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Eversheds Sutherland Announces Innovation Partnership with Fastcase on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Sandbox - Eversheds Sutherland
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce a partnership with Fastcase, the leading next generation legal research service in the US, on a first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence (AI) Sandbox. Founded on the precept that data and intelligence can drive better solutions for clients, the Eversheds Sutherland AI Sandbox provides a platform for the global practice to innovate proprietary products for clients. 

To formally launch the partnership, Fastcase CEO Ed Walters provided an exclusive seminar and training in Eversheds Sutherland’s Atlanta office on April 18. Eversheds Sutherland is the first legal practice to receive the training, which was attended by Eversheds Sutherland Co-CEO Mark D. Wasserman along with other attorneys and members of the innovation, legal technology, research services and financial teams. 
robo  publishers  innovation  r&d 
may 2019 by JordanFurlong
Access to Justice Problem Fueled LexisNexis, Lex Machina Deal | Big Law Business
On Friday, the company Lemley founded in 2010 — first as an academic project called Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse, which later turned into the for-profit Lex Machina — was bought by LexisNexis on undisclosed terms.

Lex Machina mines information about lawyers, judges and parties in patent and other intellectual property cases and uses a data analytics platform to provide insights on case strategy.

Lemley explained that earlier this year, the company decided it wants to branch out and provide data analytics in new areas of litigation such as bankruptcy, labor and employment and securities.

In order to do so, the company needed to expand the body of case law in its system, but obtaining all U.S. civil case filings since 2000 would require an enormous capital outlay — at 10 cents per page using Pacer, an internal analysis pegged the cost of such a project at approximately $10 million, he said.
access  data  analytics  startups  publishers 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
San Francisco Chronicle becomes first newspaper to crowdfund through Beacon | Poynter.
With its announcement, the Chronicle becomes the first major newspaper to crowdfund a reporting project through Beacon, a milestone that does not seem surprising in light of the startup’s recent collaborators. Within the last year, Beacon has joined forces with several news organizations, including The Huffington Post, Tech Dirt and The Texas Tribune, for increasingly ambitious projects.
media  publishers  crowdfunding 
september 2015 by JordanFurlong
Studying the link economy — BuzzMachine
There are two creations of value in media online: the creation of content and the creation of a public—an audience*—for that content. Online, content with no links to it has no value because it has no audience. It gains value as it gains links. Thus something of worth is created on each side of a click.
media  publishers  it  facebook 
august 2015 by JordanFurlong
Pangea3 Cofounder Named President of Bloomberg BNA Legal · Robert Ambrogi's LawSites Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
Bloomberg BNA announced this morning that David Perla, cofounder of the global legal process outsourcing provider Pangea3, is joining the company as president of Bloomberg BNA Legal, effective July 21. Perla will report directly to Bloomberg BNA CEO Greg McCaffery and play a key leadership role in overseeing the company’s legal business, which includes legal, legislative, and regulatory news and analysis, and the Bloomberg Law legal and business intelligence research system.
publishers  media  innovation 
july 2014 by JordanFurlong
The Future of Books Looks a Lot Like Netflix | Business | WIRED
Whereas an old-line book maker sells to bookstores, Plympton deals directly with customers. It knows their email addresses and could at least theoretically use their reading and purchase history to tailor the content of subscription streams (though with only one subscription channel, the company has no immediate plans to do so). Meanwhile, production costs are significantly lower with ebooks, and distribution is essentially free. That means more money can be plowed into online marketing for subscription channels. So, whereas the idea of mailing a monthly batch of books was ungainly in the old physical book market, it has become feasible in the ebook world, feasible not just because digital distribution is easy but because online publishers know and build audiences better.
innovation  publishers  it 
april 2014 by JordanFurlong
With Goodreads, Amazon Fills Out an Advice Portfolio - Paul Nunes and Josh Bellin - Harvard Business Review
Meanwhile, Amazon's user reviews are typically helpful for customers choosing whether to make a purchase or not, and the fact that reviewers are crowd-rated lends an impression of trustworthiness and impartiality. But static reviews don't personally respond to questions — in other words, reading the reviews page still isn't comparable to engaging in an active conversation and building relationships with like-minded individuals.
