Contemporary Shorthand

I don’t know if anyone’s picked up on the listing for Contemporary Shorthand on abebooks (reproduced below). It sounded interesting, so I looked around and managed to find site where you can buy and download a pdf copy of the book for $3.95 – -click on ‘bookstore’ and search for shorthand. I’m not sure if the system itelf lives up to its blurb, but it was quite interesting.  I’d probably classify it as an offshoot of Teeline, but with simplified consonants.  Anyway, if you have a spare $3.95 on your card, it might be worth a look.
This isn’t an advertisement – I have no affiliation with either Authorhouse or Contemporary Shorthand.  Nor am I particularly advocating either!
The Blurb reads:
A unique approach to fast-writing for both professional and general note-taking.
The primary textbook of this method of contemporary shorthand, presents the two levels of the system; Basic mode for professional and frequent shorthand writers.
Alpha level for the general or occasional note-taker (this is the ‘alphabetic’ version which uses familiar longhand letters),
Basic mode uses only simplified letters written as single pen-strokes.
A special Keyboard level is included for those who wish to take quick notes on a keyboard or laptop computer.
The system is particularly easy to learn in only a few hours. The few simple rules are common throughout the integrated system. This unique approach to shorthand enables the method to be used by all categories of note-takers.
Students choose their starting level according to anticipated frequency of use -high frequency by professionals, or occasional use by the general note-taker. The two levels can be combined to meet personal needs.
This is a preferred shorthand system for reporters, journalists, secretaries and all professionals who need an accurate system of rapid writing which can be acquired in a matter of hours.
The system is equally suitable for all student note-taking, from high-school to university and beyond.

(by ianjohndawson for everyone)

3 comments Add yours
  1. Yes, Ian, I bought it too — paper text. What i thought interesting was that he had three versions in the same book: "basic" for professional stenographers, "script" for occasional note-takers and keyboard.   Unfortunately, the reality of the book is that you must learn the "basic" symbol shorthand in order to understand the way the alpha "script" system should be written. The keyboard system seems very similar to Speedwriting, with the addition of some symbols for 4 or 5 consonants.   Interesting approach, though, to writing the textbook itself.   Also interesting to note that Authorhouse is what we used to call a "vanity" press — just like A self-publishing house. Perhaps that might be a way to start re-publishing the Gregg Writer.   Billy

  2. Talking of vanity press, I think AuthorHouse used to carry a book under the misnomer 'Speedee-Write' which I got the paper version of.  A dreadful system: S is written disjoined, even though it's one of the most common consonants in the English language!   That's a good idea about using one of these publishers to relaunch Gregg Writer.   Ian

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