Storied lexicon may abandon traditional print format.

According to the UK Telegraph, the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the classic 20-volume tome found in research libraries around the world, will most likely never reach the presses— in the literal sense. As new technologies for consuming print media continue to evolve (and multiply), continuing with the print version might simply be financially unsustainable for the company.

“The print dictionary market is just disappearing, it is falling away by tens of per cent a year,” Nigel Portwood, the chief executive of OUP, told the Sunday Times. Asked if he thought the third edition would be printed, he said: “I don’t think so.”

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