UTaylor526 wrote:New topic to consider.
With the emergence of the Kindle, ereader, and iPAD, when will we begin to see more digital books? Is this something we can start looking into already? Even if we can just get our reference materials (Blacks, etc.) on one it would be a serious space/weight saver.
I know Westlaw is already an online source but I'm not sure what other reference sources we will use as 1Ls.
ooh! Digital publishing! This is one of my favorite topics. (nerd alert.)
As far as your closing remark goes, in law school you use the Westlaw and Lexis databases most often. Obviously, the code itself is also available online independently of those resources. But textbooks aren't digital and won't be anytime soon.
Textbook publishers are INCREDIBLY resistant to the idea of digital academic texts, on account of fears of copyright abuses. (Really they're just afraid they'll have to charge less for virtual editions.) Unfortunately for the publishers, they may not have a choice. The state of California has already passed a law that by 2020 (not that this helps us any) textbook publishers have to provide digital alternatives to print editions. And there's a group of law professors that are tired of waiting around for the publishers - they've already started a digital "press" for law textbooks.
Pardon my overzealous interest in this subject. I'm a librarian.