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108 Law Libr. J. 7 (2016)

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LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL Vol. 108:1 [2016-1]


          Possible   Futures   for the  Legal  Treatise  in an  Environment
          of Wikis,   Blogs,  and  Myriad   Online   Primary   Law   Sources*


                                                              Peter W. Martin-


    Law treatises published in e-book form have begun to appear. The article compares
    this latest format to alternatives, print and electronic, and traces the corporate and
    technological developments that have brought treatises to their current place and role
    among legal research tools. It concludes by reviewing a range of possible futures for
    this classic form of legal scholarship.

The Appearance  of Law  E-books.      ....................................7
Law  Treatises at the Dawn of Computer-Based  Legal Research..............9
Print Treatises and Online Primary Sources............................ 12
Online Sources and  Treatises Brought Under Common Ownership ........... 13
Electronic Treatises and Online Primary Sources-Stage  1 ..................  15
Electronic Treatises and Online Primary Sources-Stage  2 ..................  19
Treatises in E-book Format and Online  Primary Sources ...................   22
The Open  Web  as a Possible Environment for Legal Commentary   of
    Scale and Longevity ..     .........................................23
    The Necessary Primary Sources Are Now  Accessible ...................23
    Missing Middleware and Data Structures ...........................    24
    A Need for New Kinds of Publishers or Hosts ........................ 26
    Existing  Institutions Becoming Publishers of Significant Online
        Commentary .       ............................................ 28
     New  Forms  of Production and Dissemination-Blogs,   Wikis, and...  .. ..28
Concluding  Reflections.    ........................................... 31


                       The  Appearance  of Law  E-books

    11 Recently Thomson  Reuters and  LexisNexis began releasing e-book versions
of some of their treatises and other legal reference works, in the United States and
elsewhere.' Wolters Kluwer  has followed suit, publishing numbers  of its Aspen


     © 9 Peter W. Martin, 2016. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-
Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons
.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/. The article builds on papers presented at the Law via the Internet Confer-
ence, Montreal, 2007, and at faculty workshops in 2011.
       Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Emeritus, and cofounder, Legal Information Institute,
Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York.
    1. See Michael Cohn, Thomson Reuters Builds eBook Library, ACCOUNTING TODAY (July 10, 2012),
http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/thomson-reuters-proview-ebook-ereader-tax-accounting


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