Check this out: The Book Bench: That Old Dictionary Love : The New Yorker.
I would just like to re-mention, in case anyone forgot, that the OED is my favorite database/dictionary/reference tool OF ALL FREAKING TIME. Sometimes I think about what the world would be like without access to it, and sometimes I wonder if the OED is why I’ve been in some way connected to academia for every moment of my life since I found out about it, circa 2002. While it probably is not the reason that I will have four post-high school degrees, it is certainly a perk of studying for that long.
I was saving room on my bookshelf for the 20-volume set (that comes with its own magnifying glass. So you can read it — the print is so small), but they stopped printing it, so that isn’t really an option anymore. Plus I like how dynamic the online version is, so even if I did have that coveted print version, it would not really be a stand-in for the electronic versions.
Most likely, I won’t stay in academia forever, so at some point I will lose access to the OED. I do have an action plan for when I leave the academic world. Assuming I become a therapist in non-academia, I will:
a.) live very close to a library where I can use resources such as (and certainly including) the OED. Or move to a district (like Denver, but not DC!) where the OED is one of the public library databases.
b.) (once I have enough experience) supervise other therapists who are affiliated with a university that has the OED. At least at my university, this is not a paid position, but does offer the singular perk of library access. Which is a perk, indeed.
c.) I will seek out positions in college counseling centers (at OED-subscribing institutions, of course).