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Happy Birthday to BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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One year ago today we launched BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide — a free eBook.

We believe it has become the most widely reviewed legal eBook of all time, proving that everyone is indeed a critic. We have found 70 reviews to date.

So what better way to celebrate than by showcasing these reviews? Below you will find choice quotes from ten of our favorite reviews — in no particular order and not all of them favorable.

Of course, the only review that really matters is yours. So please download a copy now to see what all the fuss is about.

Everyone's a Critic: Ten of Our Favorite Reviews

Brett Burney, A Review of TechnoLawyer's Free BlawgWorld 2007 ebook, LLRX
"In their usual flair and capacity, TechnoLawyer has created a unique and interactive eBook that brilliantly takes advantage of the technology found in PDF files. BlawgWorld 2007 was designed to open in just about any PDF viewer and it worked very well in my various tests.... [B]oth ebooks are entirely free to download from the TechnoLawyer Website. You aren't even required to register, provide your name or e-mail address, or join TechnoLawyer (although you would be well served to do so) — you just simply click the link, download the book, and start reading."

Robert Ambrogi, BlawgWorld 2007: I Still Don't Get It, ALM Legal Blog Watch
"Squillante and Skiff deserve high praise for the design and format of BlawgWorld 2007. The book employs a navigation system that takes full advantage of the features of PDF. The concept is "three clicks from anywhere to anywhere." That holds true, enabling the reader to find and get to articles quickly and intuitively.... I am able to evaluate a blog only by reading several postings over a period of time. To take one self-selected post and add it to a compendium of posts from other bloggers seems to serve no practical purpose other than to stroke the egos of the bloggers who are included."

Bonnie Shucha, BlawgWorld 2007: I Finally Get It, WisBlawg
"BlawgWorld is all about educating non-blogging legal professionals about blogs. What are they? What do they have to offer? Which ones match my interests? Hopefully, then, some of these readers will be intrigued enough to venture out into the blogosphere. As a someone who has devoted a lot of effort to educating legal professionals about blogs, I feel almost embarrassed that I didn't get it before now."

Ross L. Kodner, Responding to Legal Blog Watch’s Critique of BlawgWorld 2007 E-Book, Ross Ipsa Loquitur
"What I find is that the majority of lawyers still barely know what a blog is, no less subscribe to multiple blogs and actually learn from all the valuable content that’s out there.... TechnoLawyer is providing something very valuable to the average lawyer in the trenches .... If even a handful learn something that helps them improve their lot in law practice and extends to improvement of their service to clients, then it’s a success."

Michelle Golden, BlawgWorld 2007 eBook Just Released!, Golden Practices
"The eBook is super easy to navigate as its creators boast readers are never more than three clicks from what they seek. It's a well-designed approach to eBooks and if you are thinking of developing one, this is a model you'll want to check out."

Michael Bates, Technolawyer — BlawgWorld 2007, Calgary Criminal Lawyers' Weekly
"As a lawyer who tries to keep current with the various advances in technology that can help to streamline the practice of law, I am one of numerous subscribers to the TechnoLawyer website and newsletters. I am also a contributor to TechnoLawyer's online project known as BlawgWorld ... an impressive collection of legal blogs from around the World Wide Web."

Jeremy Blachman, Blawgworld 2007, Jeremy Blachman's Weblog (Anonymous Lawyer)
"Graphically the whole thing is really impressive.... And they've packaged it with something called the TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide, which answers burning questions like, "How can I get data off a live exchange server for discovery?" and "How do you convene a mediation when the other side doesn't want to talk settlement?" I mean, irrelevant to my own life, but it actually seems like a reasonably useful resource if this is the sort of stuff you do all day."

Jim Calloway, BlawgWorld 2007 Is Published, Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog
"Some will find fault with any selection of best blawgs, but this certainly should give anyone a feel for the varied and interesting content being published by the citizen journalists within the legal community.... However, there is an interesting addition this year with the inclusion of Technolawyer Problem/Solution Guide. It features 185 law office technology problems with 185 suggested solutions. It is a sponsored feature, so that means you will be getting one particular vendor's suggested solution. But it is another useful tool."

Andis Kaulins, LawPundit Judicial Clerkship Posting Published in BlawgWorld 2007 by TechnoLawyer, LawPundit
"BlawgWorld 2007 is an exceptional freely downloadable pathfinding legal e-book published today by TechnoLawyer, the leading internet law tech resource.... Compare the extensive reach and the easy availability of this avantgarde peer-reviewed e-book publication to the dwindling readership of the pay-based printed journals still being churned out in the legal field and in other academic disciplines, as if the internet did not exist."

