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An Open Letter to Thomson Reuters’ Susan Taylor Martin: Let’s talk print.

March 3, 2014

Ms. Martin, This isn’t something I would normally do, but I’m just compelled to say something, you know? I have to say that after a couple of decades of being in the publishing business, I’ve really admired your company’s catalog of analytical material. But ever since the release of WestlawNext (WLN)—which was a big step [...]

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The Marble & The Sculptor: A book review of sorts.

November 17, 2013

So a couple of weeks before I get a copy of this new book by Keith Lee (of Associate’s Mind), The Marble and the Sculptor, I’m given a pitch by an attorney that’s been practicing for nearly 20 years for this book that tackles cradle-to-grave type stuff, you know from choosing to go to law [...]

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Technology will not make old content, poor writing, or awful structure better or more useful.

June 24, 2013

In the very near future, legal publishers’ front lists are going to explode with new digital titles for your consumption. They will grow by the dozens in every product category, enough to make your head spin, and they will never know the feel of paper. Each title will be increasingly granular, like an ALR annotation [...]

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Content is no longer king: the slow death (maybe) of Matthew Bender

January 17, 2013

With the news today that Thomson Reuters is evolving away from “content is king,” it perhaps comes as no surprise that LexisNexis will take the next 18 months or so to shutter the Matthew Bender corporate offices in Albany, NY. It’s estimated that 220 jobs will be eliminated by the facilities closure. Marc Osborn, a [...]

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O’Connor’s California Practice * Civil Pretrial is dropping April 9th.

March 28, 2011

By Jason Wilson It took a helluva long time to make it, but the first edition of O’Connor’s California Practice * Civil Pretrial should be hitting customers on April 9th. In an era where publishers have pretty much given up on challenging the status quo of market leading products, this title shows that you can [...]

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Print: It isn’t a matter of whether or when, but which.

August 4, 2010

By Jason Wilson Yesterday I came across a post by John Bratt of the Baltimore Injury Lawyer Blog titled, Are Law Books Obsolete? Yeah, Mostly. In it, he made the following observation: But some things I think are a lot quicker and easier with a book, like looking up a Maryland statute. If I know what I [...]

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Thumbnail image for On progress: From Underwoods, to Selectrics, to desktop computers.

On progress: From Underwoods, to Selectrics, to desktop computers.

June 24, 2010

By Jason Wilson This is a continuation on my series dedicated to bad ad copy I wrote back in the mid to late 90s. I hope you enjoy it. Tap. Tap. Tap-tap. Tappety-tap.  Ding! These are familiar sounds to those of us old enough to remember them.  Two fingers laboring away on a manual typewriter [...]

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On the importance of size, weight, and smell.

June 22, 2010

By Jason Wilson For the rest of the week, I will be posting some ad copy I wrote back in the mid to late 90s after the J. Peterman episodes ran on Seinfeld. None of this ever made the light of day, but I hope it gives you some sense of how I feel about [...]

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