Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please: The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law

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This unique book has been described as ”the one we’ve been waiting for” and ”a game-changer for public communication.” It collects the empirical evidence for the value of plain language in business, government, and law. Professor Kimble summarizes 50 studies (no less) showing that using plain language can save organizations and agencies a ton of money and that plain language serves and satisfies readers in every possible way. They strongly prefer it to legalese and officialese, they understand it better and faster, they are more likely to comply with it, and they are more likely to read it in the first place. Because it makes for readers who are more motivated, trusting, and confident, it could even help to restore faith in public institutions. The potential benefits are extraordinary.

The book also debunks the ten biggest myths about plain language, including the myths about plain legal language. It looks back on 40 highlights in plain-language history. And it outlines the elements of plain language. The book’s call for clarity and simplicity is vital to everyone who writes for the public–and to every legal writer as well, since more than 15 of the studies involved legal documents. And the book’s lively, distinctive style makes it a pleasure to read.

Professor Kimble is a leading expert on this subject. He has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, and has won several national and international awards for his writing and work.

2 thoughts on “Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please: The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law

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    An indispensable tool for writers and drafters, January 31, 2013
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    This review is from: Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please: The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law (Hardcover)

    This book is indispensable for anyone in the plain-language trade. It combines a succinct list of the main features of plain language with compelling arguments to counter the objections to plain language. It then presents a valuable history of plain language effort and accomplishments around the world, and finally details 50 success stories of how plain language saves money and improves operations for all kinds of organizations. And these are meaty examples with plenty of specifics about dollars saved and customers won over. Professor Kimble had given plain-language advocates not a tool, but an arsenal of compelling arguments and cases that conclusively make the case for using plain writing for every kind of document. The best part is, the book itself is an eloquent testimony to the effectiveness of plain language because the author’s lucid and engaging style makes it a joy to read. If you don’t think you’ll curl up beside the fireplace on a winter’s evening a book about writing, try this book and you may find out differently.

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    Documented Common Sense!, December 5, 2012
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    This review is from: Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please: The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law (Hardcover)

    Professor Kimble’s latest book is a gem. It explains what plain language is, shows why it makes sense, and gives one success story after another to show how it produces results. It was great to see proof of what common sense tells us – clear communication is way better than all that gibberish we tend to get. I recommend this book highly!

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