OUP statement on future of print OED

David A. Daniel dad at POKERWIZ.COM
Mon Aug 30 19:21:42 UTC 2010

The main daily here in Rio carried the story, saying basically that no
decision had been taken yet but that it seems pretty likely there will be no
print edition.

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Paul Frank
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For what it's worth, here's what the Independent says about this:

'Nigel Portwood, OUP's chief executive, suggested that the next
edition of the OED would probably be available online only. "The print
dictionary market is just disappearing; it is falling away by tens of
per cent a year," he said. "Print is still important round here but,
wherever possible, if there is an opportunity, we are moving out of


Despite its chief executive's scepticism, the publisher has not
entirely ruled out the possibility of a third print edition of the
OED. A final decision on the format will be taken when it is ready for
publication, likely more than a decade from now.'



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