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Presentation given at BookNext, Spring Event 2011, Rome.

Presentation given at BookNext, Spring Event 2011, Rome.

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  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8353305/E-readers-growing-in-popularity-as-publishers-predict-the-year-of-the-e-book.html
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    • 1. Ebooks and London Law Libraries
      Sara Batts
      2011 President, SLA Europe
      Senior Research Librarian, Reed Smith LLP
    • 2. UK and use of ebooks
      Advantages for lawyers
      Views from London librarians
      Booksellers’ opinion
      Publishers’ plans
    • 3. UK adoption of ebooks
      According to research in Daily Telegraph...
      Over-55s own the most e-readers
      47% Kindle, 31% iPad, 14% Sony e-reader
      60% of bestselling books available
      2011 ‘year of the book’
    • 4. Ebooks would be great…
      Law books are heavy
      Law books are frequently updated
      Ebooks are searchable
      Mixed media in one place
      Links to cases and legislation
    • 5. But there are drawbacks…
      Many books open at once
      Screen size
      Clarity of diagrams
      Indexes not searches
      Needed for court – page numbers
    • 6. Short survey
      Ebooks in other topics
      Commentary via databases
      Few requests for ebooks – curiosity?
      Current awarneess via ipad but not books
      Online is in addition to print copies
    • 7. View from a law firm
      Limited demand & reluctance to adopt online
      Adoption is not dependent on age of user
      Legal publishers have content on databases
      Licensing
      Needed for court – standard format
    • 8. View from a publisher
      Priority is online via their platform
      Some ebook downloads by Q4 2011
      Not core practitioner texts
    • 9. View from a bookseller
      Demand will increase
      Legal publishers tend to wait
      Dominant model is online via database
      Licensing models
      Not going to be cheaper
      A long time before print books disappear
    • 10. Licensing
      Online via database allows multiple access
      Licensing one copy at a time
      Different platforms for reading
      Libraries want to share
    • 11. Looking to the future
      Many benefits
      DRM hurdles
      Increase commentary reading (not Google)
      Slower pace of adoption
    • 12. Conclusion
      Online via database
      Licensing & price
      Formats & compatibility
      Slower pace of adoption
    • 13. Any questions?
      Thanks to bookseller, publisher and fellow librarians for answering questions
      Daily Telegraph at http://bit.ly/els4ZQ

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