Link of the Week – Court Sides with Oxford Comma

March 5, 2019

In the debate on whether or not the Oxford comma is necessary, I say it is. (And will cut you if you disagree. Ok, not really.)

So what is the fuss about? The Oxford comma is the comma used before the coordinating conjunction “and” or “or” in a list of three or more items. It is a stylistic serial comma.

In a 2017 class action lawsuit involving diary drivers, labor disputes, and the Oxford comma (see what I did there?), a Maine court recently ruled in favor of the comma. Read all about it at The Write Life blog. Yes, this happened a couple of years ago, but it illustrates the comma’s important.

Link of the Week – Booksai

October 2, 2012

This week’s link is practical and fun. And who doesn’t like a little fun?

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Booksai is a site with a tool to discover books and authors with similar tones, styles, and moods.  Just plug in a passage from your favorite book, and presto! A list of comparable books are given, and in several genres, too!

Readers can use Booksai to find recommendations based on a book they enjoyed that is driven by author style rather than the traditional sales ranking and purchasing history. Pretty nifty, eh?

Authors can use Booksai to see which other authors might resemble their writing style. The results are given by percentages in similarity and complexity. How cool is that?