[euralex] Re: [DSNA] RE: End of print dictionaries at Macmillan

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  • Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:48:53 -0500 (EST)

What a sad day!  When looking up anything in a print dictionary, you  
generally stumble across all sorts of delightful material you never would have  
known to look for.  With an electronic dictionary, generally speaking, what  
you search is what you get, and nothing beyond.
 
Dan Pratt
 
 
 
In a message dated 11/5/2012 6:00:16 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
gillesmaurice.deschryver@xxxxxxxx writes:

 
 
 
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This is Breaking News  indeed!

"Macmillan Dictionaries will no longer appear as physical  books. The final
copies are rolling off the presses at this very moment,  and from next year,
Macmillan Dictionary will be available only  online."

_http://www.macmillaneducation.com/MediaArticle.aspx?id=1778_ 
(http://www.macmillaneducation.com/MediaArticle.aspx?id=1778) 

For  the past decade or so, we have all been expecting an announcement like
this  from one of the major dictionary publishers, and I am happy to see 
that
the  honour goes to Macmillan, a key player in the monolingual  learner's
dictionary market for English. Finally getting rid of the paper  
constraints,
and starting to exploit the true power of the digital medium  -- and to be
able to do just that -- is nothing less than a revolution. I  predict that
the other major publishers will now also stop talking about  what should be
done, to simply take the step and do it.

More info in  Michael Rundell's post below.

Kind regards,

Gilles-Maurice de  Schryver

President of AFRILEX and author of "Lexicographers' Dreams in  the
Electronic-Dictionary Age" (IJL 16.2, 2003, free access here
<_http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4646/3_ 
(http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4646/3) >  )

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Subject:  [euralex] End of print dictionaries at Macmillan

Macmillan has  announced that, from 2013, it will no longer be publishing
dictionaries in  book form. It will focus instead on its expanding range of
digital  resources. Michael Rundell, Editor-in-Chief of the Macmillan
dictionary  list, sees this as both inevitable and entirely positive. He
regards the  printed book as a very limiting medium, and increasingly out of
step with  the way people look for information in the second decade of the
21st  century. While printed reference books are out of date as soon they go
on  sale, an online dictionary can be kept fully up to date. More than  
this,
the digital medium allows dictionary publishers to provide  valuable
additional resources, like audio pronunciations, interactive  games, and a
thesaurus function. As well as all these, Macmillan has a  crowd-sourced
dictionary (the 'Open Dictionary') fed by users from all over  the world, 
and
an active blog with four or five new posts every week on  language-related
issues. Michael says he was struck by one of the findings  reported at the
recent Euralex Congress in Gilles-Maurice de Schryver's  plenary: his
analysis of papers in the Euralex archive showed that the word  'look up' 
had
declined in frequency and been overtaken by 'search'. This is  the world 
that
dictionaries belong to now. For more details, see the post  on this subject
in Macmillan's blog: 

_http://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/bye-print-dictionary._ 
(http://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/bye-print-dictionary.) 

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