Archive for the “Publishing” category

The future of law publishing (reprise)

By Nick Holmes on January 29, 2014

Kevin O’Keefe is a tireless promoter of the benefits of blogging for lawyers. I may disagree with him on many points but I’m with him all the way with the underlying proposition that blogs (for lawyers) are the best thing (…)

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Data protection intrigue

By Nick Holmes on April 13, 2012

I was intrigued to see that DLA Piper has just published Data Protection Laws of the World. This 274-page PDF handbook “offers a high-level snapshot of national data protection laws as they currently stand in 58 jurisdictions across the world. (…)

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ICLR online – who’s putting it through its paces?

By Nick Holmes on November 24, 2011

I’m wondering who’s using ICLR online and how they’re getting on? The service launched 18 October to a list of over 350 delegates that was “fairly select and exclusive due to the nature of our Council”. Before the event no (…)

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Innovations in law publishing and the death of (some) print

By Nick Holmes on June 9, 2011

The first wave of digital products in the CD era consisted basically of “books on screen” – existing print product repurposed with search and hypertext bells and whistles. This continued online with the advent of the web. More books on (…)

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Are (law) ebooks the future?

By Nick Holmes on January 18, 2011

You can’t have missed the fact that Amazon’s fastest selling product last year was its Kindle ebook reader. Even I bought one. And during the year his Godliness Steve Jobs gave us the iPad tablet. Though the iPad is more (…)

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Footnotes suck

By Nick Holmes on October 8, 2010

When I started out in law publishing I joined a young company with a modern approach. A key point in our house style, which I was instrumental in formulating, was “We eschew [nice word that] the use of footnotes.” Why? (…)

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A tale of two professions

By Nick Holmes on April 8, 2010

Legal Research Plus comments on an article about John West [founder of West Publishing] and other non lawyers who have revolutionized legal research. Apparently West called for neutral citations way back in 1908. The author of the article, Prof Robert (…)

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Wexisberg – is three a crowd?

By Nick Holmes on February 22, 2010

Across the pond Bloomberg has had the effrontery brazenly to challenge the Wexis duopoly with Bloomberg Law. Bob Ambrogi has written an extended review of Bloomberg Law on He reports that to bring itself up to competitive speed, Bloomberg (…)

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Why pretty print is bad for the web

By Nick Holmes on November 23, 2009

Here’s another of my beefs: publishing PDF on the web is lazy, bad practice. PDF – portable document format – what does that mean? It means, here’s what you want to print … in a file. It’s a portable print (…)

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eLawtric Books anyone?

By Nick Holmes on November 20, 2009

Jason Wilson explores the pros and cons of what he dubs “eLawtric Books“. In a series of posts he (for the most part) counters Eugene Volokh’s thoughts on the future of electronic books and the law. His view, with which (…)

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Are we (still) in thrall to BigLaw?

By Nick Holmes on October 13, 2009

Jordan Furlong bemoans (on Slaw and Law21) the fact that the legal media focus on BigLaw, because BigLaw makes a lot of money, so they’re attractive both as subscribers and as advertising targets. It’s not good for smaller practices, which (…)

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Never mind the content … (2)

By Nick Holmes on September 25, 2009

Paul Graham, an essayist and successful entrepreneur, pens a very interesting piece on Post-Medium Publishing which is worth reading in full (hat tip John Naughton). He opens: consumers never really were paying for content, and publishers weren’t really selling it (…)

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Never mind the content, feel the packaging

By Nick Holmes on August 18, 2009

So, Rupert Murdoch has declared that News International sites will all start charging for content by next summer. What he actually said was he was satisfied that News International could produce “significant revenues from the sale of digital delivery of (…)

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Blowing it

By Nick Holmes on April 8, 2009

Plenty to ponder about the future not just of the established news industry but also of other old media players in this post from Jeff Jarvis and the numerous comments: You’ve had all that time to reinvent your products, services, (…)

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Not a problem

By Nick Holmes on March 18, 2009

Clay Shirky eloquently states the problem facing the newspaper industry: People committed to saving newspapers [are] demanding to know “If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. (…)

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