robolawyer  innovation  it  competition  publishers 
april 2013 by JordanFurlong
Thomson Reuters to Debut Concourse at LegalTech New York
"It's the beginning of a new era," for Thomson Reuters, declared Mike Suchsland, president of the company's legal division, as the program began at 8:30. TR, he said, is revamping its vision — and its offerings — to embrace the explosion of mobile work options, and offer easier integration of the company's products with third-party offerings. "Thomson Reuters will give our customers a smarter way to work," he said, by providing both "both legal expertise and technologies. We are evolving away from 'content is king' and adding technology and expertise."
it  publishers 
january 2013 by JordanFurlong
Thomson Reuters to Acquire Practical Law Company
Thomson Reuters, a software and information provider to businesses and professionals, announced Thursday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire London-based Practical Law Company, which offers legal content and workflow tools to law firms and corporate legal departments in the UK and U.S.
knowledge  publishers 
january 2013 by JordanFurlong
A Vision for the Future of Newspapers—20 Years Ago - Recovering Journalist
I loaded PostCard onto my new PowerBook 140 (still a black and white screen) and brought it to work that Monday. “This is it!” Kaiser said excitedly when he saw it. "This is exactly what I was talking about in my memo." Within a couple days I essentially had a new job: as the Post's in-house digital media "futurologist," as Don Graham dubbed me.
publishers  media  future  it  innovation 
august 2012 by JordanFurlong
Web 2.0 Is Over, All Hail the Age of Mobile | PandoDaily
When they look back at this era, Internet historians will mark Facebook’s Instagram acquisition as the symbolic moment when the Great Shift was confirmed. Significantly, it also came soon after Steve Jobs’ death. The device that Jobs created had, within the space of five years, allowed a 551-day-old company with 14 employees to become worth $1 billion.
publishers  mobile 
april 2012 by JordanFurlong
Why Isn’t Legal Publishing Pushing Past Content? — Slaw
I’ve floated over the financial and technological hurdles to making this happen simply to emphasize the point that throwing away past digital editions is foolish. While the authors and editors of these titles may not care what happens to words written long ago, there are many researchers who do. Perhaps as libraries disappear, legal publishers will recognize their unique role in preserving precedent, both primary and secondary. Maybe then the past will become as important and profitable as the present. Until then, I would encourage the Crowd to take a moment and stockpile as many print titles as it can.
april 2012 by JordanFurlong
- How We Will Read: Clay Shirky
You can highlight or you can do something else to add your own words, and the fact that I don’t know what it’s called should tell you exactly how much I use it. When you go down to a secondhand bookstore, you’ll find books with notes in the margins. Someone will underline or highlight a passage, and then what do they write in the margin? “Important exclamation point!” There are these stories of books passing from hand-to-hand with annotations in them. That sense of a book as a repository for collective conversational wisdom is wonderful, but I don’t actually see it reflected in annotation patterns. It’s certainly not reflected in my own annotation patterns.
innovation  publishers  media 
april 2012 by JordanFurlong
The Atlantic: How One Magazine Became Profitable by Going 'Digital First'
The Atlantic, a monthly magazine on politics, foreign affairs, economics and culture, made $1.8 million in 2010, its first profitable year in decades. In October, digital ad revenues topped print for the first time, up 86% year-over-year, but not at the sacrifice of print. In fact, The Atlantic sold more print ads in October than it had in any other month since David Bradley acquired the title in 1999. Traffic to its three web properties —, and — recently surpassed 11 million uniques per month, up a staggering 2500% since The Atlantic brought down its paywall in early 2008.
media  publishers  it 
december 2011 by JordanFurlong
Introducing the New West Store - Thomson Reuters
Eagan, Minn., Apr. 5, 2011 – Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the launch of its newly redesigned legal product website. The site, now called West Store, supports sales and product information for an expanded line that now includes online services Westlaw and WestlawNext, the next-generation legal research service from Thomson Reuters, in addition to a larger selection of print titles as well as other legal products, including textbooks and software.
competition  publishers 
april 2011 by JordanFurlong
e-Books from LexisNexis Canada — Slaw
All in all, the experience was better than I anticipated and to the extent that the e-book versions were free (with purchase of the hard copy), I guess one can’t complain. I imagine the market for print copies of these titles and other “desk copy” titles will remain strong in the short term. As such, I wonder to what extent publishers will continue to invest on improvements to the e-book versions. LexisNexis Canada is to be applauded for the effort. Enahncements for future e-book versions would include more extensive or robust internal navigations, hyperlinking of cases (presumably to the publisher’s proprietary databases, one would think), and improved search functions.
