Monday, July 2, 2012
Fastcase is bringing advance sheets into the 21st century in a new, free e-book format. This is great news for those of us who miss getting the softbound books delivered to our firm or law school offices. From the Fastcase website:
The term “advance sheet” has been used for more than a hundred years to describe the paperback drafts mailed to lawyers and libraries before the printing of paper books. Subscriptions to the advance sheets alone cost upwards of $850 per year, for each of nine or ten series of reporters – the final books cost even more. Lawyers in years past would thumb through advance sheets from their jurisdiction, looking for decisions of interest in their field.
Fastcase has replaced the heavy, voluminous, redundant caselaw reporter with modern eBooks that are slim, light, and beautiful. Fastcase’s Advance Sheets are more comprehensive than traditional paper tomes, because they include all decided cases – even “unpublished” opinions that won’t be printed in the books (but which are precedential in many courts, and often contain persuasive authority).
The advance sheets are available for Kindle, Nook, and iPad, along with other e-book compatible readers.