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Macmillan Dictionaries to be online only

Macmillan Dictionaries will only be available online from the new year, with Macmillan Education currently printing the final ever physical copies of the reference works.

Macmillan Dictionary Online launched in 2009 and has since experienced "explosive growth" according to the publisher. Editor-in-chief Michael Rundell said: "The traditional book format is very limiting for any kind of reference work. Books are out of date as soon as they're printed, and the space constraints they impose often compromise our goals of clarity and completeness. There is so much more we can do for our users in digital media."

He added: "While printed dictionaries only get updated every four or five years, Macmillan's online presence means we can add new words and phrases on a regular basis, reflecting the ever-changing role of English as the lingua franca of science, business, academia and social media."

Macmillan Education's publisher for dictionaries Stephen Bullon added: "Our research tells us that most people today get their reference information via their computer, tablet or phone and the message is clear and unambiguous: the future of the dictionary is digital."

Macmillan Dictionary Online is a free English dictionary and thesaurus, as well as a blog about topical word issues, a weekly column on newly-emerging words, and the crowd-sourced "Open Dictionary".

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If I could make a small correction: Macmillan Dictionaries will still be available in the new year, and throughout most of 2013 while stocks last. But by new year 2014, we will be completely digital.

If I could make a small correction: Macmillan Dictionaries will still be available in the new year, and throughout 2013 while stocks last. We expect to be digital-only by the beginning of 2014.

How is Macmillian planning to make money from this? People don't want to have to pay to use a site every time I want to look up a word.

Will it be a yearly subscription or similar?

I'm don't know why everyone keeps saying that digital is the future. With global warming getting worse, we might not have electricity soon, so your website will be useless.

And I hate staring at screens, it hurts my eyes. I would much rather read a real life paper book.

If I could make a small correction: Macmillan Dictionaries will still be available in the new year, and throughout most of 2013 while stocks last. But by new year 2014, we will be completely digital.

If I could make a small correction: Macmillan Dictionaries will still be available in the new year, and throughout 2013 while stocks last. We expect to be digital-only by the beginning of 2014.

How is Macmillian planning to make money from this? People don't want to have to pay to use a site every time I want to look up a word.

Will it be a yearly subscription or similar?

I'm don't know why everyone keeps saying that digital is the future. With global warming getting worse, we might not have electricity soon, so your website will be useless.

And I hate staring at screens, it hurts my eyes. I would much rather read a real life paper book.