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'Oxford English Dictionary' May Go All Digital

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Oxford University Press, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, said Sunday that it's uncertain whether the 126-year-old dictionary's next edition will be printed in book form. The publisher said many people prefer to look up words using its online product.


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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