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The Associated Press yesterday announced the release of AP Stylebook [App Store, $28.99], an iPhone and iPod touch version of the famous style guide for writers and editors.

"AP Stylebook fans have been asking for a mobile application so they can have style guidance wherever they go," said Colleen Newvine, who manages the AP Stylebook product group. "Journalists never know when they will need to run out the door to chase a story, so as long as they have an iPhone in their pockets when they go, the Stylebook can go with them."

The 2009 AP Stylebook app features searchable listings for the main, sports, business and punctuation sections, along with the ability to add custom entries and personalized notes on AP listings. Stylebook app users are able to mark any entry as a favorite for easy access.

The iPhone version of the Stylebook will be updated on an annual basis coordinated with updates to the print version, which typically occur in June of each year. iPhone and iPod touch users who purchase the 2009 edition will receive a free update to the 2010 version when it is released next year.

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