'Oxford English Dictionary' May Go All Digital
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
Look up the word obsolete in a few years, and you could find an example: the Oxford English Dictionary print edition. The complete OED, as it's affectionately known, now gets 2 million hits a month online. The print version, a 20-volume behemoth, sells only about a thousand a year. So the head of Oxford University Press now doubts the next edition of the OED will be offered in the form of a book.
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