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Books Unbound - Online. Onpoint. Unlimited.

Books UnBound® is the exclusive online digital resource from State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® books that Wisconsin attorneys have trusted and relied on for decades. To access frequently asked questions (and answers) about Books UnBound, click on the plus sign (+) to the right of “Books UnBound FAQs.” To learn more about the new Books UnBound reader, please see the video tutorials and Quick Access Guides below.

Books Unbound FAQs
Are Books UnBound subscriptions transferable?

If you have an individual Books UnBound subscription, it will move with you no matter where you practice. However, a Books UnBound subscription may not be transferred from one individual to another.

If you have access to Books UnBound through a firm subscription, your access will not transfer with you if you leave that firm. If you join a new firm, simply contact State Bar customer service with your new employment information; if that firm has a subscription, you will gain access through their Books UnBound subscription.

Are there discounts for volume or multi-user purchasers?

There are several pricing options for individual lawyers, law firms, and branch offices, including:

  • Individual titles
  • Select libraries of related books
  • Full library

For more information about subscription pricing and options, please call Customer Service at (800) 728-7788.

Can I cancel my Books UnBound subscription?

No, once purchased, a Books UnBound subscription is non-returnable and nonrefundable. There will be no full or partial refunds.

Can I test one out?

Absolutely! Every Books UnBound title has the first section of the book available for review.

To test drive the title of your choice, go https://booksunbound.wisbar.org. Click the box next to single chapter and select the title you would like to review. You will be prompted to log in to WisBar.org if you are not already logged in.

Can I upgrade my subscription?

Yes! You may upgrade to a more inclusive subscription within 60 days of your initial purchase, and your initial purchase payment will be credited to the current full price of the expanded subscription. Your new subscription period will start running on the date of your upgrade. No other discounts may apply.

How do I access my Books UnBound?

Your library is available in myStateBar within your myMedia area. Click on the Books UnBound tab to view all of your owned titles along with the expiration date. From here, you can launch the Books UnBound reader or click a title to open a particular book.

How do I print?

Selected text can be printed from your Books UnBound book. To do so, highlight the text you want to print and then right click and select “Copy.” Paste the selection into Notepad or a word processing program. You can then print that document.

How does it work?

Once you subscribe to Books UnBound, simply log in to WisBar to access your titles in two different ways. 

  1. Go directly to the Books UnBound reader at https://booksunbound.wisbar.org. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to do so.
  2. Go to the Books UnBound tab in the myMedia section of your myStateBar profile. There you can select the book you want to read from the list there or launch Books UnBound reader and will see all the titles you own.
Please note that if this is the first time you have logged into Books Unbound, you will be prompted to set a password for a second authentication that you will use to access your books. This second authentication log-in is in addition to, and separate from, your wisbar.org log-in credentials. 
How is Books UnBound different from other online books?

Books UnBound is the only resource that offers the content from PINNACLE Books that Wisconsin's attorneys have trusted and relied on for decades. Enhanced to serve as a rich research tool, Books UnBound includes FREE access to federal and state case law through Fastcase. There are no additional subscriptions required. The pages you see will resemble the pages you’re used to seeing in our print books.

How long does a Books UnBound subscription run?

Your subscription to Books UnBound will run for 365 days. You will receive immediate access to your Books UnBound title(s) as soon as your payment is processed.

I added a Books UnBound book as a favorite in my browser, but that link doesn't work. Why?

You must be logged into WisBar.org before you will be able to access Books UnBound. Once you are logged in, you should be able to access individual titles using browser favorites or bookmarks.

I already own PINNACLE books in print. Do I have to subscribe separately to those books online?

Yes. Print publications and Books UnBound are separate products, each with their own features and benefits, and must be purchased separately.

I subscribe to automatic supplementation (“auto-supp”) for my print books. If I buy Books UnBound subscriptions to these titles, will I continue to receive print supplements and revisions?

Yes. Print publications and Books UnBound are separate products. If you are on automatic supplementation for your print books, you will continue to receive the print updates with invoices. If you no longer wish to receive print supplements, you must call State Bar customer service at (800) 728-7788 to cancel your automatic supplementation subscriptions.

To set up automatic recurring payments, download the printable or fillable recurring payment form.

* Books UnBound titles do not include codebooks.

What are the technical requirements for using Books UnBound?
Books UnBound is fully supported on the latest versions of the following browsers:
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari
  • Firefox
Books UnBound is also supported on Safari mobile and Android devices.
What is Books UnBound?

Books UnBound is a subscription-based online library of State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE books, including the Wisconsin Judicial Benchbooks and most of the content from our classic “brown binders and newest publications.”

Where do I download the forms that are available with certain Books UnBound titles?

You continue to have access to your downloadable forms on the Books UnBound tab of your MyMedia page on wisbar.org by clicking on Book Forms. Additionally, there is a link in each book in the Books UnBound ereader for you to get access to the forms while reading the book. For books that contain downloadable forms, you will find in the lefthand Table of Contents “Access to Downloadable Forms” which is located after the “How to Cite This Book” page.  At that place in the book will be your link for the downloadable book forms.

Why should I subscribe to Books UnBound?

Books UnBound titles are developed from the award-winning PINNACLE books you may currently use. They contain the same reliable information from the same experts you already trust. With Books UnBound, you can save money on your research costs, save time by being more efficient with your current research, eliminate the bottle neck that can occur when the resource you need is being used by someone else in your firm, and take your research with you.

Will annual renewals be automatic?

Renewals are not currently automatic.* You will be invoiced for the renewal of your Books UnBound subscription for 10% off the regular subscription price approximately 60 days before your subscription expiration date. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll send another renewal invoice before the subscription expiration date. If you do not respond to either renewal notice, your access to Books UnBound will end on the 366th day after your initial purchase.

Once your subscription is terminated, you will no longer be eligible for the discounted renewal price and will need to purchase a new Books UnBound subscription at the full, regular price in order to regain access.

*The State Bar of Wisconsin reserves the right to allow purchasers to select automatic renewal in the future.

Will the State Bar of Wisconsin continue to offer print books?

Yes. The State Bar of Wisconsin is pleased to be able to offer you information in a variety of formats, allowing you to choose the type most valuable for you. Many readers feel that print books are more useful in some situations, while online resources are most effective in others.

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