Frequently Asked Questions
Legal Books Project User Questions
Why are parts of some Table of Contents not hyperlinked?
Most of the books in our collection are provided in collaboration with the book publishers. Some of the publishers prefer that we do not provide access to the books via the Table of Contents. All of the book content is available by searching, however. In the Table of Contents, books with chapter titles underlined are hyperlinked to all of the content of that chapter. If a chapter title is not underlined, then that chapter is searchable but not browsable.
Can I use figures and tables from the Legal Books Project?
You must check the copyright of the book first.
If the book is published by some Governments or from a government agency, then the book with indicate the publication is in the public domain when you click on the “Copyright Notice” link at the top of the Table of Contents Page. In this case, you must take the next step of looking at the individual figures and tables that you want to use. We may have obtained permissions from other publishers for the use of the figures and tables. These permissions are noted on each figure and table. Where no permission is noted, you are free to use the figure or table.
If the book is published by another publisher, the name of the copyright holder is at the bottom of each page with the copyright symbol and year of publication. For these books, you will need to contact the copyright holder for use of all figures and tables in the books. To contact the copyright holder for permission, check the publisher’s website for “rights and permissions” information by clicking on the publisher’s link on the book’s Table of Contents page.
When will the next edition of a book come out on the Legal Books Project?
The books we host may have been given to us by the publishers. We hope that the publishers will want to continue to collaborate with us and will ask that the next edition of their book be placed on the Legal Books Project. Each book is viewed as a new candidate for the Legal Books Project. Whether the next edition of a book comes out on the Legal Books Project depends on whether we have a new agreement for that edition with the publisher. The publisher must contact us with this request. You may also contact the publisher directly to request that the next edition be placed on the Legal Books Project.
You may find links to each book’s publisher on the book’s Table of Contents page.
How is the Legal Books Project related to the Encyclopedia of Law?
The Encyclopedia of Law is a comprendium of information about law in alphabetical display. The Legal Books Projec, the books division of the Lawi Project, is an online collection of full-text books, reports, databases and other documents. Some of the Legal Books Project contents have a corresponding entry in the Encyclopedia of Law. The Encyclopedia of Law will not have citations for certain types of the Legal Books Project material, such as Help Documentation, that are considered out of scope for the Encyclopedia of Law.
The Legal Books Project and the Encyclopedia of Law are also interlinked in a variety of ways. The Encyclopedia of Law citations have links to the Legal Books Project documents which cite them. Similarly, content citations appearing in the bibliography of a Legal Books Project document include links to that citation’s Encyclopedia of Law record. You can also view the Encyclopedia of Law citations related to a Legal Books Project publication or its chapters via the “Related citations in PubMed” panel on the right on book and chapter pages.
Why do some books have PDF files and others do not?
PDF files are made for several books created by some organizations. Some publishers also make available a PDF version of the full-text publication on the Legal Books Project. Those books that have PDFs available for the entire publication have a “PDF version of this title” link on the right-hand side of the Table of Contents and all chapter pages. If PDFs are available for each chapter of a publication, there will be a “PDF version of this page” link on the right-hand side of all chapter pages.
May I suggest a book for the Legal Books Project?
For a book to be featured on the Legal Books Project, we need the author or publisher to contact us expressing an interest in participating in the project. If you feel strongly about having a particular book included on the Legal Books Project, we suggest you contact the author or publisher regarding the idea.
You may find links to each book’s publisher on the book’s Table of Contents page.
Can I be notified when a new book is added to the Legal Books Project?
The Legal Books Project announces new books via an RSS feed. You may subscribe to the Legal Books Project feed.
How do I cite books from the Legal Books Project?
You can find information about how to cite a book on the Legal Books Project by clicking on the “Cite this Page” link at the top of that book’s Table of Contents page. Information about how to cite a page of a book, such as a chapter, is available in the “Cite this Page” link at the top right of that page.
Can I buy books from the Legal Books Project?
No. As a library, we do not sell books; rather, we collect and display them for people to use in agreement with the book publishers. To purchase books, you will need to contact the publishers directly.
Author and Publisher Questions
How can I participate in the Legal Books Project?
The Legal Books Project has a review process for all new content proposals. The book must fall within the scope of legal topics. Books or resources must also qualify based on the scientific or practical quality of the content and the technical quality of its digital files. Please see Information for Authors and Publishers for more information.
