eBooks are expensive because of
the set-up costs, i.e., extra equipment and software you must buy
to get started.
No special or additional hardware
is needed. You can access many legal eBooks on most newer laptops
and PCs. Or use your smartphone
or mobile device, such as the Apple
iPhone® or BlackBerry®. Nearly all
eBooks work with a variety of devices, including eReader devices,
like Amazon’s Kindle®, and tablets
like Apple’s iPad®.
If you don’t have an eReader
device, you will need special software or apps so you can display
and navigate your eBook. Many of
these software packages and apps,
such as Apple iBooks® and Adobe®
Digital Editions, are included with
newer smartphone or tablet devices or are available for download at no charge.
You have to be connected to the
Internet anytime you want to read
You’re not sure if using your go-to law books electronically makes
sense for your practice.
Before you decide, separate facts from common myths.
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Five eBook Myths Debunked:
If You’re Still Weighing Your Options,
Make Sure You Have the Facts
Once you download your eBook it
is portable – now you can read it
offline. For example, on the plane,
or on the beach. That’s the beauty
of the eBook – you can take it with
you and consult it anywhere at
any time – including far away from
Internet connections. With eBooks
you may also add notes for later
use, create bookmarks, annotate,
highlight, and search an entire vol-
ume. If your eBook includes links
to online sources or Web pages,
then you’ll need Internet access to
use that functionality.
My PC crashed. Now I have to “
re-buy” every eBook I purchased.
Many eBook publishers offer replacement downloads to help you
in just such situations. Check your
publisher’s policy on this prior to
making a purchase.
Multiple eBooks in one law firm is
a coordination nightmare!
Now there are digital library solutions. That means firm administrators, e.g., your law librarians,
centrally monitor the purchase, updating and sharing of eBooks from
the convenience of their desktops.
They can see the big picture, no
matter how many publishers they
purchase from. They can even pull
use reports and look for savings.
Every eBook update wipes out the
previous edition. So, I am unable
to consult archived versions, e.g.,
an archived statute section.
Since practitioners regularly need
to reference archived materials,
many eBook publishers maintain
archive editions for customers and
make them available through subscriptions or other methods. For
example, they may be available
through your digital library agreement. Or, if you maintain a subscription to an online service as
well, you may be able to link to
archives from the eBook text.