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The areas of legal mobility with the most direct connection to cost containment are e-books and digital lending technology. Very simply, because e-books are digital they don’t take up any physical space and can be managed, replaced or updated virtually.
For example, one law firm was able to slash its law library budget in half over a two year period by offering its collection in e-book format and making it available through a digital library solution. While it still offers hard copy print titles, the move to digital not only enabled it to scale back significantly on the space needed to store them and related overhead costs, it simultaneously helped increase the number of volumes available.
Another way e-books and lending technology can help the bottom line is with a “technology agnostic” approach. If a law library adopts this strategy, it will be able to set up a digital library that accepts and can dispense e-book titles from all different formats and from all types of publishers. Additionally, if the library has the ability to license legal e-books in the widely used .epub or .mobi formats, rather than a proprietary format, it can provide titles regardless of what device or app a reader employs. This agnostic approach helps a library avoid the cost of subscribing to multiple digital library platforms to deliver the titles its lawyers need, as well as eliminating the need to license multiple copies of the same e-book in different formats to ensure it can be used across a diverse selection of devices or readers.
And of course, legal professionals using e-books benefit from the productivity and efficiency discussed earlier because checking out and using legal e-books can be done from anywhere, on any phone, tablet or e-reader. Quality legal e-books also provide one other advantage to aide productivity: embedded links to online legal research solutions and citation verification tools. This provides the ability to jump from the text of a book directly into online research and back.
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