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Internet wiping out printed Oxford Dictionary

London: The latest edition of the dictionary will only go to print if there is enough demand for the printed volume when it becomes ready..

London: The publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary says waning demand for printed versions means that the authoritative guide to the English language may only live online in the future.

The Oxford University Press says on Sunday because of the increasing market for the dictionary’s online version, the latest edition of the dictionary will only go to print if there is enough demand for the printed volume when it becomes ready.\

A team of 80 lexicographers are preparing the third edition of the dictionary.
The current edition of the dictionary – 20 volumes costing 750 pounds ($1,165) – was printed in 1989 and has sold about 30,000 sets.

The publisher says that 2 million entries from the online dictionary are viewed each month.

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