Oxford English Dictionary says Goodbye to Print
September 1, 2010 Leave a comment
Fast forward two decades, thanks to the technology, particularly, to iPad, and the Internet book companies like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, we have certainly come a very long way in such a short period of time. The third 20 set volume edition of the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) will be online-only.
Oxford’s hard at work on the third edition, which will be even longer. 80 lexicographers have been working on the dictionary for 21 years, and they are still only 28% complete. That puts the OED 3rd Edition another 50 years away by my reckoning, although Oxford themselves say it’ll only take another ten years.
The second edition of the dictionary which came out in 1989 has been online for about 10 years now and garners about 2 million hits per month from subscribers. Add to that a plethora of online dictionary sources, and the stack of books that make up OED3 seems a bit, well, like an unnecessary massacre of trees.
Those of you are upset about the move, put it this way: less tree to be cut… more greens 🙂
Last, I hope the guy in the video has got a new computer by now and finished his report on space.