There was a story in yesterday's Telegraph about how the 3rd edition of the Oxford English Dictionary will not be released in paper but will only be offered in digital form. Guess what? That story probably wasn't true.
I liked the idea that the OED would go digital only. At this point the OED is so big that you don't buy the paper copy in order to use it. You really just buy it as an artifact or decoration. On the other hand, people will still buy it as decoration so the paper copy still has a market.
The Oxford Times are reporting:
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.”