Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Save Chambers!

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have occasionally mentioned Chambers Dictionary, well, just once or twice...

Its parent company, Hachette (there's an apt name if I ever heard one) decided last month that it would be a good idea to close the Edinburgh office, out of which Chambers has worked for 190 years - for no doubt sound financial reasons, but no sound human reasons - and split ChambersHarrup between the faceless leviathans of Hodder and Larousse.

A petition has been started in the hope of saving the Edinburgh office - with its twenty-seven real people doing real jobs - and prevent Chambers being subsumed. PLEASE SIGN UP!

Save Chambers Petition (you don't have to donate to iPetition)
Buy Chambers Dictionary! (Nothing compares with a real one!!)
@ChambersOnline (on Twitter)
Chambers Online Dictionary (The online version)
Clishmaclaver (ChambersOnline's Brilliant Blog)

The background story can be read on the Publishing Scotland website, and in The Scotsman.

Footnote, 16/11/09: the Chambers office is now due to close by New Year, with half the staff having left by the end of November. I am at a loss to describe how angry this makes me feel, and how sad I am. Bean-counters - I wonder how you sleep.


Debs said...

I'll sign. Will go to the link now.

Karen said...

Me too :o)

Leigh said...

Thanks, girls!

Lily Sheehan said...

Signing now!

Carol said...

Have just bought a copy :-)

C x

Leigh said...

Lily - Thank you!

Carol - Yey! Atta girl!!

Debs said...

I hope you don't mind, but I've borrowed(?) one of your word counters for my NaNo counter.

Leigh said...

Blimey, Debs - you're welcome! They're there for the taking!