Oxford English Dictionary says Goodbye to Print


As I just watched this clip from early 90’s or late 80’s (I think),  I could not stop laughing my ass off!

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.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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