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.

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    # by Connie Crosby - Tuesday, September 06, 2011

    Ebooks was also a topic of discussion at the Canadian Association of Law Libraries conference in May (see Shaunna Mireau's write-up on Slaw.ca: http://www.slaw.ca/2011/05/24/push-pop-press-redefines-the-ebook/ ) I moderated the panel with Wendy Reynolds of the Ontario Legislative Library, Jeff Miller of Irwin Law (publisher) and Helen Clark of the library at University of Calgary (a non-law library).

    We did a brief Q&A and then opened the panel up for questions from the audience. I was surprised that most wanted to talk about personal use of ereaders rather than the logistics of how our law libraries will address this issue. I expect this will grow in importance over the next year, and hope we can hold a follow-up discussion.

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    # by Nichole - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    People using ebooks in their personal life are expecting them in their professional life as well. There is a continued blurring of lines between online and paper content, also expectation of apps.

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    # by Unknown - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    There are a couple of other advantages. Ebooks take up no space in your house or suitcase. You can take a large amount of reading material with you on vacation without paying extra baggage fees. If you need glasses to read, ereaders allow you to blow up the pages so you can read without the glasses. I agree that the laws covering the ownership of purchased published materials need to be tightened so that neither Amazon or anyone else can arbitrarily take away those materials.