December 17, 2012
Lexis to Migrate pBooks with Companion CDs to pBooks with Companion eBooks "Over the Next 18 Months"
Well, that migration already started last month (earlier?). In addition to a few (how many already?) state-specific Ohio and Kentucky handbooks, titles with wider scope that already have been migrated include (or right now are limited to?) New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide and this is just based on what Ohio county law librarians spotted in their recent pBook with eBook "free" shipments.
Kudos to CRIV for the Committee's quick work on acting on this matter and obtaining a response from LexisNexis about recent shipments of pBooks with eBooks "free". The letter from Cindy Spohr, LN Senior Librarian Relations Manager (and a listed attendee at AALL's 2011 Vendor Colloquium) was published on various AALL web communities about a week ago as well as on The CRIV Blog here. The key business plan statement in the letter is that "LexisNexis plans to migrate our titles with accompanying CD products to eBook companions over the next 18 months."
Perhaps that is why on Dec. 14th CRIV started soliciting questions for its follow-up conference call next month:
CRIV will be having a conference call next month with LexisNexis Representatives to further discuss librarian concerns revolving around the change to the e-book format. If you have additional questions that you would like to ask regarding this change, please email your questions to Michelle Cosby at mcosby(at)nccu.edu by Friday January 4, 2013. I will compile a list of questions and the answers will be posted shortly after the call. Please check back to CRIV Blog or watch your listservs for this information.
Michelle Cosby, CRIV Chair
Clearly the CD is a dead medium but there is much more going on here than just the mere migration to another companion medium for pBooks. [JH]