Many of us have been using our phones for reference for a while, and it looks like the legal publishing world may be catching up. You can now have the 8th edition of Black’s Law Dictionary on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can look up words, hear their pronunciation and even link into Westlaw. So far there are not many reviews, but what there are look to be pretty positive. $50 is very pricy for an app, but still less than what you would pay for Black’s in paper. There are a few law related applications-some that give you rules or statutes, a few different flash card type apps to help law students study, a nice looking application for keeping track of members of Congress. However Black’s seems to be the first app from a major legal publisher.
This suggests a trend. What will be the next thing to come to mobile technology? It seems like citators would be an obvious choice-wouldn’t it be nice to be able to run a last minute Shepard’s or KeyCite search from the courtroom? It would also be good for anything that it was important to keep really up-to-date-bill tracking and such. What legal resource would you most like to have on the go?