Technical Writing Books

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We have compiled the list of Best Reference Books on Technical Writing subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of best books on Technical Writing along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Technical Writing subject and came out with a recommended list of best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on “Technical Writing” as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

List of Technical Writing Books with author’s names, publishers, and an unbiased review as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books.

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1. “Technical Writing” by Basu

“Technical Writing” Book Review: This book is designed for students, engineers, and scientists. It explains how to write a thesis for a university degree or a research paper for publication in a journal. It also explains how to plan, organize, draft, develop and prepare such a document for presentation. It describes how to compile and locate the sources and view the specific topic to be researched in the background of earlier contributions. It talks about issues related to identifying such authors and their writings through their names and affiliations, abstracts of the work, certificate, and copyright. It contains text-support materials such as figures, tables, and mathematical equations.

2. “Handbook of Technical Writing” by Joanne Buckley and David A Mcmurrey
3. “Technical Writing: Process and Product” by Gerson

“Technical Writing: Process and Product” Book Review: This book provides a complete methodology that emphasizes the writing process and explains how it applies to both oral and written communication. It covers communication channels, ethics, and technological advances. It includes information on dispersed teams, collaboration tools, listening skills, and social networking. It contains before and after documents, writing samples, and skill-building assignments.

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4. “Elements of Technical Writing (Elements of Series)” by Gary Blake and Robert W Bly

“Elements of Technical Writing (Elements of Series)” Book Review: This book explains how to write clear, concise proposals, reports, manuals, letters, memos, and other documents in every technical field. It addresses the specialized writing problems of systems analysts and software engineers. It includes a section that contains examples.

5. “Technical Writing For Dummies” by Sheryl Lindsell–Roberts

“Technical Writing For Dummies” Book Review: This book is for newcomers to technical writing and pros looking for new ideas to advance their careers. It explains how to research and organize information for the documents, plan a project in a technical brief, fine-tune and polish your writing, work collaboratively with the reviewers, create user manuals, abstracts, and more, write first-rate electronic documentation and write computer- and web-based training courses. It talks about the red-hot market for technical writing and how to get work as a technical writer, the ABCs of creating a strong technical document, including preparing a production schedule, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, editing, rewriting, testing, presentation, and more, types of technical documents, including user manuals, abstracts, spec sheets, evaluation forms and questionnaires, executive summaries, and presentations, writing for the internet—covers doing research online, creating multimedia documents, developing computer-based training and Web-based training, and writing online help. It contains examples, practical advice, and tips.

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6. “Every Page is Page One: Topic-based Writing for Technical Communication and the Web” by Scott Abel and Mark Baker

“Every Page is Page One: Topic-based Writing for Technical Communication and the Web” Book Review: This book explores how readers use information in the age of the Web and lays out an approach to planning, creating, managing, and organizing topic-based documentation that works for the reader.

7. “A Guide to Technical Writing (Classic Reprint)” by T A Rickard
8. “Technical Writing Process: The simple, five-step guide that anyone can use to create technical documents such as user guides, manuals, and procedures” by Kieran Morgan and Sanja Spajic

“Technical Writing Process: The simple, five-step guide that anyone can use to create technical documents such as user guides, manuals, and procedures” Book Review: This book is designed for aspiring technical writers, students of technical writing, non-writers, established writers, and anyone managing a documentation project. It talks about a five-step process that can be used to create any piece of technical documentation such as a user guide, manual, or procedure.

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9. “Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists (What Every Engineer Should Know)” by Phillip A Laplante

“Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists (What Every Engineer Should Know)” Book Review: This book is for engineers and scientists who are often required to write reports, summaries, manuals, and guides. It explains how to write, edit, and publish materials of a technical nature, including books, articles, reports, and electronic media. It also explains the practical considerations in writing technical content. It contains first-hand examples of writing, editing, and publishing technical materials.

10. “Public Speaking and Technical Writing Skills for Engineering Students” by P Aarne Vesilind and P A Vesilind

People who are searching for Free downloads of books and free pdf copies of these books on Technical Writing – we would like to mention that we don’t have free downloadable pdf copies of these good books and one should look for free pdf copies from these Authors only if they have explicitly made it free to download and read them.

We have created a collection of best reference books on “Technical Writing” so that one can readily see the list of top books on “Technical Writing” and buy the books either online or offline.

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