The Tech Contracts Handbook – A Book Review

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tech-contracts-handbook-logoThe Tech Contracts Handbook: Cloud Computing Agreements, Software Licenses, and Other IT Contracts for Lawyers and Businesspeople is an easy reference guide and training book that is useful for practicing lawyers and non-lawyers on cloud computing agreements, software licenses, and other IT contracts. It is a step-by-step guide that aims to simplify contract jargon and help in contract negotiations including sample contract languages.

Book Details

This second edition book comes in paperback as well as Kindle edition. It has 275 pages and is almost 9 inches thick. The book was published in January 2016 under American Bar Association. The cover has a very techy look with a background of 0 and 1 bits. ISBN-10: 1634251784; ISBN-13: 978-1634251785


$25.94 for the book edition and $32.09 for the Kindle edition


Target Audience

This book is a helpful tool for anyone who closes IT businesses. Its target audience are lawyers and business people – contract managers, procurement officers, and people dealing in sales. The main advantage of using this handbook by lawyers or non-lawyers is the use of conversational, basic English that is easily understandable. Basically, anyone who needs help with their contracts could make it their go-to reference guide.

What Customers Say

Ian Ballon, Executive Director of Stanford Law School, stated that it is a concise book that has to be on the bookshelf of every lawyer who is dealing with tech contracts.

H. Ward Classen, legal counsel at Accenture, stated that the conversational tone of the book makes it an easy read, allowing even the beginners to absorb its content.

Midwest Steve (Amazon) said that it is a great reference for technology contracts and helped him improve specific clauses in the contract, and that was already worth the price of the book.

Content, Approach, Style

The Tech Contracts Handbook covers topics like Software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscriptions, Warranties and Service Level Agreements (SLA’s), Data security and privacy, Indemnities, Disaster recovery (DR), Non-competes, Limitations of liability, Clickwraps, Open source software, Non-disclosure agreements (NDA’s) and confidentiality, Technology escrow, Copyright and other intellectual property (IP) licensing, Internet and e-commerce contracts and much more.

With this handbook, readers can easily refer to this as a manual whenever in doubt and offers tips for drafting contracts. It also provides easy understanding especially to those who are not well-versed in law to better understand contract terms before heading into a negotiation.

Why Buy the Book

The Tech Contracts Handbook is very affordable and worth every penny because of its easily understandable nature. IT contracts knowledge is very essential now because of the changing landscape of the IT industry and this books provides easy, friendly approach in explaining the otherwise complex jargons of contracts.

Books that Complement

Project Management for Supplier Organizations by Adrian Taggart is a great complementary book with case studies and examples focusing on businesses that provide goods and services to projects.

Win Friends & Customers by Lawrence J. Bookbinder is another great book that shows how developing a good network and relationships can be substantially beneficial to your business.


David Tollen is an author with a target audience of both young people and adults, and is also a legal trainer and a lawyer. He is the founder of Sycamore Legal, P.C. in San Francisco. He is a multiple award-winning author of fantasy novels which are instructional in nature because it teaches history and science. His first book, ‘The Jericho Novel, A Novel About the History of Western Civilization’ won him multiple awards and accolades.

$25.94 for the book edition and $32.09 for the Kindle edition


Moiz Noorani

Moiz Noorani

Moiz is a member of the expert writer team for He has written more than 100 articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry on this site.

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