march 2011 by JordanFurlong
Sensors and Legal Publishing: Making quick use of “extended” legal content — Slaw
Imagine this: You are a busy lawyer with a multi-jurisdictional practice, and frequently find yourself in different courtrooms or offices in various counties, states, provinces, etc. At each one of these locations, you need access to relevant, location-specific information, such as local rules of the court. Now let’s assume you carry a networked mobile device that has one or more “apps” giving you access to primary and secondary source material. The portal, while very modern, is still dumb, and by that I mean it requires you to navigate—whether by search, facets, tables, or indicies—to the location where the relevant jurisdictional materials are located (assuming primary source information is what you’re after) or worse, to slog through secondary source content that explains specific jurisdictional requirements.
february 2011 by JordanFurlong
Are (law) ebooks the future? : Binary Law
For as long as publishers are still publishing books, there will be a healthy market for ebooks, but as technologies converge and we do ever more in the cloud we’re going to stop thinking like Gutenberg.
schools  publishers  it 
january 2011 by JordanFurlong
Exactly what do you mean by “curating”? | rethinck by Jason Wilson | Law
I find people who aren’t in the business of creating original practice-oriented content have some funny prognostications about what the future of the legal publishing (read: creating, broadcasting, and syndicating) business holds. Take, for example, Kevin O’Keefe’s recent post brazenly titled “Legal content on iPad and tablets: What’s the business model for publishers and law firms?” From the piece, O’Keefe has this to say:
january 2011 by JordanFurlong
Legal content on iPad and tablets : What's the business model for publishers and law firms? : Real Lawyers Have Blogs
Your target audience of clients and influencers will expect to see the type of content you share on blogs for free. Properly filtered and curated, your audience's demand for free content may surprisingly put you ahead of traditional legal publishers, whether they be Thomson-West, LexisNexis, or ALM who are looking to be paid for their content.
publishers  firms  facebook 
january 2011 by JordanFurlong
Kindle users form e-book “Lending Club” on Facebook
Just days after Amazon launched the ability to “lend” Kindle e-books to other users, the first “Kindle Lending Club” is already developing a strong userbase of people looking to swap e-books with others.
facebook  publishers 
january 2011 by JordanFurlong
More speculation on mergers and acquisitions in legal publishing — Slaw
Acquisitions and mergers are expected to continue as the major legal publishers explore ways to increase their profitability, achieve growth and increase market share. When organic growth fails to achieve corporate expectations, acquisitions and mergers are the next best thing.
december 2010 by JordanFurlong
The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics « Clay Shirky
This re-engineering suggests that paywalls don’t and can’t rescue current organizational forms. They offer instead yet another transformed alternative to it. Even if paywall economics can eventually be made to work with a dramatically reduced audience, this particular referendum on the future (read: the present) of newspapers is likely to mean the end of the belief that there is any non-disruptive way to remain a going concern.
december 2010 by JordanFurlong
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Thomson Reuters Competes With Its Customers?
Jordan Furlong brings up an interesting insight in his recent post, "Law firm of the 21st Century.” He notes “the company that used to sell lawyers their textbooks and caselaw databases is now, in effect, competing with them in the delivery of legal services.” He’s referring in large part to the recent acquisition of Pangea3 by Thomson Reuters (TR). I think he is sounding the right alarm bell here. I’ve been surprised we haven’t seen more of an out-cry over this. Maybe that is yet to come.
jf  publishers  outsourcing 
november 2010 by JordanFurlong
Thomson Reuters Exploring Sale of BAR/BRI, Will Acquire Pangea3 « Above the Law: A Legal Tabloid - News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession
Thomson Reuters, owner of West Publishing and BAR/BRI is selling BAR/BRI. The reports have been confirmed by people who are enrolled in BAR/BRI. They all received an email from the company tonight.
schools  publishers  outsourcing 
november 2010 by JordanFurlong
Can Bloomberg Law Compete With Westlaw and LexisNexis? - Law Blog - WSJ
For decades, the pair has had a knack for flicking away serious competitors, either by buying them or by ramping up their efforts and blowing them out of the water. Consumers love to complain about Westlaw and LexisNexis’s prices, but gripes about the products themselves are few and far between — and no competitor has yet been able to successfully exploit the companies’ shortcomings.
