Alastair Jamieson breaks my heart over at Telegraph.co.uk:
Oxford English Dictionary ‘will not be printed again’
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.
Sales of the third edition of the vast tome have fallen due to the increasing popularity of online alternatives, according to its publisher.
A team of 80 lexicographers has been working on the third edition of the OED – known as OED3 – for the past 21 years.
Ze rest is here.
21 years?! At least let them publish the thing, just for their sakes.
PS Simon Winchester’s “Surgeon of Crowthorne.” Must read.