A while back, when the new Kindle was first released, I wrote two posts about its possible applications for the legal industry. Specifically, I looked at how law schools and publishers of legal textbooks might incorporate the Kindle into the legal education world, and I also lamented the dearth of legal titles available for the device in the Kindle store.
As it turns out, there are many more ways that the Kindle can streamline and enhance the practice of law. Justin Rebello of the Wisconsin Law Journal has put together a list of 5 ways that lawyers can put the Kindle to use in order to save time, cut costs and increase efficiency. As Rebello writes, lawyers can
read depositions on the go, making notations and comments as they
read. They can also convert the Kindle documents to run-of-the-mill
pdf files with third party software.
The Kindle also allows
users to load their own documents onto the device, so attorneys can put
all of a client's documents into their Kindle, rather than stuff the
paper documents into a briefcase or lug around a heavy laptop just to
Attorneys can also publish their own works
through the Kindle Store, which is a great way to market a practice
while making some coin.
The Kindle can also act as a mobile blog
reader, letting attorneys stay up to date on news and practice tips
from practically anywhere.
Finally, the Kindle can cut down on printing costs, which could offset or even wipe out the hefty $359 price tag.
I'm not sure that we'll see a rush to incorporate the Kindle into legal
offices, Rebello's article definitely makes a strong case for use of
the device as part of a legal practice.