july 2010 by JordanFurlong
The Atlantic Learns To Out-Innovate Itself | Techdirt
Read that again. There are so few companies that realize this needs to be a key element of their strategy. Someone else is out there trying to kill them. So do it yourself and reap the rewards. In the case of The Atlantic, it appears that the strategy they took was twofold: first, they realized they needed to be a "digital first" operation. That is, they recognized that digital wasn't just an adjunct to the print product, but a core element of the brand and the publication. So, they didn't look for ways to enhance the print product with some digital trickery -- but instead, looked for ways to make the digital product be fantastic on its own. And, now, nearly 40% of the brand's revenue comes from its online properties, at a time when many other publications that come from the print world are still struggling to get online revenues out of the single digits.
publishers  competition  innovation 
june 2010 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: Micro magazines and a future of media
There's room in the market for 100,000 profitable micro-magazines. Why not have one about Aruba, for example? If all the people who vacation in Aruba could read about the island in detail every month, read about restaurants, resorts and politics, for free, in an easy to share format... Multiply this by every destination, every interest group, every type of profession (how about a micro-magazine for ethnobiologists?)
june 2010 by JordanFurlong
Cal Law - Marketing Landing Page
On June 7, The Recorder will officially transition to an enhanced, integrated platform for California legal professionals. This transition will include the following:
june 2010 by JordanFurlong
Whither the Ontario Reports — Slaw
In migrating the Ontario Reports to the internet, a better approach might be to fully embrace the internet and exploit the content of the Ontario Reports to their full potential as a social medium. In the distant past, the Law Society has held conferences on state of the Ontario Reports and invited the leading lights in the field to offer their visions of the future of the Ontario Reports. That time has come again.
june 2010 by JordanFurlong
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Thomson Reuters Legal COO on New Philippine Office: "it's not legal outsourcing. We're hiring and training them as our employees"
Well, at least now we can assume we know where a lot of those 132 jobs at Banks-Baldwin are going to wind up. According to the Philippine Business Mirror, Thomson Reuters Legal (TR Legal) is using its 275 employee Taguig City, Philippines office as a launching pad. According the article, the Filipino office will be where the "data are processed, codified, proofread, analyzed and validated by Filipino employees and packaged as products for the customers in print, digital or online format."
publishers  outsourcing 
may 2010 by JordanFurlong
Why the Big B-to-B Model is Broken - B2B @
Others think diverse markets do work. “Yes it can work, but each publication (even within the general market cluster) should be left on their own when it comes to how they sell and serve the market,” says Carrigan. “There is nothing inherently wrong with unrelated markets. In fact, the cyclical nature of most markets should help the company smooth out the overall results of the company as each of the unrelated markets go through their own cycle.”
may 2010 by JordanFurlong
Outsell Inc. :: Lex Disruptus » Blog Archive » Graphing the Legal Publishing World, Part III
I thought I’d add a revenue perspective to this picture. Here is a chart showing the worldwide legal, tax, and regulatory information providers’ market shares. The Big Three together account for just over three-fourths of the worldwide market. The rest of the top ten account for another 11 percent or so, and all other players for the final 13 percent.
april 2010 by JordanFurlong
Will The Semantic Web Affect Legal Publishers?
As information becomes easier to identify, quantify and connect, Westlaw (and the other premium products) are going to be harder to justify. As I have said many times before, troubles at Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis might be difficult for the shareholders to digest, but ultimately, competition from the open Web and new semantic technologies is good news for the end user.
april 2010 by JordanFurlong
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Could Legal Publishing Survive on iPad Only Books?
Like it or not, it does seem that the idea e-publishing finally reached a tipping point with the Amazon Kindle where people (including myself) finally bought into the idea that they could actually read an entire book in electronic format. In my opinion, there were three or four reasons behind the Kindle succeeding where other e-publishing formats failed.
april 2010 by JordanFurlong
Facebook for Lawyers: It's In the News - JD Scoop
Did you know that Yahoo! News (the biggest news site on the Web) has a Twitter account and Facebook page? True. Both accounts stream links to latest news headlines as curated by editors at Yahoo!
facebook  publishers 
april 2010 by JordanFurlong
Is there a future for law books? | Jason Wilson | Law
For well over a hundred years, publishers of legal content have been trying to answer the same question: what is the authority for that point? Historically, it would seem that the principle disagreements between the publishers have been over what is authority and how do lawyers find it because they were (and remain) in the business of collecting, packaging, and selling authority. And by authority I mean cases, codes, statutes, regulations, etc.

