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.
Comments on “Dictionary Goes Subscription”
if you think that's bad..
the OED (oxford english dictionary) charges $650 a year for access. I can see about 3 private libraries buying a sub, but you know, they both might want to look up “demand curve” and “market sizing.”
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.)
Faster than your little red book...
WordWeb, a free computer-based dictionary is available at: http://www.wordweb.co.uk/free/
Re: Faster than your little red book...
It’s only faster “if” you’ve already booted your PC and have gotten online… 😉
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another stupid fucking idea
more stupid ideas these days than in the bubble
FREE FUCKING DICTIONARY