Research shows that the majority of lawyers routinely access legal content from locations other than their offices – whether from home, on the go, or while traveling, not to mention the obvious need to reference legal content at the application in the courtroom. This modern need to work on the go makes convenience, portability and agility all key media attributes a lawyer uses. Given this, e-books might seem like a natural fit for the busiest mobile attorney. In some organizations, however, adoption of e-books by legal professionals is not widespread. Even those who recognize the potential benefits of using e-books may be slow to adopt them. For those who are considering adopting e-books but aren’t yet convinced, we offer three potential benefits of e-books that you may not have considered.
1. You’ll have more flexibility with more tools in your research toolbox.
If all your daily chores were nails, all you would need was a hammer. Just as a toolbox contains many tools, each offering their own benefits depending on the task at hand, the search toolbox is most comprehensive when it offers multiple media options.
There are times when using traditional print books makes more sense than using e-books. Maybe you want to spread out books on a desk while you gather research and analysis from many sources at once, or maybe your eyes are tired after a long day and you just don’t want to look at a backlit screen.
Other times, e-books offer advantages over books, such as when you:
- You are traveling or on the move, and you want to access several titles at the same time.
- Switch between devices frequently (for example, use a desktop computer in the office but a tablet when working remotely), and you want your notes, highlights, and bookmarks to transfer to each device.
- You are doing research that requires a more in-depth database or web search, and you want to be able to click easily between your book content and related online material.
2. You will save time.
You know your time is a valuable resource and you manage it carefully, especially in times of high customer demands and loyalty. However, if you use an eBook platform with the right business features, you can save time through the efficiencies created by technology, such as:
- Have notes and highlights automatically transfer to new editions so you don’t have to spend time doing it manually
- The ability to carry and access multiple titles at once on a plane or on the go, so you can search during what would otherwise be downtime
- Knowing that all of your eBook titles are always with you on your electronic device, so you don’t have to stop and make sure you’ve packed the right ones.
3. In large organizations, every office can have equal access to e-books.
This one is for those who work in large legal organizations that have multiple offices in different cities, states, or countries. If your business relies primarily on print books, space or budget issues could mean that those working in larger offices have easier access to a stronger book collection. If someone in another office wishes to access the same resources, they may experience a delay while the book is shipped to them, while the process incurs costs and time spent by a librarian or administrator responsible for managing the the collection of books. However, if the company has invested in an e-library, everyone in the organization can have equal access to the entire e-book collection. This can save librarians and administrators time, make resource management more cost-effective and efficient, and provide members in every location with equal benefits in terms of time savings and flexibility.
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