Dictionary Goes Subscription

from the under-the-wire dept

Since today is talk about content subscription day, I might as well sneak this story in under the wire. It seems that Merriam Webster has decided to start a subscription service for their unabridged dictionary online. The collegiate dictionary will remain free online, but if you want twice as many words at your fingertips, and other funky features like the ability to find rhyming words – you’re going to have to cough up $30 every year. I wonder how many people will sign up for such a service. It seems like it would be a very very small group. I would imagine that the free edition is fine for most people. Personally, I still rely (less than I should, I know) on the little red dictionary I bought many many many years ago for $0.99 (the price tag is still on it). It’s about the only thing that is required at all times to be sitting on my desk. I don’t think I’d give it up for $30 a year to access a website.

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The Misanthrope (user link) says:

The Cost of Words

Each his own, I guess. While there’s no way in hell I’d spend two bucks for a cup of Starbucks (or any designer) coffee, thirty bucks a year to access a dictionary seems like a bargain. As Websters’ commercial might say, “For the price of 15 cups of coffee…”
And like someone else said – you think this is bad, check out the OED’s fee. (Then again, check out the OED – *that’s* a freakin’ dictionary.)

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