a variety of sources Newly revised explanations of in-text citations, including comprehensive advice on how to cite multiple authors of a single work Detailed guidance on footnotes and endnotes Instructions on quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, and avoiding plagiarism A sample essay in MLA format Annotated bibliography examples Numbered sections throughout for quick navigation Advanced tips for professional writers and scholars

  • Author: The Modern Language Association of America
  • Publisher: The Modern Language Association of America; 9th edition (April 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1603293518
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches


10. Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Book Publishing Reference - August 2021

The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success. Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 "beats" (plot points) that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.

  • Author: Jessica Brody
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (October 9, 2018)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0399579745
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.85 x 8.25 inches