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Kindle and ePub Versions of Bankruptcy Code (Updated)

posted by Bob Lawless

One of my crack research assistants, Scott Cromar, put together electronic versions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (FRBP) that can be read using Amazon Kindle or an ePub reader. Because these books were assembled using public-domain materials from the U.S. government, we are making them available free of charge. Keep reading after the page break for links and more information.

We have versions both with and without the historical and revision notes for the Bankruptcy Code. Whether you want the full version will depend on your tolerance for these sometimes-lengthy materials at the end of each Code section. You can download the different versions from these links:

There are a few caveats for use of these files. First, we have produced these files from the U.S. government versions and believe them to be accurate, but we have not proofread the files or compared them to the originals. Use them at your own risk.

Second, these files are provided without technical assistance. You can find lots of web pages explaining how to use individual Kindle or ePub files. For example, here is an example about the Amazon Kindle and here is an example for an ePub file. If you find the files useful and want to show your appreciation, the best thing you can do is thank the dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, Bruce Smith, for making available the resources for these sorts of projects that help support the profession.

UPDATE (1/19/2012): I've bumped this post temporarily back to the top of the blog to note that new files have been uploaded to reflect the amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that took effect on December 11, 2011. The links now take you to the new files.

UPDATE (12/09/11): New files have been uploaded to reflect a Creative Commons license.


Now I want to see a company sell these with DRM on them, then go bankrupt and shut off their customers' access to the books.

for some reason, I couldn't download these into a readable file on firefox, but it worked fine on Internet Explorer.

We have checked these files on a Kindle DX and various Kindle apps (for the .mobi files) and in various web browsers, including Firefox (for the .epub files). All of these files were working for us.

There were some problems with the original file names and the naming conventions on our blog servers. The files have been renamed, and everything should be working more smoothly.

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