OED to only appear online

<p>The third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary may only appear online and never appear in print. <br /><br />Despite the title being in development for 20 years its publisher has said the impact of the internet could mean the third edition of the dictionary may never be published.<br /><br />As reported in the <em>Sunday Times</em>, Nigel Portwood, chief executive of Oxford University Press, said: &quot;The print dictionary market is just disappearing. It is falling away by tens of percent a year.&quot; Asked if he thought the third edition would appear in printed format, he said: &quot;I don&#39;t think so.&quot;<br /><br />The <em>Guardian </em>reported that an OUP spokeswoman said no decision had been made: &quot;It is likely to be more than a decade before the full edition is published and a decision on format will be taken at that point,&quot; she said.<br /><br />She added: &quot;Demand for online resources is growing but large numbers of people continue to purchase dictionaries in printed form and we have no plans to stop publishing print dictionaries.&quot;<br /><br />The OED online has been available for a decade and receives two million hits a month. A new version of the OED website is due to be launched in December.<br /> </p>