I have just released a new book on e-discovery, which is not really a book at all, it is an iBook. You can download it onto your iPad from iTunes. Paper books are so last millennium. All they do is sit there, dead and immobile. All you can do with them is read printed words. It would be incongruous, dissonant, nay even hypocritical, to write a book about cutting edge technology on a paper book. Paper books were cutting edge in the 1400s! Now, seven hundred years after Gutenberg, cutting edge means iBooks on iPads. For me to walk my talk about cutting edge, my fifth book on e-discovery had to be published using the latest writing technology. Thus my first iBook was born.
If you are reading this on your old computer, switch over to one of your iPads, and then click here to download it now from iTunes. Then sit back and enjoy. No e-discovery adventurer’s iPad should be without a copy of my new iBook.
What is an iBook?
e-Discovery Stories from the Cutting Edge of Law and Technology is what Apple calls an interactive iBook. You do not just read it, although to be sure it still has words, sentences and paragraphs to read, you interact with it. It is a multimedia event with color, movement, animations, Internet links, video, and music. I think you will find the fractal zoom animation in Chapter Three especially cool, and a good de-stresser after a hard day trying to interact with crazy opposing counsel. But it is not all laid back as you can tell by this screen shot of Chapter One. Hopefully you will find the ideas both stimulating and uplifting.
This is a book to be sure, but much, much more. Not only that, it is self-published (yup, I figured it out, even though some of the Mac software for creation, and especially for submission, was not user-friendly and definitely needs improvement). It is distributed digitally, worldwide, by iTunes. For that reason, unlike my four prior paper books by major legal publishers, this book is not priced at $100 or $75. I priced it at $29.99. Just use your PayPal, or credit card, or whatever on iTunes and give Mr. Apple his share to help fund even more types of iPads. All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to my son’s charitable foundation, IT-Lex.
Go get yourself a Christmas or Hanukkah present and see what e-Discovery Stories from the Cutting Edge of Law and Technology is all about. Like my earlier books it is derived from my prior blogs (now all made private). So if you like the blog, you’ll like the iBook even more. It is also a good iBook to turn your friends onto. Or to share with your colleagues and family interested in learning what e-discovery is all about. Just what is it you do all day anyway, and why is it important? By God, we e-discovery professionals are on the cutting edge of the law, and this iBook explains why.
This 106 page iBook is designed to be an easy read, but thought-provoking nonetheless. It is also designed to be an introduction, the first in a series of e-Discovery Team iBooks. I am thinking of making Search my next topic in this series.
e-Discovery Stories from the Cutting Edge of Law and Technology is a good iBook for any young lawyer or student who is considering career paths. Indeed, it would be good for any age professional who wants to gain a better understanding, or fresh perspective of electronic discovery law. Perhaps you should suggest it to your near clueless, or merely out-of-date, colleagues. If they do not have an iPad yet, well, they are not only out of touch, they are out of luck, and probably not ready for this experience anyway.
Get With It, Or Get Out
It is a new world in litigation, a digital world. You need to make an effort to keep up, to stay relevant, or, frankly, you might as well just retire, or become a mediator or something. Otherwise, you will probably just hurt yourself or your clients. Don’t force your law firm or company to put you away for your own good. Get with it, or get out.
If you don’t think the truth is digital these days, just ask another old-timer who should have retired gracefully while he could, General Petraeus. He thought he could cleverly hide an affair that hundreds must have suspected, if not known about, by using a personal gmail account? That’s scary clueless, and from the head of the CIA no less! No wonder he was not well liked by the Company insiders. Perhaps they decided to put him away? At least one investigative reporter claims that’s what happened.
Want to keep practicing law in 2013 and beyond? Then you should immerse yourself into e-Discovery Stories from the Cutting Edge of Law and Technology. Any lawyer who wants to keep litigating has to at least try to understand what discovery today is really all about. They have to at least look at the cutting edge, not run from it.
Regular e-Discovery Team blog readers already get it, of course, and I am hoping you’ll get the ibook too. Immerse yourself in one of the world’s first e-discovery iBooks. There are a few others on iTunes on this subject too, plus every other topic you can think of. I am sure there will be plenty more iBooks on electronic discovery in the near future. In fact, I am already working on the next in this series. No doubt many of you will follow along and write your own iBooks soon enough.
The only constant in life is change. You can still read your paper books too, if you wish. I do. But you should try the new ways too. If you do not have an iPad yet, get one for Christmas or Hanukkah or whatever. Then get my iBook, and lots of other cool stuff too. Did you hear that Prime Minister Cameron practically runs Great Britain on one? You need a new iPad for business so you can read my iBooks and stay current, so perhaps this means you can write it off? No, this is not tax advice, just a suggestion that you get an iPad for business and for pleasure, assuming there is still a difference for you.