Oxford English Dictionary ‘will not be printed again’ August 30, 2010Posted by Gyaniz in News You Can Use.
Tags: Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press
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.
The first dictionary in recognisable format was Samuel Johnson’s, which was published in 1755. It remained the standard text for 150 years until the OUP embarked on its project in 1879. The first Oxford English Dictionary (OED) came out in sections from 1884, completed in 1928. Despite its worldwide reputation, the OED has never made a profit. The continuing research costs several million pounds a year.The dictionary’s owner, Oxford University Press (OUP), said the impact of the internet means OED will probably appear only in electronic form.