The Oxford English Dictionary is dropping its print edition and going digital for the OED3.
The Telegraph UK reports: “Sales of the third edition of the vast tome have fallen due to the increasing popularity of online alternatives, according to its publisher.”
UPDATE: The Oxford Times is reporting that the OED is not going all digital. From the OT: “The OUP told the Oxford Mail last night that no decision had been taken. OUP spokesman Anna Baldwin said: ‘No decision has yet been made on the format of the third edition. It’s likely to be more than a decade before the full edition is published and a decision on format will be taken at that point. Lexicographers are currently preparing the third edition of the OED, which is 28 per cent complete. No final completion date is yet confirmed.’”
The OED 3 has been in production for 21 years and is still a decade away from its publish date, according to the Telegraph.
The OED has existed online for the last ten years. According to the OED website, the online edition will relaunch in December 2010. Subscribers pay $375 as an annual fee for access.