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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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Remember Law Genius? No? That’s okay, the guy behind the idea is now out at Rap Genius.

May 27, 2014

Well, it comes as no surprise to me, but this past weekend saw the quick dismissal of Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam from the company after a series of tasteless annotations to Elliot Rodger’s (the young man behind the mass killings at University of California, Santa Barbara last week) manifesto. You might remember Moghadam from a couple [...]

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Copyright infringement & legal briefs: It still ain’t over.

May 1, 2014

Back in October of last year I was reminded of the White & Elan v. West Publishing & Reed Elsevier (S.D. N.Y., No. 12-CV-01340) matter that was hailed as a victory for fair use when Judge Rakoff in early 2013 tossed out the remaining claims asserting Westlaw and Lexis had violated copyright law by selling access to [...]

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Small is the new big. That’s what he said.

April 1, 2014

If there was one takeaway for me from this year’s ABA Techshow it’s this: small law is not something to be ignored, and if anything, small law might even be something to be feared. I saw this playing out in a number of presentations and sessions and idle chatter at cocktail parties and in vendor hall, [...]

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Here is your 2014 ABA TechShow Vendor list

March 23, 2014

Every year I go to TechShow it seems I run into a few young associates who’ve been shuttled off to Chicago to gather information on software and service solutions for their respective firms. You see a lot of them wandering around vendor hall, picking up schwag, listening intently to sales pitches and product demos. I’m [...]

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