Wednesday, 28 March 2012

LexisNexis eBooks 2

After my sooking on the weekend about having to wait for my eBook to arrive, it lobbed into my inbox in the middle of this morning. (My excuse is that online purchasing has conditioned me to instant gratification...)

I had a chance to play around with the eBook version of Bourke's Criminal Law. I've been learning how to use some screen-capture software, and bought a USB condenser microphone to complement it, and so I decided the best way to review this is to show you.

So, without further ado, see and judge for yourself. (Click on the gear symbol in the video frame to select a higher resolution for better detail.)


Jeremy Gans said...

I've used Bluefire on the iPhone (when I bought a Kobo book that somehow didn't work on the Kobo app) and was pretty unimpressed at its clunkiness and lack of features. Why does DRM always come hand-in-hand with poor quality apps?

Your call about bookmarks seems right. Alternatively, it'd be great if the contents pages could vertically scroll - rather than using the sideways flick for page changes - so that you could take advantage of iOS's fast and controllable list scrolling. Actually, surely it'd be better if each annotation could vertically scroll, as that would allow you to use the 'flick' to skip to the next or last annotation.

Two queries (which I could probably find out from LexisNexis, I suppose):

1. Is there a subscription option so you can get the updates as they come out (like the dreaded looseleaf)?

2. Does the eBook version have all of Bourke's, or just the annotated criminal legislation? (I annotate the 'Evidence Guidecard', but have no idea whether it's published in an eBook version.)

Kyle said...

No subscription option, because Lexis Nexis sell this like the paperback: buy it this year; but another one next year.

From what I understand, it's technically possible to just update the eBook already downloaded, but it seems they like the idea of replicating their physical sales model in the online environment.

The eBook is the same as the physical paperback, which is an abridged version of the full service. It's actually a good idea, because the 3-volume looseleaf is just too cumbersome to take to court. The paperback is a good size to take with you. It contains the Crimes Act, Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act, Criminal Procedure Act and Summary Offences Act.

Anonymous said...

I think your attachment has been blocked by my corporate server, I cannot see it

Kyle said...

It's on YouTube, so should be viewable on most networks.

You can get to it directly here.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog.

You may need to speak up a bit in your videos as I find it hard to hear

Plinkett fan said...

I found this last video less amusing than your earlier Star Wars reviews.