For all you bookworms and dictionary lovers, we’re sorry, but the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is going to be released only online. Thanks a lot Internet, but I was really looking forward to turning through the the thousand pages of delicious verbs, nouns and adjectives.
The Future of The Dictionary
Seeing that the dictionary has failed to garner a profit after 140 years since it’s inception, it seems like a more profitable route to just release it online. The second edition has been online for about 10 years now, and the website receives about 2 million hits per month.
This could be a growing trend, as companies like Amazon.com and their new product, the Kindle, have had continuous increases in profits, while Barnes & Noble has been seeing a decline in their real book retail sales.
If Oxford really does decide to only publish their immense dictionary online, it could mark the dawn of a new era in the publishing world. The Internet really is taking over.