Perhaps the most significant debate occurred before the 20th Century, and concerned the matter of whether authority should be curated for lawyers. James Briggs, who founded Lawyers’ Cooperative Publishing the same year West Publishing was incorporated, took one view of the problem:
march 2010 by JordanFurlong
An Inside Take from the Outside: Lawyers, Bookstores and Online Threats
* om competition is crazy

So if you follow that logic through, the rise of Amazon will lead to the demise of physical bookstores. Apply that then to the legal sector and it follows that online legal service providers will put traditional law firms out of business.,

But here’s the thought that brought me to my PC….

* What if Amazon has in fact increased demand for books
* What if the real impact of Amazon has been on the “long tail” of books that physical bookstores can’t stock rather than the mainstream guides
* What is people actually like flicking through books before buying them, if they like sinking into a comfy chair for 15 minutes to flick through a book before buying
* What if iTunes hasn’t destroyed the market for music but made it bigger?

Now I did just write a few follow-up paragraphs but then decided that it was a bit dull repeating the same old stuff and also that if you can’t see a cut across to the legal profession from that then well…..

publishers  commoditization 
november 2009 by JordanFurlong
Post-Medium Publishing
Publishers of all types, from news to music, are unhappy that consumers won't pay for content anymore. At least, that's how they see it. In fact consumers never really were paying for content, and publishers weren't really selling it either. If the content was what they were selling, why has the price of books or music or movies always depended mostly on the format? Why didn't better content cost more? [1]
Bookmarks  media  publishers 
september 2009 by JordanFurlong
IDG TechNetwork : About Us : Press Releases
IDG TechNetwork Debuts Media Network for Marketers to Reach Audiences of Independent Technology Publishers FRAMINGHAM, MA – March 5, 2008 – Independent publishers looking to grow revenues and increase traffic but with limited resources now have an established business partner: IDG, the world’s largest technology media company. The IDG TechNetwork represents publishers to well-known technology marketers who trust IDG to place advertisements in appropriate sites. In return, publishers will receive a share of the revenue and gain valuable member benefits to help them grow their businesses.
Bookmarks  media  publishers 
september 2009 by JordanFurlong
Features : Google Fast Flip - Google News Help
Features: Google Fast Flip Print Google Fast Flip is a web application that lets users discover and share news articles. It combines qualities of print and the Web, with the ability to "flip" through pages online as quickly as flipping through a magazine. It also enables users to follow friends and topics, discover new content and create their own custom magazines around searches. Frequently Asked Questions How does it work? We capture images of the articles on our partners' websites and then display them in an easy-to-read way. The stories are grouped by categories, such as Entertainment, Business, Opinion, Politics and Most Viewed. Readers can flip through stories quickly by simply pressing the left- and right-arrow keys until they find one that catches their interest. Clicking on the story takes them directly to the publisher's website.
Bookmarks  media  publishers 
september 2009 by JordanFurlong
Two Stories from the Management Trap « The Scholarly Kitchen
So what separates the Business Week from SEED? Is it the paper? The ink? The editorial? All three are very good. The difference isn’t the magazines — it’s the owners. While two magazines await the scythe from the Grim Reaper, one is at a company that has over-invested in a losing proposition, lacked innovation, and created a cautious culture that has looks safe but is surprisingly risky. The other magazine is at a company that will only invest in print as long as it makes sense, is aggressively pursuing a digital strategy on many fronts, has a brand that isn’t tied to one medium, and has owners with “faster feet and bigger heads.” Ironically, but true to the theory of the management trap, that magazine isn’t Business Week.
