Those of you who share my love of reference books should know that Oxford University Press’ annual Spring Sale has begun. The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is unfortunately not on sale, but many other great books are 30%, 50%, or 65% off. (The site is a bit difficult to browse– you have to browse by subject and also by discount– and the sale prices aren’t visible until you place the item in your cart, but your patience will be rewarded.)
While browsing, I spotted these two items which may be of interest to readers of my blog:
- The second edition of the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, which is on sale for $20 (50% off the $40 price). I have the first edition, and I blogged about my love for it in one of my earliest posts, “The writer’s bookshelf (part 1).” I’m going to order a copy of the second edition so Matt and I will no longer have to fight for possession of this excellent thesaurus.
- Another book I own and recommend to those who take my “Creative Research for Writers” classes is the Oxford Guide to Library Research, which is on sale for $10 (50% off the $20 price). Written by a reference librarian at the Library of Congress, the book explores the wide range of sources available in libraries and how to use them to find what you are looking for.