What have Seth Godin, Laura Lippman, the Huffington Post and the Oxford English Dictionary got in common?
They say it’s not a crime to make a mistake.
Clearly that’s not always the case and so I prefer the faithful bed fellow of that phrase: “The real crime is the failure to learn from ones mistakes”.
Thus it was with an approving nod that I read at the weekend that the venerable Oxford Online Dictionary had announcedits next edition might only be available online.
The current (and second) edition of the dictionary – 20 hefty volumes costing £750 ($1,165) – has been sold around 30,000 times since publication in 1989, mostly to obsessive bibliophiles and weird collectors.
The next edition will likely be read by a great many more people and will not be made of dead trees. In fact, the current digital version is already enjoying two million visits a month.Continue reading →