Scotland mourns loss of Chambers Harrap

<p>The death of the printed dictionary has signalled the end of a Scottish publishing institution reports the <em>Herald</em>, after Hachette yesterday (15th) announced that it would be closing the Edinburgh office of Chambers Harrap.</p><p>Marion Sinclair, chief executive of Publishing Scotland, said: &quot;It is an incredibly sad day. It is a long-established company and so much of Edinburgh&#39;s publishing traditions are synonymous with Chambers. It is a pretty unique company in the Scottish publishing landscape and when a name like that disappears, this is our industry&#39;s Johnnie Walker moment.<br /><br />&quot;Dictionaries have migrated online and a lot of people have the attitude that it doesn&#39;t matter about the brand name. But often it doesn&#39;t have the wealth of lexicography behind it. That is a real specialist skill and that is what we are in danger of losing.&rdquo;<br /><br />The <em>Scotsman </em>reports that the body responsible for promoting Scotland&#39;s publishing sector bemoaned the loss of an &quot;iconic&quot; brand it described as the &quot;Johnnie Walker of the publishing world&quot;. Michael Russell, culture minister, said: &quot;As one of our oldest book publishers, Chambers is a Scottish institution, so this is a deeply regrettable situation. Unfortunately it does, to a certain extent, reflect the changing patterns of how research and reference are now undertaken.&quot;<br /><br /><br /><br /></p>