Who may contribute to the Legal Books Project?
Books and resources may be proposed for inclusion by authors, editors and publishers. Authors and editors should first agree on the application with the book publisher or copyright holder. Books and resources must qualify on two main levels: on the scientific and editorial quality of the content, and on the technical quality of the digital files. Please see Information for Authors and Publishers for more information.
What types of material may be submitted to the Legal Books Project?
As an archive, the Legal Books Project strives to represent the range of law, tax and political sciences books and resources available to judges, legal professionals, educators and students, and consumers, including specialist research, resources for university-level teaching, works on methods and procedures, and legal reports and guidelines. Those books and resources that can be integrated with other resources available at the Encyclopedia of Law, are of particular interest. Works consisting entirely of original research articles are not always acceptable.
Will new editions or versions of the same book or resource in the Legal Books Project automatically get included?
No, new editions and versions of books and resources in the Legal Books Project are considered new books and resources and will require review. Please see Information for Authors and Publishers for more information about the review process.
Who controls copyright privileges for the material archived in the Legal Books Project?
Copyright to all materials deposited in the Legal Books Project remains with the publisher or individual authors/editors, whichever is applicable. The Legal Books Project is simply an online collection and does not claim copyright on any material in the collection. Some books and resources have been specifically written for the Legal Books Project, but in these cases the material is either in the public domain or the authors have retained copyright. See Copyright and Permissions for more information.
Can publishers continue to provide the content of their books or resources on other sites in addition to the Legal Books Project?
A publisher participating in the Legal Books Project is free to distribute its content in any other manner, including through other websites.
In what electronic formats may data be submitted to the Legal Books Project?
Bookshelf requires that data be submitted in HTML5 or Word, using a mutually agreed upon DTD (Document Type Definition). The original high-resolution, digital image files must also be provided for all figures. A PDF of the book or book chapters, if available, should be submitted in addition to the XML version. Supplementary material, in the form of video, sound, datasets, or software files that accompany the book or resource should also be submitted.
Does the Legal Books Project have its own DTD? Must data be submitted in this format?
Bookshelf uses their Book DTD. Any publisher may choose to submit data conforming to this DTD format. The Legal Books Project may also accept data in other full-text DTDs that are widely used in publishing.
Does the Legal Books Project require that the full-text of books and resources to be freely available to all users?
In special cases, the Legal Books Project will restrict users from being able to browse through a book, although many books and resources on the Legal Books Project are fully searchable.
How are citations of books and resources submitted to the Encyclopedia of Law?
The Legal Books Project will submit a citation to the Encyclopedia of Law for a subset of books and resources included in its collection.
What kinds of usage statistics does the Legal Books Project provide to participating publishers?
How can I find out when the Legal Books Project adds a new book or resource?
The Legal Books Project announces new books via an RSS feed. You may subscribe to the the Legal Books Project feed.
Which languages is the Lawi Project available in?
Blanco.com is available in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French and English.
Is it safe to shop books at the site?
At the site, we guarantee that we safely and confidentially process your payment. We use the latest SSL encryption technology to safely transmit your personal and credit card information through our systems.
What do I do if I receive a faulty or incorrect item?
If you receive a faulty item or an item you have not ordered, please contact our Customer Care department immediately and we will let you know how to proceed.
Can I amend my registration details?
Yes, to amend your registration details go to the “Sign In” section and enter your e-mail and password. Then go to your account and click on “Make changes” in ”My profile” section.
Can I unsubscribe from the site?
Yes, to unsubscribe please contact us.
What do I do if I have forgotten my password?
You can reset your password in the “Sign In” section. Click on “Forgotten your Password?” and follow the instructions to reset your password.
How often is the book selection updated?
We regularly update our stock selection throughout the month.
Can I amend or cancel my order?
We are unable to amend or cancel an order once it has been submitted. If you no longer want your order, please return it to us following our returns instructions once you have received it. We are unable to add items to an existing order, therefore you will need to place a new order if you want to add further items to your purchase.
Can I return an unwanted item?
Yes, you have 30 days from the delivery date to return any not used item. We are unable to accept returns of some items Please check our “Returns” section for instructions on how to return.
How will I be refunded?
All sums that may already have been received by us and which have to be returned to customers, as far as possible, using the same payment method used during the purchase.