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Useful information for new iPad owners

By March 15, 2012apple, ipad, web-tech

The new iPad is coming out today, and no doubt a lot of lawyers will be getting one. For some of those lawyers this will be their first iPad. For those lawyers I recommend two books that they should purchase immediately.

  1. Tom Mighell’s iPad for Lawyers in One Hour for Lawyers (available: Apple iBook store). This is great for novice iPad users because it literally walks you through the basics in about one hour.
  2. David Sparks’ iPad at Work (available Apple iBook store). Not written specifically for lawyers, per se. But David Sparks is a lawyer and he used the iPad in his work, so all of his recommendations apply to lawyers. This is a must have book for anyone who owns an iPad.

For updated information on what legal apps to get (and other iPad and iPhone related news) you should subscribe to the email version of Jeff Richardson’s iPhoneJD blog. Jeff practices commercial litigation in a large firm, and started his blog to discuss iPhone stuff, but everything he says (for the most part) is applicable to iPads. This is how you learn about what legal-specific apps are useful.

Josh Barrett’s Tablet Legal is a good site too. As he said in a recent post, most lawyers will want at least the following two apps:

  1. PDF Expert, and
  2. DropBox

I’d add GoodReader as the number one app, and then whatever legal apps are relevant to your law practice (Tom Mighell’s book will give you a good running start on those kinds of apps).


P.S. If you appreciate these kinds of observations, you might want to read this as well.