Sheryl Sisk Schelin, BlawgWorld 2007: A Review, Blawg in a Box
"If BlawgWorld's stated goal is to introduce lawyers to new blogs in a more efficient way, I have to say I'm not convinced it's a success. But if the goal was to produce an amazing eBook — well, here, TechnoLawyer succeeded wildly." [Sadly, Blawg in a Box no longer exists so we cannot offer a link.]

What Do You Think?

We welcome your opinion on our eBook and on all other topics as well. You may not know it, but TechnoLawyer is the grandaddy of social networks in the legal profession. Each year hundreds of lawyers and law office administrators share their wisdom within our peer-written newsletters. Please sign up for one or more of these newsletters while you're here. Like our eBook, they're free.

Topics: BlawgWorld eBook | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide

BlawgWorld 30,000: Watch the Video and Download the eBook

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, June 9, 2008

Recently, our popular eBook, BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide, surpassed 30,000 downloads.

To commemorate this milestone, we created the short video above. In less than 2 minutes, the video features 14 of the bloggers who contributed to the eBook as well as many other legal industry insiders. Watch the video to see if you can identify everyone (including yourself perhaps).

Download Your Free Copy of the eBook

BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide is a free PDF eBook.

The first half of the eBook, BlawgWorld 2007, showcases the best essays from 77 of the most respected legal blogs (blawgs). The second half, TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide, provides solutions to 185 common problems encountered by law firms and legal departments.

More than 34,000 legal professionals have already downloaded the eBook. Please download your free copy now.

Topics: BlawgWorld eBook | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide | Videos

Blawg Review #152

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, March 24, 2008

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Blawg Review #152, TechnoLawyer Style

Blawg Review is not just a blog, it's a clever social networking concept. Every week, a different blawg hosts Blawg Review, pointing out what it deems the most interesting blawg Posts from the previous week. Sometimes, the hosting blog will develop a theme around Blawg Review.

As you can see, 151 Blawg Reviews have preceded this one. Today, at last, it's our turn. Don't worry. You're in good hands. Blawg Review is similar to our BlawgWorld eBook.

The former contains links to Posts whereas the latter reprints entire Posts. Both have the same goal — expose people to blawgs and the excellent content they publish free of charge.

Given our BlawgWorld legacy, we thought we would canvas the 77 blawgs that comprise the latest edition of our eBook to see what they've published lately.

And then we realized that 77 is quite a large number. Fine for an eBook, but maybe not for a blog post. Time for Plan B.

This being TechnoLawyer, we decided to canvas the law practice management and legal technology blawgs within BlawgWorld. A few of these blawgs have fallen off the radar, but most of them (29) continue to crank out great content as evidenced by our selections below. (My commentary appears in parentheses.)

Because many other bloggers were kind enough to send us submissions for Blawg Review, we have also showcased our favorite submissions.

Our Picks from the Practice Management and Technology Blawgs in BlawgWorld ...

Above the Law reports on the most shocking court transcript of the year. (Are you sure this isn't the latest Quentin Tarantino script?)

Adam Smith, Esq. debates whether a blog can benefit a large law firm. (No comment from Kevin O'Keefe yet. Three, two, one ...)

Anonymous Lawyer explains why there's not much Anonymous Lawyer lately. (We suggest Jeremy work as a contract lawyer for a month on one of the inevitable Bear Stearns lawsuits. That'll provide some inspiration.)

Between Lawyers announces a new book by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together. (We're awaiting our review copy.)

DennisKennedy.blog dishes out some advice to lawyers who want to start a solo practice. (Trail Carolyn Elefant for a week.)

Futurelawyer's Rick Georges further criticizes PaperPort 11, this time by proxy. (The joys of activation.)

Golden Practices provides some tips on responding to RFPs, including when not to respond. (How about wearing a swimsuit to your next beauty contest?)

In Search of Perfect Client Service reports on the "lost generation" of large firm associates. (I'm a proud member.)

JD Bliss Blog reports on a group of Stanford Law School students who have started a movement — 1,000 strong on Facebook — to improve associate life at large law firms. (Until they become partners, that is.)

Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog discusses the most important button on your mobile phone. (Try guessing before you click.)

LawBiz Blog finds a law firm profitability lesson in a college hoops game. (Go Bruins!)

Leadership for Lawyers comments on the ABA's "Blawg 100," a list of the top 100 legal blogs. (For the record, we was robbed!)

Legal Business Development explains why ignoring "good ideas" for growing your practice might actually help you achieve that goal. (Okay then, no swimsuit at your next beauty contest.)

Legal Ease Blog explores the risks associated with evaluating lawyers on the number of hours they bill. (Attach this Post when submitting your time.)

Legal Marketing Blog provides six tips on effective marketing in a weakening economy. (Tip Number 7: Stop reading this blog post and get back to work.)

Legal Sanity applies the broken windows theory to law practice, particularly keeping clients happy. (It's the little things ... like returning phone calls.)

Life at the Bar explains what it's like when a lawyer becomes a party to a lawsuit and needs to hire a lawyer. (If you really want to blow your mind, think about a lawyer hiring a lawyer to sue a lawyer for malpractice.)

Want an extra $100,000 on your W-2 this year? More Partner Income explains how. (No, you won't have to send a check or money order for $59.95 for a set of videotapes.)

Nerino Petro's Compujurist.com recently published an in-depth review of Microsoft OneNote 2007. (Shame on us for not doing so.)

Passion, People and Principles has assembled the 20 worst Beatles songs as proof that "no-one ever achieves a consistently high standard." (Someone doesn't like the White Album.)

Ross Ipsa Loquitur tells you how to email Steve Ballmer. (Because of the volume of messages he receives, his reply may come from a retirement community 40 years from now.)

Slaw unveils the Slaw Timeline, a PDF file that summarizes each blog Post published during the past week using a timeline. (Did they use TimeMap? TimelineXpress? Timeline Maker Professional? Do tell.)

Strategic Legal Technology discusses two new social networks for lawyers, JD Supra and Legal Onramp, describing them as "conceptually similar to Counsel Connect." (Let's not forget LawCommerce.com.)

The Common Scold's Monica Bay becomes the last person on the planet to buy an iPod. (Her Walkman bypassed eBay and went straight to the Smithsonian.)

The Mac Lawyer summarizes a recent seminar on using a Mac for trial presentations. (Tip: Hire Steve Jobs to give your closing argument.)

The Marcus Perspective delves into the world of surveys, and provides some tips on how to use and not misuse them. (Take that Richard Dawson.)

The [Non]Billable Hour concludes that the only real difference between a large law firm and a venture-backed startup company is the $5,000 espresso machine. (Does anyone sell cost recovery software for macchiatos?)

What About Clients? reports that cost cutting at large companies may benefit small law firms. (Or perhaps law firms in India.)

Wired GC explores the problems general counsel face when they cut legal costs. (Like having to pay in Rupees.)

Our Picks from This Week's Blawg Review Submissions ...

Slate's new legal blog, Convictions, argues that the Supreme Court has a pro-business bias. (Well, the Framers were wealthy businessmen.)

Death and Taxes has an excellent cross-selling suggestion for family law practitioners. (Ka-ching!)

Small Business Trends echoes our sentiments about the foolishness of not listing executive bios on your Web site. (We told you so.)

Sharp Brains suggests you try to relax a little. (Maybe we should have linked to just one blog post in this Blawg Review.)

Professor Marc John Randazza of the Legal Satyricon took Sharp Brains' advice and makes two important announcements as a result. (Congratulations.)

And that's all for Blawg Review 152! Next week, 153 at Declarations and Exclusions.

Blawg Review has information about next week's host, and instructions how to get your blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues.

About TechnoEditorials
A TechnoEditorial is the vehicle through which we opine and provide tips of interest to managing partners, law firm administrators, and others in the legal profession. TechnoEditorials appear first in TechnoGuide, and later here in TechnoLawyer Blog. TechnoGuide, which is free, also contains exclusive content. You can subscribe here.

Topics: BlawgWorld eBook | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Editorial

TechnoLawyer Linkathon Winners: Susan McClellan and Charlotte Quiroz

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, December 11, 2007

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In October we held our first ever sweepstakes, TechnoLawyer Linkathon.

We would like to thank all those who participated! Their links to our blog resulted in 821 downloads of our eBook, BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide.

At this point, our eBook has been downloaded 22,436 times. If you don't have a copy yet, download it now (PDF file).

On November 21st we held the official drawing and chose the first and second prize winners.

Susan McClellan, Director of Marketing and Operations of Esquire Innovations, won the $500 first prize.

