My mother loved her OED. I found the volumes too large and the print too small. Here’s another opinion:
To the Editor:
Re “Oxford Dictionary 3rd Edition.com?” (editorial, Sept. 1):
Sixteen years ago I left my day job to take a chance on myself as a writer. In the first (unsold) book I wrote, the heroine saves her own life by using a volume of the Oxford English Dictionary as a protective shield, catching a bullet there, before cold-cocking the villain with “The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare.”
Now you inform me that Oxford University Press is thinking of publishing the O.E.D. in electronic form only? I don’t see how my heroine can save her life with an electronic edition of the O.E.D.
That’s just great. Now I’ll probably never sell this book.
Danbury, Conn., Sept. 1, 2010