Oxford English Dictionary’s third edition may not be printed anymore

Due to the growing use of virtual dictionaries, the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary may no longer be printed once it is finished about a decade from now, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP) via Yahoo News.

Due to the growing use of virtual dictionaries, the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary may no longer be printed once it is finished about a decade from now, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP) via Yahoo News. Instead, the "word reference bible of the English language" may only be available online. The dictionary’s publisher said, "No decision has yet been made on the format of the third edition."

"The print dictionary market (primarily the full-length dictionary) is just disappearing. It is falling away by tens of percent a year," Oxford University Press Chief Executive Nigel Portwood told The Sunday Times, according to The Associated Press (AP) via Yahoo News. Despite his statement, Portwood said the Oxford University Press does not plan on stopping the print publishing of dictionaries.

The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary gets two million hits per month from subscribers, while the 20-volume print version of the second edition has only sold about 30,000 sets, according to AP.

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