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Over the last year, the Law Society has made increased use of digital media in order to expand and improve the service that it is able to offer to solicitors and other legal professionals via ebooks, online training and podcasts.

Having launched free legal content websites for Jordans, I can offer some advice for anyone thinking of embarking on a similar path for their organisation’s website. The advantages are increased traffic, search engine ranking and brand awareness.

It’s now seven years since we launched our first online services in law and we provide resources for three main markets: scholars, practitioners, and police and law enforcement agencies. At the moment we are in the development phase for the third generation of our research environment which we’ll roll out this year.

Information overload, especially in the form of too many emails, is a common issue for lawyers and those who support them. However, clients expect their adviser to know what issues are facing them and what is going on in their industry. And as to winning new clients, the inventive fee earner is on the lookout for that reason to give them a call.

Since the late 1980s, LexisNexis has been publishing electronic books on floppy disk, on CD and online through LexisLibrary. These are sophisticated ebooks containing links through to cases and legislation as well as other text resources. What has changed in recent years is the rise of the mobile device. From 2008 onwards we realised print was at the cusp of a major shift: mobility was at an all-time high and there was a growing prevalence of e-readers and ebooks for personal reading. In July 2010 LexisNexis launched its first ebooks programme.

Mobile devices and the proliferation of new applications offer lawyers the potential to increase their productivity. However, the lack of a purpose built professional grade app to access legal books has posed a challenge to fully leveraging the potential of the devices for lawyers. This is why we developed and launched Thomson Reuters ProView – a new, professional grade ebook app.

In October 2011 the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting launched the new ICLR Online service, for the first time publishing their own reports digitally: previously they had been available on CD and online only through third party publishers: Justis, LexisNexis and Westlaw.

In one of our CPD courses this year, in a chapter on the issues raised in the “The end of print?” series, Nick Holmes and I asked the question “Tell us frankly what you think (good or bad) about looseleaf services” and added “This is a genuine question. We’d really like to know!” Here are the first 30 answers we received to this question, with no selection and little editing, reprinted with the participants’ permission. Whilst there are widely differing opinions, it would appear that looseleaf services still have their fans.

In the May/June issue, Nick Holmes suggested that particular types of print are under threat and he questioned whether ebooks were the future. In the last issue we published replies from three key law publishers. This time we provide a law librarian’s view.

In the May/June issue, Nick Holmes suggested that particular types of print are under threat for a number of reasons and he questioned whether ebooks were the future. We asked key law publishers to respond.

There’s too much in favour of print to bury it prematurely, but we know that particular types of print are under severe threat from the disruptive influences of the internet.

I would like to see the back of the word “freemium” – it’s ugly, contrived and smacks of an in joke. More importantly, it does not describe anything new or concrete.