In a comment to a posting over at Out of the Jungle, I made this bold assertion about Canadian legal textbooks:
I fear the textbook’s life in Canada may be coming to its end. The publishers, notably West’s sister company Thomson Carswell, have now started publishing new editions of our prime authority texts in loose leaf format. My feeling is this dilutes the authority of the publication since we can no longer fix in place a specific text; it is difficult to quote to something if it is in constant flux. As well, fewer and fewer new key texts are being published, in favour of smaller publications on more focused topics.
I’d be interested in other opinions. Obviously the textbook isn’t going to die overnight, but I think the publishers are making a big mistake by moving to looseleaf. If there are that frequent changes to the law, I would have preferred to see annual supplements such as pocket parts.
Is anyone else as disturbed about this as I am?