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Law Professor Forms Independent Publishing House

QP This morning, the Law Librarian Blog published the second part of an interview with Tulane Law School professor Alan Childress. Childress recently started up Quid Pro Books, an independent publisher of digital and print books on "law, legal history, and law & society." (Part one of the interview was published yesterday.)

Childress reveals that he had dabbled in e-publishing before forming Quid Pro, focusing on classics that had been out of print for some time. As a self-proclaimed technology novice, Childress worked to improve on some of the problems he had noted with the other e-books that were out there, such as unlinked footnotes and phantom page references.

Childress's recent project that spurred the interview is an annotated version of Holmes's "The Common Law," which he says he "decoded" and cleaned up, correcting serious defects in the digital versions that were previously available.

E-books are not going to replace print books anytime soon, says Childress, and many publishers seem to struggle with harmonizing the two because of concerns about "cannibalizing" sales.

It's a very interesting (if super long) interview, and you should check it out.

Posted by Eric Lipman on September 9, 2010 at 11:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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