Get the Blue Book on your iPad or iPhone

No, not Kelley Blue Book, I mean THE Blue Book known to every lawyer and (hopefully) paralegal. Yes, The Blue Book, A Uniform System of Citation is available for your iPad and iPhone. This information comes to us straight from the Greg Hoole, the head of Ready Reference Apps, LLC, which publishes rulebook, one of the best legal reference apps on the market.

Legal professionals who want to acquire The Bluebook can do so from within the app at a cost of $39.99. This is basically the same cost (within a nickel or two) of the standard retail price. (And, no, Amazon doesn’t stock it from what I can tell.)

A number of us lawyers (including me) think that the Blue Book is overly complex, but the fact of the matter is that it is the standard citation manual. Many court rules require citations to be in Blue Book format, so until another work comes along and displaces the Blue Book as the gold standard, it is what we’re stuck with.

Having the Blue Book on the iPad or iPhone is a great asset, and the rulebook app (yes, the name is all lower case letters) provides a convenient way to use it.

For those who haven’t yet downloaded rulebook, now may be a very good time to do so. On August 22, 2012, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure will all be available for download at no cost. These works normally cost $1.99 each, so on August 22 you have the chance to get the app (which is free) plus ten dollars worth of federal rules all for free. It’s a heck of a deal. Don’t forget, the app also provides free updates as the rules are changed. The app also has many other state court rules available for it, including the “biggies” of California, Illinois, New York and Texas. I am assured that Indiana rules are coming soon.

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