E-books and the Future of Legal Publishing

There has been a lot of discussion on the BIALL and LIS-LAW mailing lists recently about e-books and implications for their purchases within Law Firms. So it was interesting to see that this subject was discussed at the recent AALL Conference in a panel discussion called E-books and the Future of Legal Publishing 

In this panel session, which was hosted by June Hsiao Liebert and had representatives from LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters and YBP Library Services, the panelists were asked the following questions:
  • What is the future of ebooks?
  • What kind of licensing models are you implementing; how are you implementing digital rights management?
  • What difficulties are there in converting a book to an ebook?
  • If you had a crystal ball, how long do you think your companies will continue to produce print?
  • What types of content do you plan to put into ebooks first?
  • What platform will your ebooks use?
There were also some additional questions from the audience which are included within this excellent summary from Connie Crosby. Having seen several discussions on LIS-LAW about e-books it was interesting to see a more detailed discussion at the AALL Conference.