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The possibility to increase profits in such an extreme fashion lies in the peculiarity of the economics of scholarly publishing. Unlike usual suppliers, authors provide their goods without financial compensation and consumers (i.e. readers) are isolated from the purchase. Because purchase and use are not directly linked, price fluctuations do not influence demand. Academic libraries, contributing 68% to 75% of journal publishing revenues, are atypical buyers because their purchases are mainly controlled by budgets. Regardless of their information needs, they have to manage with less as prices increase. Due to the publisher’s oligopoly, libraries are more or less helpless, for in scholarly publishing each product represents a unique value and cannot be replaced.

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What is it about rounded terminals that’s so transformative of a basic non-rounded design? The tone lightens to one that’s friendly, fun and casual. Rounded fonts seem to set aside some of the complexity of a letter shape, leaving behind just a set of simple strokes.

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Start with the mark-up then add in the stuff...

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Never start a pitch by talking about yourself, your team, your product, or your total addressable market. Instead, start by naming the thing that’s getting in the way of your customer’s happiness. Do that by painting an emotionally resonant picture of how the world currently sucks for your customer, who/what is to blame, and why.

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Minimalist design is about reducing the surface area of an experience. Frictionless design is about reducing the energy required by an experience.

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This post is about URI naming.  Designing URI names.  Some tips and rules and conventions that you can follow when figuring out your application’s URIs.  The focus is on URIs for ‘REST-ful’ applications.  But many of the tips apply to any kind of website or application.

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