Charlotte Quiroz, founder of IntelliWord, won the $200 second prize.

Congratulations to Susan and Charlotte!

About TechnoEditorials
A TechnoEditorial is the vehicle through which we opine and provide tips of interest to managing partners, law firm administrators, and others in the legal profession. TechnoEditorials appear first in TechnoGuide, and later here in TechnoLawyer Blog. TechnoGuide, which is free, also contains exclusive content. You can subscribe here.

Topics: BlawgWorld eBook | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide | TL Editorial

The Easiest $500 You'll Ever Make

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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Just 8 days remain to enter TechnoLawyer Linkathon, our sweepstakes with a top prize of $500. Simply link to us using a URL that we provide, and then email us your entry.

Although I can't make any promises about your odds when the sweepstakes ends, your odds of winning today are an incredible 12%. By contrast, your odds of winning a typical lottery are about .0000007%.

I don't have any statistics, but I suspect winning this $500 might be easier than shooting fish in a barrel.

That's because very few legal professionals have Web sites — or at least Web sites on which they can get permission to add a link. If you're lucky enough to have such access, learn how to enter TechnoLawyer Linkathon now.

Update: TechnoLawyer Linkathon has ended. Read about the wnners.

About TechnoEditorials
A TechnoEditorial is the vehicle through which we opine and provide tips of interest to managing partners, law firm administrators, and others in the legal profession. TechnoEditorials appear first in TechnoGuide, and later here in TechnoLawyer Blog. TechnoGuide, which is free, also contains exclusive content. You can subscribe here.

Topics: BlawgWorld eBook | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide | TL Editorial

TechnoLawyer Linkathon: Link to Our eBook for Your Chance to Win Up to $500

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, October 1, 2007

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Please Note: TechnoLawyer Linkathon has ended. Read about the winners.

We recently published a free eBook — BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide. It continues to garner favorable reviews, most recently from LLRX. If you don't yet have a copy, please download it now (PDF file).

Today we're launching TechnoLawyer Linkathon — a sweepstakes in which you could win a first prize of $500 or a second prize of $200! The beauty of cold hard cash is spending it however you see fit. Buy the latest must-have gadget or 150 ice cream cones. Indulge yourself!

How to Enter Technolawyer Linkathon ...

Anyone with a blog or Web site that caters to the legal community can participate. TechnoLawyer membership is not required so please tell your friends.

If your blog or site qualifies, just do the following:

1. Link to Our eBook
Simply use this URL to send people to our site where they can download a copy of our eBook (no registration required): http://www.technolawyer.com/r.asp?L12085&M1

You can link to us in one of two ways:

  • Place an image of the eBook that we provide along the side of your home page and simply link the image.
  • Write about the eBook in a blog post or in an article on or accessible from your home page. Your post/article should contain the eBook's title and the link plus whatever else you want to say (review, description, etc.). Or you can simply use a blurb that we provide.The title of the eBook is: BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide. You can download some blurbs about the eBook as well as some graphics here (.zip file).

Here again is the URL to use in your link: http://www.technolawyer.com/r.asp?L12085&M1

2. Enter the Drawing
Once you have linked to us as outlined above, please email the corresponding Web address of that page on your blog or site along with your contact information (including city and state) to us at: linkathon1007@peerviews.com

After you enter, you'll receive a confirmation message. If you don't, please contact our customer service department (use the email address listed on the bottom of this page).

We will hold a drawing on November 21, 2007. There will be two prizes. The first prize winner will receive $500, and the second prize winner will receive $200.

Just one entry per blog or Web site. United States residents and blogs/sites only. You must send us your entry by October 31, 2007.

3. The Fine Print
There's no step 3! But we do have official rules. Please review them below. Good luck!

TECHNOLAWYER LINKATHON OFFICIAL RULES

1. ELIGIBILITY: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. TechnoLawyer Linkathon is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who have reached the age of majority in their state of residence as of the date of entry and who operate a blog or Internet Web site that caters to the U.S. legal community. Employees and directors of PeerViews Inc., as well as immediate family members (spouses, children, parents, siblings) and those living in the same household as employees and directors, are not eligible to participate. Eligibility will be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor. By entering, you agree to these Official Rules and to all decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Linkathon is sponsored by PeerViews Inc., 825 Third Avenue, Second Floor, New York, NY 10022 ("Sponsor").

