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Re: OED
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0500.  Monday, 28 April 1997.

[1]     From:   Jeff Myers <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Apr 1997 13:12:08 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0497  Re: OED

[2]     From:   Bob Stubbs <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Apr 97 14:00:20 GMT
        Subj:   Off-Topic:OED

[3]     From:   Hugh Davis <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Apr 1997 10:11:54 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0497  Re: OED


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From:           Jeff Myers <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Apr 1997 13:12:08 GMT
Subject: 8.0497  Re: OED
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0497  Re: OED

>Yes, and it is wonderful. The cost in England is around three hundred
>pounds. This is a bargain as in book form it costs over a thousand
>pounds.

You really think so?  Considering that the cost of reproducing a CD-Rom
was less than $10.00 (last I heard), I'd say it's an outrageous
rip-off.  If they charged a reasonable price ($50-100), everyone would
buy it, and they'd recoup pre-production costs in no time.  As it is, no
one (well, very few academics, I would think) can afford it.  Get your
library to network it; it's not as convenient, but at least you have
some access.

Jeff Myers

P.S.-Anyone seen the New Arden Shakespeare on CD-Rom?  I looked at the
demo, and it's fabulous!  But again, at a sale price of $3,000, who can
afford it?  I'm not certain the library can afford to network it at this
price (which includes provisions for 10 users).  If they charged $50,
I'd make it the text in my Shakespeare classes, and in a bit over a
semester they'd have grossed as much as they would by selling the $3,000
disk to our library, which probably won't happen.  I get the feeling
that academic presses are pretty stupid when it comes to marketing
electronic media.

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From:           Bob Stubbs <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Apr 97 14:00:20 GMT
Subject:        Off-Topic:OED

To Hugh Davis

Regarding my ealier message _Yes the OED is on CD-ROM_ I didn't realise
that email would translate the English Pound Sterling sign on my
keyboard as _A3_
The price of the OED CD-ROM is 250 Pounds Sterling plus VAT of 17.5%(I
spoke to the Multimedia Section of the Oxford University Press this
morning)

Sorry for the confusion

Regards
Bob Stubbs

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From:           Hugh Davis <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Apr 1997 10:11:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0497  Re: OED
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0497  Re: OED

Thank you to all who responded to my OED query.  I appreciate your help,
and I will follow up with the addresses (regular and on-line) that have
been provided.

--Hugh Davis
 

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