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I had a great conversation with Bob Hopen from Bloomberg Law and Cameron Austin of BNA yesterday, and we talked about a number of things that are going on at Bloomberg/BNA. However, they failed to mention to me that Bloomberg Law was named by AALL the 2012 New Product of the Year. Congratulations!
We poke a lot of fun at legal publishers (although, we pale in comparison to some of the other blogs out there) and, quite frankly, sometimes the vendors make it too easy for us to point out some of the crazy things they are doing either through new products, organizational reorgs, or pricing schemes. However, most of the time we are glad that the vendors are there to help us access information in a consistent and authoritative way that makes it easier for us to research and practice law. Anytime there is more competition, whether from smaller players like Jones McClure or Fastcase, or from big players like Bloomberg Law, the law librarian community usually shows its support… and if the products are good, competitively priced, and easy to use, they usually will succeed in the legal market.
I, for one, am glad to see the competition and I wish Bob and everyone at Bloomberg the best of luck in being competitive, and congrats again on the award from AALL.
Here’s the press release from Bloomberg: