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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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Crowdsourcing legal (practice) research with … Facebook?

September 29, 2014

So consider these questions for a minute: I need to request findings of fact for a possible appeal on a confirmation of child-support arrears. Here are my facts: (1) Hearing was last week, the court made a ruling, and I was ordered to draft a judgment. (2) I want to file a motion for new trial (MNT), [...]

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So Instagram has a drug problem. But where are the lawyer ads?

September 27, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I was reading an article discussing Instagram’s drug trade, specifically, the thousands of photo and video posts selling everything from marijuana and prescription pills to ecstasy and other narcotics. If you’re curious, just do a hashtag search — try “#xanax,” for example. You’ll be greeted by a list of hashtags spanning [...]

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Is college such a rocky place that the digital textbook’s seed can find no purchase?

September 5, 2014

From the NYT this week, Surviving Battle With Amazon, Entrepreneur Picks New Fight: Q. Are paper textbooks going away? A. Digital did come to trade, but in textbooks there’s been very little movement. We are deploying technology into as many campuses as we possibly can on the back of physical books. When the time comes, we will [...]

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Repurposing & Customer Insights

August 27, 2014

Some posts worth sharing on the legal publishing front: Robert McKay, Ever Cuddled an Aardvark? Ever Studied Zymurgy? (Jan. 2, 2014): “The point was made to me recently by a knowledgeable executive in one of the big professional publishers that for the most part they believe they have all the content they need and are [...]

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Holy crap! We made an Internet thing.

June 12, 2014

Well, it’s a done deal now. Jones McClure Publishing has officially released most of it’s Texas content online in a new platform called “O’Connor’s Online.” After several years of hard work, we’ve finally gotten into the content as a service game. There are so many words I could write about this process and my thoughts [...]

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The Aspen Casebook Controversy: A publisher’s perspective

June 9, 2014

So, last month the shit hit the fan when WoltersKluwer’s Aspen imprint announced a new program for law school casebooks called “Connected Casebook.” Under the program (as announced at the beginning of May), a student would receive: A new, bound version of the casebook, which can be marked-up, highlighted, and kept through the length of [...]

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