Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition Updated Edition
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About the Author
- Publisher : Webster's New World; Updated edition (June 28, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 1728 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0544598229
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544598225
- Item Weight : 3.65 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.5 x 7.5 x 2.25 inches
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Unfortunately, this dictionary falls short of its predecessors in a few ways. They got rid of the lettered tabs. Granted, they never seemed to get you to where you wanted to be that much faster, but they gave the book a traditional look and if you have similar size reference books nearby you could grab the dictionary without having to think about it even a little because it stood out. That's minor. The major problem is they shrunk the type size. The demographic is going to skew a little old and that means people who need reading glasses. The beauty of computers is that you can adjust the screen so you can put away your readers and write, and with the old dictionary you could make things out without them, provided the lighting was good enough. Not anymore. The type is tiny. Sure, it's a huge book at 1,700 pages, but would bumping the size up a little and adding fifty pages to it as a result really have made it that much more unwieldy? No.
2. The typeface for word definitions is smaller and lighter than that of the fourth. They're hardly readable.
The same for the 'word' entry--smaller and lighter than that of the fourth, although readable. I returned this edition.
3. I will forgo the 'more than 4,700 entries and senses [that] have been added', and the 'tens of thousands of revisions [that] have been made to existing senses to reflect current usage', and continue to use my thumb-indexed readable fourth edition.
However, I was disappointed to find the new fonts employed to modernize the dictionary's visual style did so at the expense of its readability. The small type that must be used in a dictionary always requires a compromise between compactness and usability. The usability of the Fifth Edition suffers compared to the 3rd Edition due to the choice of a very light text typeface printed on whiter, but less ink absorbent paper which fails to provide sufficient density for easy reading at that font size.
But I have no prior knowledge that Webster's New World have been chosen as the dictionary of first choice for New York Times and The Associated Press. The definitions are written with concision and clarity. No wonder it has been given such high status in the US and $1 pricier than another collegiate dictionary.
If there is one thing that the Webster's New World need to further perfect the dictionary, that will be inclusion of more examples to show various uses of words. Words are better defined in the company of surrounding words.
Top reviews from other countries
What I liked about this dictionary was:
1- The quality of its printing.
2- The quality of paper used for the specific purpose.
3- User-friendly description (i.e. easy to understand due to its type of explanation and description of words).
4- It has American plus British spelling.