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I recently finished a book I was reading (Virgin Suicides) and decided to request some of the web development books Amazon has been recommending. They all managed to arrive today and I started with Don’t Make Me Think. It was a nice quick read but it manages to fit a lot of good points. Most are common sense but it helps to see them again as they can be lost in debates with librarian ;-)

One of the ideas is that of “satisfice” which is a cross between satisfying and sufficing. It describes the fact that many people will choose the first reasonable item instead of the best one. I was going to write about how this applies to libraries but there is no need. Roy Tennant pointed out in #code4lib that he had already written an article for LJ.  I recommend reading the article and then reading the book.