Monday, August 30, 2010

Today's 2nd Post: OED3 Will Not Be Printed

Publishers' Lunch directed me to this item in the UK's Telegraph:
The next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the world’s most definitive work on the language, will never be printed because of the impact of the internet on book sales.
Oxford University Press says a team of 80 lexicographers have been working on the upcoming third edition of the OED for the last 21 years and have finished about 28%. It will probably take them more than another ten years to complete. By then, it is expected that the OED3 will be released only in electronic form because of the Internet's impact on sales.
The most recent OED has existed online for more than a decade, where it receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay an annual fee of £240 [approximately $370]

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