What Impact Will Newsweek Going Digital Only Have on Law Firms?

At first blush, the recent announcement by Newsweek that it was going digital only seemed both groundbreaking and possibly foolhardy.

This change, while not the first of its kind–in 2010 U.S. News and World Report went digital only–will certainly not be the last, as more people and companies embrace digital-only content.  What impact will this shift have on the legal industry?

Consider the following potential impacts:

  • An increased push for more attorneys to embrace the Web, iPads, and other tablet devices due to more content only being available digitally;
  • A further reduction in print media in law firm libraries due to increased overhead costs of maintaining traditional print collections for an ever shrinking number of customers; and
  • An increase in digital content use by clients will lead to increased consumption of that content by attorneys.

In the immediate future, we can expect to continue seeing many publications being offered in both print and digital formats.  However, the timeline for publishers offering print alongside digital is certain to shorten considerably.  What started as print publications may well become solely resources for attorneys on the go as publishers strive to meet the customers where they are, which is clearly more and more online.

About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.
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