2. TO ENTER: To enter, add the link provided below to your Web site or blog post to send people to our site where they can download our eBook "BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide." The link must be added to your Web site or blog between October 1, 2007 and October 31, 2007. Links added before or after those dates are not eligible for the drawing. Link to our site in one of two ways: (1) place an image of the eBook that we provide along the side of your home page and link the image; or (2) write about the eBook in a blog post or in an article on or accessible from your home page that includes the title of the eBook, the link to it, and whatever else you want to say (review, description, etc.) or use a blurb that we provide on our Web site. The link to our Web site that you must use is: http://www.technolawyer.com/r.asp?L12085&M1. No other link will be eligible even if it goes to the same Web page. Download information, blurbs, graphics and more related to the eBook. Once you have linked to us as described above, send an email message to linkathon1007@peerviews.com with the Web address of your blog or Web site containing the link to the eBook, along with your full name, city, state, and email address. Email entries must be received by Sponsor's server no later than 11:59:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2007. Limit of one (1) entry per Web site or blog. Incomplete or garbled entries and entries with nonfunctioning links will be disqualified. Entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means are not eligible.

3. DRAWING and PRIZES: One (1) First Prize winner and one (1) Second Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries held on or about November 21, 2007. First Prize winner will receive $500. Second Prize winner will receive $200. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. Potential winners will be notified by email within five (5) business days after the drawing and must claim the prize by signing and returning a declaration of eligibility and liability/publicity release within five (5) business days of notification. If a potential winner cannot be reached within five (5) business days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, or if potential winner does not timely return the signed claim forms, that potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate entrant will be selected in at random from among all remaining eligible entries. Any applicable taxes or fees on prizes are the sole responsibility of winners. Limit one prize per person. Prizes will be mailed in the form of a check to each winner within four to six weeks after the drawing date. No substitution of prize. Prizes are non-transferable prior to award. Sponsor is not responsible for actions after delivery.

4. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  By accepting a prize, winners agree that the Sponsor, and those acting under its authority, may use winners' names, cities, likenesses, and Web site or blog titles for advertising and promotional purposes in any media without limitation or obligation, and without further consideration, unless prohibited by law. By entering, you agree that the Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents, will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be held harmless by you for any liability for any injury, loss or damages of any kind to persons, including death, and property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Linkathon, downloading any materials, or from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize or prize-related activity. Void where prohibited.

5. MISCELLANEOUS: All entries become the sole property of the Sponsor. In the event of a dispute, entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address used to submit the entry. The "authorized account holder" is deemed as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, service provider or other online organization that is responsible for assigning e- mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A potential winner may be requested to provide Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry. If for any reason the Linkathon is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, human error or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the promotion, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion and to select winners from among the email entries received prior to such failure. The Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, stolen or misdirected mail or email. Sponsor is not responsible for any computer, telephone, satellite, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, or availability, or garbled, corrupt or jumbled transmissions, traffic congestion, or any technical error, or for injury or damage to participants' or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from downloading the eBook, links or otherwise participating in the Linkathon or using the TechnoLawyer/PeerViews Web site.

6. WINNERS' LIST: For a list of the prize winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to TechnoLawyer Linkathon Winners, PeerViews Inc., 825 Third Avenue, Second Floor, New York, NY 10022, between October 31 and November 30, 2007. Requests received outside this period will not be processed. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of Winners' List.

Topics: BlawgWorld eBook | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide

BlawgWorld 2007-08 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide: Download Your Free Copy

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, October 1, 2007

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BlawgWorld 2007-08 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide is a free eBook in PDF format. Actually, it's two eBooks in one.

BlawgWorld enables you to explore and discover legal blogs (blawgs) without spinning your wheels. It features the best essays of the year from 77 of the most influential blawgs.

TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide uses a question/answer format to help you find solutions to problems commonly encountered by law firms. It contains 185 solutions organized into 58 topics.

Thanks to the eBook's inspired design, you're never more than three clicks away from what you want to read. BlawgWorld 2007-08 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide has received glowing reviews from many publications. For example, LLRX writes:

"The substance of both books is exceptional, while the eBook format is innovative and inviting.... [The eBook] was designed to open in just about any PDF viewer and it worked very well in my various tests.... The best part of the entire eBook is that it is free."

Download Your Free Copy Now
BlawgWorld 2007-08 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide is truly free — no registration hassles.

So please download your copy now (PDF file).

And then enter our sweepstakes.

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David Lat of Above the Law Appears on ABC News

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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It can be soooo difficult deciding which four star restaurant to dine at every day when you're a summer associate. Decisions, decisions.

Of course, I wouldn't know as I was a summer associate during the lean years so I typically received only one lunch offer per day ("Spago at 1:00? Never heard of it, but I'm game.") We had it so tough back then.

Today's summers don't know how good they've got it, but David Lat of Above the Law does. Recently, ABC News interviewed David about today's summer associate programs. Watch the video.

Above the Law is one of 77 influential legal blogs (blawgs) featured BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide, a popular PDF eBook. Download your free copy.

Topics: BlawgWorld eBook | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | Videos

How to Open Web Links in PDF Files with One Click Instead of Two

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, August 13, 2007

Now that BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide (our free PDF eBook) resides on thousands of hard drives, we would like to pass along a hot tip for those of you accessing this eBook with Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. The eBook contains hundreds of Web links so you may find yourself staring at this dialog box:

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Fortunately, you can easily turn off this annoying "feature" and save your hand from all those extra clicks. Below you'll find instructions for Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions 7 and 8.

Adobe Acrobat 8 | Adobe Reader 8
1. Under the Edit menu, select Preferences. (Mac users can find Preferences under the Acrobat menu.)

2. Select Trust Manager in the left column.

3. Click the Change Settings button.

4. Where it says "PDF files may connect to web sites to share or get information," select "Allow all web sites."

5. Click OK.

Adobe Acrobat 7 | Adobe Reader 7
1. Under the Edit menu, select Preferences. (Mac users can find Preferences under the Acrobat menu.)

2. Select Trust Manager in the left column.

3. Click the Change Site Settings button.

4. Where it says "Default behavior for URL access," select "Always Allow."

5. Click OK.

About BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide
The best way to discover legal blogs (blawgs), BlawgWorld 2007 features 77 thought-provoking essays from 77 of the most influential blawgs. The product guide reinvented, TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide uses a unique question/answer format to guide law firms to solutions for problems they experience. Both eBooks are free and reside in the same PDF file. Download your free copy. Learn how to become distributor or place a copy on your intranet.

Topics: BlawgWorld eBook | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Privacy/Security | TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide | TL Editorial

Blogs as Books and the Repurposing of Content

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, August 6, 2007

Blawgworld_book_c2_free_185 As you may have heard, one week ago we released two eBooks in one PDF file: BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide. Currently available for free download from about 65 Web sites, you can download a copy here.

A compendium of 77 outstanding blawg posts, the BlawgWorld 2007 section of our eBook follows a well-proven model — repurposed content reaches new audiences.

For example, some people watch movies in theaters, but even more people watch them on DVD, HBO, network television, iPods, airplanes, etc.

Also, popular newspaper columnists and comic strip artists often collect their work in books. And those who write books often publish a chapter in a magazine.

Why should blogs be any different?

That's what we think, and that's also what the folks at SharedBook think. Talk about timing — the same week that we released our eBook, SharedBook released Blog2Print.

On-demand vanity publishing for blogs, Blog2Print enables bloggers and their readers to order a blog as a book (you get both a PDF eBook and a printed version). You can select the entire blog or posts within a date range, and add cover art, a dedication, and other material. At this point in time, you cannot cherry pick blog posts. Also, Blog2Print currently supports only Blogger.

Blog2Print joins Blurb in an increasingly crowded space.

Now, I personally think it's more interesting to read a collection of essays from different blogs than from one blog, but I think Blog2Print and Blurb have many potential uses.

For example, law firms that publish a blawg could use Blog2Print to send a book of their blawg posts to their clients every year.

Also, a number of blogs exist that have a beginning, middle, and end just like a book. For example, my personal favorite, The Darth Side, is a diary of Darth Vader written during Episodes V and VI, the last two Star Wars movies (sequence-wise). It's hilarious and a perfect candidate for printing in book form. In fact, the author has already made a PDF file of the blog available for download — and it's certainly easier to read the PDF file than to read the blog.

So, how well does Blog2Print work? My printer industry blogger friend Jim Lyons has already given it a spin using his own blog as the proverbial guinea pig. Read his post, Enhanced SharedBook Blogger Widget.

Also announced last week, Wikitravel introduced Wikitravel Press, a new service that enables you to print your own travel books using information from Wikitravel, a user-generated online travel guide.

(Blurb and Wikitravel Press links provided by Bob Ambrogi of Lawsites.)

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