The problem remains that and individual subscription of $295 a year
stinks, to say nothing of $995.00 for a printed copy. Basically, only
institutions or major publishers would find a subscription worthwhile and
those are higher yet.
Essentially it is a paradigm that does not deliver the goods.
edition of OED unlikely to appear in print format"
"Publishers confirm that print dictionary
market is disappearing so
third edition is unlikely"
Does anybody know the rough statistics on printed encyclopedias (which
admittedly constitute a far smaller market than dictionaries)? In any
case this movement away from print can only be promising news for our
(One therefore wonders the continuing usefulness
of edition numbers.)
For ease of reference, I guess. In academia, when a vagueism crops up
in texts being studied or researched, attempts to pin down the precise
meaning intended are often supported by reference to a dictionary; to
disguise the fact that nothing more complex than "reading the
dictionary" is being undertaken, full references to the OED will be
There *is* something nice about edition numbers, though.
Even online, I suspect you would have edition
numbers to identify major
updates, with more frequent updates occurring between those "save
Aye, that may well be the compromise they arrive at.
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