Are you using the AP Stylebook for your classes?

Let us help you with your choice of the new spiral-bound AP Stylebook, 56th Edition and AP Stylebook Online. You can request either or both via our desk copy request form.

We now sell AP Stylebook Online via the digital textbook platforms RedShelf and VitalSource. That offers you and your students AP style guidance that's updated throughout the year, with no need to carry a big book back and forth to campus.

If your campus uses RedShelf, our two product pages are:

If you use VitalSource, look for these product pages:

Of course you can still subscribe to Stylebook Online directly from us, as well.

Retail is $34.95, your bookstore pays our wholesale price of $27.95. ISBN is 978-0-917360-70-1. We have additional information for college bookstores on our help center.

We now publish a new AP Stylebook every other year, instead of annually. If you are using the navy blue 55th Edition, this updated version replaces that Stylebook we released in 2020.

You can only find the spiral-bound AP Stylebook on our website,
and we have the exclusive rights to serve college bookstores.
Our self-published AP Stylebook looks and feels different from the perfect-bound edition Basic Books sells via retail bookstores. 

The 56th edition of the AP Stylebook includes about 300 new and updated entries. Additions and changes include:

  • A new chapter on inclusive storytelling: its importance and how to achieve it.
  • Detailed guidance on writing about people with disabilities and disabled people.
  • Many updates on immigration, the coronavirus, gender and race-related coverage, including the capitalization of Black and expanded use of singular they.
  • A revised chapter on religion, with guidance on when Catholic rather than Roman Catholic should be used on first reference.
  • A thoroughly updated chapter on using social media for reporting.

The AP Stylebook Online is a searchable, mobile-friendly version of the AP Stylebook with online-only bonus features, including Ask the Editor where you can ask your own questions and search thousands in the archives and Topical Guides with helpful tips on news events ranging from the elections to World CupAs AP updates its style throughout the year, users can get email updates and easily review the new entries and recent changes section online.

As the administrator of a site license, you can enter your own style entries or add notes to AP’s listings and all your students will be able to see your additions. You can also simply use a single subscription as your Stylebook resource so you can search, browse and customize it, and so you don't have to carry a heavy book to campus for class.

We do not offer a teacher's edition or suggested syllabuses (AP style is syllabuses, not syllabi). We do offer AP Stylebook Study Guides to test your knowledge of AP style and usage. These quizzes are designed primarily for individual use. They can provide helpful feedback to students as they familiarize themselves with AP style rules, though. You can read more about Study Guides and how your students might use them here.

We would love to hear how you use AP Stylebook in your classroom. Traditionally the Stylebook was a journalism text, but now we see it in broadcast, public relations and integrated marketing programs. Drop us a note to let us know how you teach AP style and what would help you and your students. 

We invite you and your students to engage with the Stylebook: Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and make suggestions for additions or changes to AP style.