Oxford e-Dictionary

According to WaPo, Oxford University press may stop printing the massive Oxford English Dictionary on paper:

The digital version of the Oxford English Dictionary now gets 2 million hits a month from subscribers, who pay $295 a year for the service in the U.S. In contrast, the current printed edition – a 20-volume, 750-pound ($1,165) set published in 1989 – has sold about 30,000 sets in total.

I am curious to see how this will affect schools. There’s a significant cost difference between investing in one set of printed volumes and paying an annual subscription fee – though the benefits of having more up-to-date information at your fingertips could potentially off-set the expense.

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Posted on August 30, 2010, in Technology. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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