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I had to laugh at this.

March 7, 2015

From Sean Hocking over at House of Butter, titled “Lexis Impressed By Themselves For Getting Their Proverbial Shit Together.” Such a great headline.

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Will 2015 be a year of change for legal publishing of primary law?

February 18, 2015

Robert McKay brought to my attention today a study by Simba Information published last year (I missed it)—their Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017 Report. For our purposes, the report suggests: The legal publishing industry is facing some of the same challenges the STM publishing industry is undergoing, as activists push for more free access to [...]

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Will the Bestlaw plugin expose user data WestlawNext keeps hidden?

December 18, 2014

I stumbled upon Bestlaw the other day, which apparently is a browser plugin that allows you do manipulate WestlawNext data in the following ways: Copy a perfect Bluebook citation with one click Clean, readable view Automatically-generated table of contents Highlight hard-to-see page numbers Quick link to jump to footnotes One-click copying for citations, titles, and full [...]

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The Future of Legal Publishing – 2015 CALL/ACBD Conference

December 13, 2014

It gives me great pleasure in saying that I’ll be taking part of a plenary session on the future of legal publishing on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Moncton with the very smart Gary Rodrigues and Robert McKay, two individuals whom I’ve followed for many years for their insight into the world of legal publishing. Should [...]

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First we will steal all the words, then we make something BIG.

December 9, 2014

Over the last six months I’ve given some thought about directions in legal publishing, I think primarily growing out of the Copyright Codex, the sort-of relaunching of Law Genius, and ending with Bloomberg’s recent announcement of it’s digital-only bankruptcy treatise. The one idea that keeps circling back around in my notes is the difficulty legal publishers—however [...]

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Two Sisters

November 15, 2014

By Jason Wilson Authors Note (2014): I received an email recently that reminded me of this post. I went back and re-read it. Still made me laugh. So I made a couple of tweaks, but still left it very much 2010. Author’s Note (2010): For whatever reason, the scene that follows kept running through my [...]

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Ebooks still suck for research

October 11, 2014

I’ve raised this point many times, but it bears repeating: ebooks are terrible for actual research. From Baldur Bjarnason yesterday in his post Ebooks suck for learning: It is the ebook reading app’s responsibility to expose the book’s marked up information architecture in the UI in a way that helps readers build a cognitive map [...]

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TBT: Our Mission

October 9, 2014

TBT, from the late James T. Briggs, President of Lawyers Cooperative Publishing: Since our company was founded in 1882, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing’s mission has been to simplify legal research by annotating, analyzing, integrating, and explaining the body of existing law. Relying on a staff of lawyer/editors, as well as outside authors, we publishing treatises, summaries, [...]

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