Should I Flag Changes to the Fourth Edition of MSCD?

I’m writing the preface to the fourth edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. Normally it’s where I’d describe what’s new, but there’s so much new material that listing what’s new would clog up the works. And I don’t know how helpful people would find it.

In the third edition I mostly said whether a given chapter was largely unchanged, slightly expanded, significantly expanded, or extensively expanded, with some specifics included. I’m not sure how helpful that was either.

So I’m tempted just to say that there’s a lot of new material and let readers find it for themselves.

I could put online a version marked to show changes, in a bunch of no-print, no-copy PDFs, but that seems cumbersome. Or I could mention a web page that lists the number of every paragraph that’s largely or entirely new and what they address.

What do you think?

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.