Bookmarks  media  innovation  publishers 
august 2009 by JordanFurlong - After Settlement in Amtrak Case, Opinions Erased From Lexis and Westlaw
Ordinarily, the decision to settle a case while an appeal is pending means giving up the opportunity to set a legal precedent as well as forgoing the chance to win a reversal of any unfavorable published decisions handed down by the lower court. But a team of defense lawyers fighting to overturn a $24 million verdict have figured out a way to have their settlement cake and eat their jurisprudence, too. The confidential settlement in Klein v. Amtrak -- a case in which two trespassing teenagers climbed atop a parked train car and suffered serious burns when they got too close to a 12,000-volt catenary wire -- included an unusual provision that called for the trial judge to vacate all of his published opinions and have them removed from Lexis and Westlaw. And it worked. A few months after holding an hourlong oral argument, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in late July to remand the case to the trial judge, U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel, who, in turn, agreed to va
Bookmarks  media  publishers 
august 2009 by JordanFurlong
Lexology is an innovative, web-based service that provides company law departments and law firms with a depth of free practical know-how that would be impossible to produce internally. By collaborating with the world's leading commercial law firms, Lexology is able to deliver bespoke intelligence to the desktops of business lawyers worldwide on a daily basis. It is FREE to subscribe to Lexology. Simply register your details here and then create your own bespoke legal newsfeed service. Lexology will immediately begin to deliver the most recent legal analysis to you. You will receive no more than one daily newsfeed email from us and this will report only on the information that you have requested. You are free to change your settings or cancel your subscription at any time. Your personal details will remain confidential at all times. If you would like to contribute articles or submit your firm's bulletins to Lexology, please contact Andrew Teague to find out more. Lexology is brought
Bookmarks  innovation  it  publishers  competition  clients 
august 2009 by JordanFurlong
Stephen Baker - The Numerati
That "reader" is more than 900,000 different people who subscribe to or buy the magazine every week, plus the people they share it with. It's also the millions of people who visit the Web site, where all these stories appear (along with other, less polished fare). So when we try to read the mind of the reader, we're playing a numbers game. I might calculate that 45% of the readers will be interested in my slightly geeky paragraph about algorithms, that another 25% won't hold it against us (I should know about this stuff...). Yes, others will no doubt skip over it, discouraged, and turn the page, if they've even gotten that far. But on balance, it's still a valuable paragraph. Another editor might view the readership differently and call for the section to be removed. But some of our most important readers, I might argue, will really care about that information. On and on...
Bookmarks  publishers  media 
july 2009 by JordanFurlong
Online legal research in a buyer’s market >> Slaw
One thing is clear, a major shift from a seller’s to a buyer’s market is underway, accentuated by the current economic conditions. Choices exist for almost everything. Many sources are free. No single supplier can expect to dominate the market as Quicklaw did in the recent past. Prices are falling as deal making replaces the passive acceptance of the “list price”. Is this a good or bad thing? From a customer’s perspective, it means lower prices. From the perspective of the legal profession, it is less clear. Will major investment in new product development decline as online becomes a less attractive investment opportunity for the commercial publishers? Personally, I think not. Major investment in new product development will continue as forward looking individuals conceive of new ways of gathering and distributing legal information, and find the means to do so. It just may not be the existing players who get the job done.
Bookmarks  publishers  research 
june 2009 by JordanFurlong
Bill's blog
Last week I found myself in conversations with a number of very bright, plugged in people from around the business media world. And, as sometimes happens, many of them wanted to talk about the same thing: the coming importance of smart phones and the applications written for them ("Apps" as people like to call them). The conversations generally went like this: 1. Apple's iPhone has now changed the way in which people will interact with the internet. In the future, more and more consumer and business information will be accessed on smart phone screens rather than via desktop or laptop computers. Small screens are our future.
Bookmarks  publishers 
june 2009 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: Textbook rant
The solution seems simple to me. Professors should be spending their time devising pages or chapterettes or even entire chapters on topics that matter to them, then publishing them for free online. (it's part of their job, remember?) When you have a class to teach, assemble 100 of the best pieces, put them in a pdf or on a kindle or a website (or even in a looseleaf notebook) and there, you're done. You just saved your intro marketing class about $15,000. Every semester. Any professor of intro marketing who is assigning a basic old-school textbook is guilty of theft or laziness. This industry deserves to die. It has extracted too much time and too much money and wasted too much potential. We can do better. A lot better.
Bookmarks  schools  publishers  marketing  seth 
june 2009 by JordanFurlong
Thinking of Legal Blogs as Modules | Jason Wilson | legal blogs
When I stumbled on, I thought we might be seeing the first attempt at creating some type of managed content system. It would appear that authorship is centered around “modules,” which comprise the entirety of the research system. There is a “chief editor” of the module who is responsible for creating its basic structure and overseeing its development. Something akin to a wiki I suppose. The online community is charged with the responsibility of adding and editing rules of law, and adding, editing, and verifying authority cited. Again, like a wiki, where 10% do for the 90%. As best as I can tell, there are a few modules, one being a securities module, and another for evidence. The editor of the securities module has utilized his own blog content that he’s created to begin the foundations for the taxonomy. And the editor of the evidence module has this to say about the project:
Bookmarks  law21  publishers 
june 2009 by JordanFurlong
Law School Innovation: Who will get the first e-book into the law school classroom?
