Whoa, for whatever reason, this seems absolutely shocking to me.
The dictionary’s owner, Oxford University Press (OUP), said the impact of the internet means OED3 will probably appear only in electronic form. The most recent OED has existed online for more than a decade, where it receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay an annual fee of £240. “The print dictionary market is just disappearing, it is falling away by tens of per cent a year,” Nigel Portwood, the chief executive of OUP, told the Sunday Times. Asked if he thought the third edition would be printed, he said: “I don’t think so.”
The OED3 has been in the making for the last 21 years and won’t be ready for publication for another decade or so. To think the behemoth won’t be physically printed seems jarring, but also a firing shot that physical books are now a thing of the past. I would probably pay $15 for an OED Android app.