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Legal publishing news: all I want for Christmas is an iPad

Sweet & Maxwell, a Thomson Reuters business, has announced the launch of its initial ebook for Thomson Reuters ProView, the new professional eReader application for the Apple iPad. Covering many of the most widely used references on both civil and criminal law, the company says Sweet & Maxwell eBooks on ProView mark a significant step forward in the delivery of legal information to the profession. The ProView iPad app can be downloaded free at the Apple App Store.
Sweet & Maxwell’s first ebook title available on the ProView platform is their bestselling Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice. Archbold has been in publication since 1822. According to the company’s own research, 23% of solicitors that specialize in litigation are already using an iPad to access legal information with a slightly higher usage among barristers. The research reveals that the legal profession is exploring how it can make more use of tablets and that lawyers are embracing the benefits of mobile technologies.
“We have invested in our eBook programmes in direct response to customer demand for more flexible and mobile access to legal content,” commented Chris Hendry, head of advanced media at Sweet & Maxwell. “The Thomson Reuters ProView platform introduces significant new functionality that hasn’t been available in this market – up until now electronic books have been little more than static documents that lack the user-friendly aspects of print books.”
With Thomson Reuters ProView, lawyers with access to Sweet & Maxwell eBooks can make notes or email sections immediately to clients or colleagues, and they can search the textbook without having to leave the page they are reading. Additional ProView benefits include the abilities to:
·         Search the entire eBook without leaving the current page
·         Update content as new editions are published
·         Add notes to the text, which will automatically transfer to later purchased editions
·         Highlight sections of text easily
·         Copy sections of an eBook straight into an email for clients or counsel
·         Hyperlink to relevant sections via links within the text
·         Quickly find and review references at a later date via bookmark or flag
To find out more about Thomson Reuters ProView and Sweet & Maxwell’s new eBooks visit:

Comment: We hear there will be some major iPad-related announcements coming from LexisNexis in the early New Year. The Rag will have the story first.

Still on Planet Thomson Reuters, the inaugural TrustLaw Awards were held in London earlier this month to celebrate TrustLaw Connect’s first year of successful collaborations between the legal profession, NGOs and social enterprises.

Hosted by Tom Glocer, CEO of Thomson Reuters, and Monique Villa, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, the awards brought together over 175 guests from the legal, non-profit and social enterprise sectors. And the award winners were:

Impact Award Orrick, Latham & Watkins, together with 17 other law firms, in their collaboration with Adie to promote micro-entrepreneurship in Europe.

Innovation Award J. Sagar Associates and Hewlett Packard for their work with mDiagnostica, facilitating remote medical diagnoses in rural India.

Collaboration Award Mayer Brown, together with 18 other law firms, for their assistance to Transparency International in its work strengthening the global review process of the UN Convention against Corruption.

In addition, DLA Piper, GE and Hamilton Harrison & Mathews were each recognised with special ‘Thank You’ awards for their fantastic response to TrustLaw members’ legal needs.

“TrustLaw could not exist without the extraordinary dedication and commitment of the many lawyers willing to share their expertise with NGOs and entrepreneurs,” said Monique Villa, speaking at the event. “TrustLaw is a fabulous adventure and has become a critical service for NGOs and social entrepreneurs, helping to keep their legal costs down and allowing them to channel their funds to those in greatest need.”