I am excited to tell you about the ABA’s publication of my second book: Introduction to E-Discovery: New Cases, Ideas, and Techniques. Here is a link to the ABA webstore where the book can be purchased online. It should be shipped in the next few weeks and in the meantime you can order it at a 15% discount. I have not seen the final bound version myself, but it looks like it will come in at just over 300 pages. Check out the cool cover I got this time. Believe it or not, it took me a few minutes to see the “e.”
If you have read all of my blogs since the Fall of 2007, then you have already read most of this book. But if you missed some, or just want to see what it looks like in a “dead tree” version, then order a copy. The blogs have been rearranged into proper subject matter order with a Table of Contents, Index, Table of Authorities, etc. The book includes not only my blogs, but that of two blog contributors in 2008, Jason Baron and Michael Simon. It also includes many of the comments that blog readers have posted publicly.
Although I am a fairly plugged-in person, own a Kindle and all that, I still like paper books too. Ken Withers would call me “protodigital.” A book like this does in fact makes for a handy three-dimensional reference. Also, perhaps you have some friends that are not yet “blog-reading” types, but might read or at least consult a more traditional book? How about your law firm or company library, etc? You get the picture. If you can help me get the word out about the book, or buy it yourself, I would greatly appreciate it.
The truth is, the people who need to read this material the most are not among my regular e-Discovery Team blog readers. In fact, they barely read anything online. They have probably heard of blogs, but just dismiss them “humorously” as part of the “blogosphere” where they suspect only wild-eyed crazies would spend any time. Yes, we bloggers are still the “Rodney Dangerfields” of the established Bar. But these same lawyers do respect books, especially books by the American Bar Association. That is why I put tons of hours each week into researching and writing a blog, and even more hours each Fall to turn them into a book. My hope is that this digital-to-paper effort will bring the latest news and ideas about e-discovery to a wide audience, not just the elite leadership of e-discovery, by which, of course, I am referring to you!
Apparently the ABA was hit up by many subject-matter-experts this year who wanted the ABA to publish a book they either proposed or had already written on e-discovery. Their selection of my book, for a second year in a row, was by no means a foregone conclusion. The ABA quite rightly insisted it be peer reviewed first. It passed. Also, the fact that my first book was a best seller for the ABA, received great reviews, and was cited (thank you all), did not hurt either.
Introduction to E-Discovery: New Cases, Ideas, and Techniques, much like my first book, e-Discovery: Current Trends and Cases, is designed to make e-discovery approachable and interesting. It is, I have been told, a pretty good orientation for students of all ages and backgrounds. It is my hope that this second book, like the first, will be used by laws schools and paralegal training schools around the country as a basic text, along with others, on this exciting and important new subject.
Here is what the good folks at the ABA, who are, by the way, prone to exaggeration, have written to promote my new book:
My sincere thanks goes to the many people who helped make this second book possible, including especially my family, friends, law firm, kind reviewers, contributors, and you, my readers.