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Are there any books on this list, or that any of you know of that aren't on this list, where the content reads more like a creative nonfiction book than a handbook? It's those kinds of books that really draw me in. Handbooks are certainly useful in the workplace, but it is fun to explore the world of technical writing in a more casual way as well.
I do plan on looking at "Writing in the Open: Using Wikis to Create Documentation" as one of my current projects at work is to put our corporate style guide into a wiki format.
Also, Michael--it's always fun when tech writers have typos! Makes me feel normal. ;-)
-- WORDS INTO TYPE (3rd ed. ...ouch, so OLD!), Prentice Hall publisher
-- PROJECT MANAGEMENT TERMS: A WORKING GLOSSARY, ESI Intl. publisher, 2000
-- CHICAGO STYLE MANUAL (16th Edition... of course!)
-- THE COPYEDITOR'S HANDBOOK (2nd Ed.), Univ. California Press publisher, 2006
-- HTML & XHYML The Definitive Guide (6th Ed.), Oreilly publisher
-- THEW ZEN OF SOCIAL MARKETING, S.H. Kabani, BenBella Books publisher, 2010
... and the piece d'resistance: SUGGESTIONS TO AUTHORS of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Govt. Printing Office publisher, 1991 [ I actually did some of the tech writing/copy editing for this bad boy ! ]
WORDS INTO TYPE is still very much used and full of DIY page tabs... STRICTLY for hard-core old-school grammarians (don't try this at home, kids!), which is why I still use it. When I left the Fed to go work for REAL money in the corporate world (Northrop Grumman), as a farewell gift, my former author-victims bought me a custom-made ink stamp whose image was a realistic skull-and-crossed-bones with a motto below it that read "This is UGLY!" I actually used it professionally a couple of times. Authors, FEAR ME, for I am Nemesis!