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OUP may not print the next edition of its multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary

According to Oxford University Press, the next edition of its multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary may not be printed and will probably appear only in electronic form because of the impact of the internet. However, its single-volume version Oxford Dictionary of English will continue to be printed.

According to Oxford University Press, the next edition of its multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary may not be printed and will probably appear only in electronic form because of the impact of the internet. However, its single-volume version Oxford Dictionary of English will continue to be printed.

The first OED came out in sections from 1884, completed in 1928. The second OED was published in 1989 across 20 volumes. A team of 80 lexicographers has been working on the third edition of the OED for the past 21 years and is still estimated to be more than a decade away from completion.

“The print dictionary market is just disappearing, it is falling away by tens of per cent a year,” Nigel Portwood, chief executive officer, Oxford University Press, has said. Asked if he thought the third edition would be printed, he said: “I don’t think so.” [Source: Telegraph]

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