Thanks to this post by Jonathan Alder at Volokh, I see from this article that Case Western Reserve University will soon have students in certain classes getting their their textbooks via the Amazon Kindles. This Wall Street Journal report explains that Amazon "on Wednesday plans to unveil a new version of its Kindle e-book reader with a larger screen and other features designed to appeal to periodical and academic textbook publishers." Here's more:
Bookmarks  schools  innovation  it  publishers 
may 2009 by JordanFurlong
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky
Round and round this goes, with the people committed to saving newspapers demanding to know “If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke. With the old economics destroyed, organizational forms perfected for industrial production have to be replaced with structures optimized for digital data. It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem.
Bookmarks  publishers  media  innovation 
april 2009 by JordanFurlong
We’ve got the technology – now give us law e-books | The Law Gazette
’d love to see law books done properly on it, with its ability to bookmark, annotate and so on – but where are the law texts in new, rights-managed PDF formats? We need legal publishers to wake up to technology like this and get the content out there – that will drive the competition in the IT market to make devices that are constantly better. And all lawyers will benefit from that
Bookmarks  publishers  innovation 
april 2009 by JordanFurlong
Advertising - Magazines Blur Line Between Ad and Article -
f the separation between magazines’ editorial and advertising sides was once a gulf, it is now diminished to the size of a sidewalk crack. Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image Magazines’ approaches have included ESPN the Magazine’s fold-out flap, top, and Esquire’s mix-and-match cover with well-known faces, bottom. Recent issues of Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Time, People, ESPN the Magazine, Scholastic Parent & Child and other magazines have woven in advertisers in new ways, some going as far as putting ads on their covers.
Bookmarks  media  publishers 
april 2009 by JordanFurlong
Micro Persuasion: The Amazon Kindle is the Great White Hope for Monetizing Print Media
The good news is your great white hope has arrived. It's the Amazon Kindle. My unsolicited advice is to jump in now. This could be your last chance to monetize content. Please do so now before tangible media evaporates.
Bookmarks  media  innovation  publishers 
march 2009 by JordanFurlong
Legal Blog Watch
Several blogs commented yesterday on Incisive Media's announcement that it will merge The National Law Journal and Legal Times. Having served a stint as the NLJ's editor-in-chief, I was on the fence about expressing my opinion about the merger. However, I am spurred to comment after reading Mark Obbie's assertion that the NLJ's broad focus "is a prescription for blandness" that lacks "market-driven editorial sense."
Bookmarks  media  publishers 
march 2009 by JordanFurlong
Announcing Digital Sunlight: Publish2’s Platform for Collaborative Journalism - Publishing 2.0
Today, with the signing of the largest government stimulus program in history, Publish2 is announcing a new initiative to help newsrooms faced with declining resources continue to play the watchdog role that is so vital in this time of crisis. Digital Sunlight is our code name for a new feature set that will allow citizens to help journalists cover the stimulus act and the other big stories that affect our lives and our communities by submitting tips, leads, anecdotes, questions, etc. into a global searchable database.
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february 2009 by JordanFurlong
The lie of print advertising (followed by good news) « BuzzMachine
That myth is essentially that every reader of a publication - not just buyer but alleged reader - is exposed to every ad. So every advertiser is charged for every reader of every ad. Great while it lasted, eh? But the internet punctured that illusion because on the web, advertisers pay only for the ads a reader sees (and, in many cases, clicks on). So online, a paper or magazine can no longer charge every advertiser for every reader. This has exposed the essential inefficiency of print advertising (like TV advertising that is ignored or skipped). But it shows the inherent efficiency of online advertising. So if online advertising is more efficient and measurable, why isn’t it worth more? Scarcity, or the lack thereof, that’s why. In print (and broadcast), the proprietor owned one of the only outlets. And there were only so many pages, minutes, or eyeballs. So media set the price.
