OUP reference books go online
You can put a price on knowledge
The Oxford University Press (OUP) is making its academic tomes available online - for a fee.
From today the core collection of the OUP's reference works - which includes more than 1.5 million entries - is available at Oxford Reference Online.
The site has taken two years to develop and so far cost £1 million ($1.5 million).
The cost of accessing the works of reference - which include dictionary definitions, facts, figures, people, places, sayings, and dates - starts from £175/US$250 (ex VAT) a year.
In ten years it's expected that the general knowledge reference source will total more than 130 million words - equivalent to over 300 books.
Of course, if you're not interested in Aaron's Rod, Thomas Killigrew or Ulrich Zwingli then this might not be for you.
Frankly, at £175 a throw it ain't for me either.
Yesterday the Times said it would start charging for content. ®