Now at number 8 on the list of Amazon‘s top 100 free Kindle books is Anne Stilman’s Grammatically Correct: The Essential Guide to Spelling, Style, Usage, Grammar, and Punctuation (2nd ed.; Writers Digest, 2010). According to the publisher, “this guide covers four essential aspects of good writing:
- Individual words – spelling variations, hyphenation, frequently confused homonyms, frequently misused words and phrases, irregular plurals and negatives, and uses of miscapitalization and type style to add special meanings
- Punctuation – the role of each mark in achieving clarity and affecting tone, and demonstration of how misuses can lead to ambiguity.
- Syntax and structure – agreement of subject and verb, parallel construction, modifiers, tenses, pronouns, active versus passive voice, and more
- Style – advice on the less hard-and-fast areas of clarity and tone, including conciseness, simplification, reading level, jargon and cliches, and subtlety”
Also, now at number 12 among Amazon’s top free Kindle books is Robert Masello’s Robert’s Rules of Writing: 101 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know (Writers Digest, 2011). According to the publisher, Masello provides “101 pithy writing lessons that help you improve your work, save time, and increase productivity.”