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february 2009 by JordanFurlong
Legal Technology - A Digital Power Is Born in Book Publishing
If the U.S. district court in Manhattan blesses the 323-page settlement agreement, Google will pay $34.5 million of the total sum to get this registry off the ground and running. (Rights holders will get a $45 million up-front payment, and lawyers will get about $30 million.) "The registry is the most interesting thing about this settlement and what will make the future of our business go," says Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild.
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january 2009 by JordanFurlong
MediaFuturist: 10 quick ways to reinvent Print Media (newspapers, magazines)
Here are 10 ideas for future success in what used to be called Print Media (i.e. newspapers & magazines etc):
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december 2008 by JordanFurlong
Slaw: A New Model for Legal Publishing
What’s unique about Faris on Bail is that the author, Australian blogger Peter Faris [slogan Fair Dinkum Politically Incorrect] decided that the Salvation Army was a worthy recipient of the revenues on his book, that he could reach the audience for his book via the web and that a legal publisher was an intermediary he was prepared to forego.
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december 2008 by JordanFurlong
Law School Innovation: Liveblogging the Future of the Law School Casebook workshop part 4
This final segment of the workshop, excepting dinner, asks participants, "Where do we go from here?" Ron Collins now believes "the future is only across the street" -- it is not that far away, if we can collaborate.
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october 2008 by JordanFurlong
Law School Innovation: Liveblogging the Future of the Law School Casebook workshop part 3
Matt Bodie is moderating a discussion on "Competing Online Architectural Formats: advantages and disadvantages." One of the big elephants in the room regards intellectual property and what the role of the professor will (and won't) be in that future.
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october 2008 by JordanFurlong
Law School Innovation: Liveblogging the Future of the Law School Casebook workshop part 2
art 2, moderated by David Skover, is "The Printed Casebook & Its Print/Electronic Alternatives: advantages & disadvantages in content & delivery systems." We broke into four groups loosely discussing these topics without any formal structure.
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october 2008 by JordanFurlong
Law School Innovation: Liveblogging the Future of the Law School Casebook workshop part 1
Dean Kellye Testy is moderating our first conversation, "Glimpses of the Future: the possible, the probable, and the potential of innovative reform." This is an open discussion -- details after the break.
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october 2008 by JordanFurlong
Law School Innovation: Future of the Law School Coursebook wrapup
Keep an eye on technology companies entering the market from unexpected directions -- whether Amazon, Google, or some hot startup we've never heard of. The legal textbook market is not a very big one, but it might be ripe, low-hanging fruit for some of these players.
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october 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: Random thoughts about the Kindle
Two months ago, I got a Kindle. It's a fascinating device, unlike almost any other launched by a significant tech company. Here's why:
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july 2008 by JordanFurlong
Connecting The Dots Of The Web Revolution - Publishing 2.0
finally figured out why. The problem with the AP isn’t really about linking, it’s about quoting. And the problem with quoting is that, now that anyone can publish any thought or idea on the web, and anyone can link to it or reproduce it, the whole not
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july 2008 by JordanFurlong
Strategic Legal Technology :: Baker & McKenzie Launches New Online Legal Service
“BAKER & MCKENZIE’S global climate change practice last week launched the CDM Rulebook website – a freely available, comprehensive online database of the rules relating to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol.”
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june 2008 by JordanFurlong
Printer Friendly Format - The Herald
If you have anything to do with the law in Scotland and have not heard of CaseCheck yet, you soon will. The brainchild of lawyer and legal technology consultant Stephen Moore, it is an online archive covering rulings by the Scottish courts and industrial
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february 2008 by JordanFurlong
Adam Smith, Esq.: An inquiry into the economics of law firms....
What about the objection that this stuff is our bread and butter—how can we give it away?? Lou's answer, as mine would be, is that in fact no potential case or controversy in the real world is so simple that simply referring to a treatise will suffice t
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february 2008 by JordanFurlong
Slaw | Archive | O’Reilly to Sell Books by the Chapter
Disaggregation of legal texts is a neat thought. Law books probably lend themselves better to this approach than other disciplines precisely because of the law’s extreme specialization. I can see a defence lawyer downloading only those entries in Martin
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july 2007 by JordanFurlong - Martindale to Change Focus as Some Firms Opt Out
Martindale-Hubbell will this fall unveil online client reviews and rankings of lawyers and firms. He called the expanded ratings system the "cornerstone" of a two-year-old project aimed at boosting the value of a Martindale-Hubbell profile in the eyes of
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july 2007 by JordanFurlong

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