Legal Technology

Practising Law Institute Offers its Law Books on Kindle

Lawyers who buy continuing education books from the Practising Law Institute can eschew bound volumes for editions published on Kindle, the electronic reading device.

The digital law books are cheaper that bound versions, but the discounts aren’t as great as the savings on other Kindle best-sellers, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. Lawyers opting for the digital editions will get revised books rather than pocket parts updating the materials. They will be able to search the electronic text and access footnotes through links.

Andrew Frank, a vice president at market-research firm Gartner Inc., thinks other legal publishers could also benefit from Kindle. “There are a lot of practical reasons to believe that the digital market may well be more profitable for publishers of legal, medical and educational texts,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “Since these texts are reference material, the ability to index them and set up bookmarks, which you can do easily with the Kindle, will save time and money for users.”

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