The Morning Coffee – 22 November 2013

Top stories this morning include a rebuttal to rants about grammar errors, censorship of cartoons, three posts on library ebooks, Worpdress going to court over DMCA abuses, the positive effect of Facebook on students' writing skills, and more.

  • 12 Mistakes Nearly Everyone Who Writes About Grammar Mistakes Makes (The Huffington Post)
  • The 5 Most Ridiculous Attempts to Censor Popular Cartoons (Cracked.com)
  • Comment: How I learned to stop worrying and love Amazon (SBS News)
  • Ebooks for Libraries: Still a Ripoff (Annoyed Librarian)
  • Even Apple Stuff Does Not Work All The Time (Applepeels)
  • "Douglas County Model" gives libraries new e-book leverage (The Denver Post)
  • Facebook Has Transformed My Students' Writing—for the Better - Andrew Simmons (The Atlantic)
  • Nearly Half of Parents Plan on Buying E-Reading Devices for Kids This Holiday Season (DBW)
  • Untested factoids (Brian O'Leary)
  • Will US Publishers Risk Dealing with a Russian Ebook Service? (Publishing Perspectives)
  • WordPress Goes Legal: Sues Over Two Egregiously Bogus DMCA Notices That Were Designed To Censor (Techdirt)
  • You'll Need a PhD To Make Sense Of The Pricing Schemes Publishers Impose On Libraries (Forbes)

Question: For the past few weeks I have been adding a summary to the head of the post. Is it an improvement over the old one sentence intor I was using before?

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

8 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 22 November 2013

  1. Yes, I think it is an improvement as this allows us to know more before we get into the details.

  2. I don’t see the benefit. Your list is usually no more than a dozen items, and easy enough to parse. You might want to use it to call out an exceptional link from time-to-time.

    • The intro serves a minor technical purpose. There are some sites that grab an excerpt of the first X words of a blog post, strip out the links and show the text. The intro makes sure that the beginning of this post is not unintelligible.

  3. I think the summary is a good idea. Most readers probably scan through the list pretty quickly, and the summary give us two chances to notice items that are of interest and worth clicking.

  4. The summary gives it an air of individuality. It feels a little less cookie-cutter.

    I like it.

  5. I like it, except for the occasion when I can’t figure out which post you were referring to in the summary.

  6. Al the Great and Powerful // 22 November, 2013 at 10:50 am // Reply

    Yes, I prefer the summary. Please keep it.

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