Friday, August 6, 2010

Follow up on Lisa Webley on Adversarialism Among Divorce Solicitors and Mediators in UK, and Other Paperbacks

Posted by Alan Childress

Two weeks ago, I posted that Lisa Webley had published to Kindle and Smashwords, via the "Publish Your Dissertation as a Digital Ebook" project, her book on the professional styles and differences among divorce lawyers in the UK and various professional mediator groups, Adversarialism and Consensus? That came out in multiple ebook formats, ePub for Nook, PDF, and online viewing through those sites. It should be on Barnes & Noble for Nook in two or three weeks. (Today, it is a Kindle book on the new Amazon UK.) The big follow-up is that it's available this afternoon (or tonight) as a paperback of some 230 pages, including many tables and charts that we spent weeks on to present the very best we could (thanks, Lisa).  It came out really nice. Eventually it will be sold on Amazon and B&N in print, likely in September, but for now its best spot is this webpage for ordering (I think Amazon is the seller/shipper). Anyway, it is a very good dissertation and we hope it is useful for people's research or their interest in the professions and the literature she analyzes in this context.

Also soon out in paperback, and on legal ethics, is my students' collection, benefiting Tulane PILF: Hot Topics in the Legal Profession ~ 2010. Many great topics are explored, including ads and friending judges, and it benefits a great cause.

Of all the project's other titles already sold as Kindle books or for its apps, or in other formats on Smashwords [or on B&N and Sony, but you have to search individually], the following have current paperbacks available or very soon. (And coming Aug. 24 is Cardozo's The Nature of the Judicial Process, with new Foreword by Andrew Kaufman, professor of law at Harvard and the premier Cardozo biographer; more later). Paperbacks KadishPathenonKcover include:  

Kadish & Kadish's classic Discretion to Disobey; Kitty Calavita's Inside the State:  The Bracero Program, Immigration and the INS; and Jerold Auerbach's Jacob's Voices: Reflections of a Wandering American JewThe latter tells his very personal story of struggling with assimilation in the U.S. and academia (and baseball!).

Also in the series with Cardozo, see Holmes, The Common Law (a very-affordable-but-hyperaccurate edition with my Foreword); and The Annotated Common Law, with the Foreword and accuracy, plus some 200 textual asides to decode his legal terms, old phrases, Latin and Greek, and all those writs. Turns out it helps that my old Southern relatives used expressions and speech patterns just like him (which is ironic since some of their kin may of shot him). And Warren & Brandeis, The Right to Privacy. Some nice new ones are on the way, including several classics, several new manuscripts (turns out some established authors were happy to eschew traditional publishing houses), and of course more on the legal profession and legal ethics. ...Wish I was publishing Jeff's new book on getting into law teaching, but congrats!

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Thanks Alan. I'll be ordering the Kadish & Kadish volume in pbk. and possibly (the wife willing) several other books as well (The *Annotated* Common Law vol. sounds terrific).

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Aug 6, 2010 9:17:06 AM

What a sweet Comment, Patrick. As I have mentioned before, please consider digital and print publishing in this project. Beyond your original work, I would be interested in any public domain work or classic that you want to give a second life, including a digital life but also paper, with your explanatory forewords or annotations. I would think there would be some nice titles in philosophy, islamic religions, and other subjects I know you have written on that could use your foreword and/or annotations.

As for the post above, turns out the Webley book is not available in print till next Thursday after all and that linked site does not do preorders. Sorry I was premature. But I am pretty sure the link will allow buying as of Thursday, so look for it....

More people should take important classic works like The Common Law and annotate/decode them for readers. This is done all the time in literature, and is very educational. It was hard to do, but rewarding, and I think the effort should be repeated for other great works of law, social science, and philosophy.

Anyway, I really appreciate the nice Comment, PSO'D,


Posted by: Alan Childress | Aug 6, 2010 4:56:04 PM

Ok, the Webley book is certainly now available for immediate purchase as a paperback at the link above and below. I have seen it and it is very good, in substance and (if I may say) in presentation. I have priced it pretty low, 12.99, for the first month. If that sounds high still, consider that it nets less than a dollar to me and her, total. So we are not doing this for the cash. Also, the Smashwords site for this as an ebook is even cheaper, something like 7.99, and allows download of a PDF in addition to ebook formats like Sony and ePub. Or if you are a potential reviewer out there, please email me and I will comp you one with pleasure.

Paperback is at
and soon at the larger Amazon site too.

Smashwords at
Kindle US at

Posted by: Alan Childress | Aug 8, 2010 8:06:19 AM

Alan, Lisa's book looks great. She's just left me a copy. I'm thrilled to see it published. And I have to admire your enterprise here and the speed of turnaround. Bloody marvellous. I have been telling others about this and how they should be thinking of sending you their dissertations. I know of at least two that I examined that would make excellent contributions. All the best, John

Posted by: John Flood | Sep 7, 2010 9:20:13 AM

Nice words, thanks John, on your Random Academic Thoughts blog.

Lisa's book is now a part of the Harvard Law School collection, and Tulane's. Soon, the world.

Posted by: Alan Childress | Sep 11, 2010 12:55:31 PM

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