How do you let go of digital data when every word of every book might be the one piece of evidence you need to make a dictionary entry complete? What does it mean for transformative uses like lexicography when there are so many different digital storehouses available (with varying degrees of difficulty)? What makes a digital collection attractive to packrats like me?
Erin McKean is the founder of Wordnik.com and the former editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press. In her spare time she writes, sews, blogs, and writes books about dresses, including The Secret Lives of Dresses (Grand Central, 2011) and The Hundred Dresses (Bloomsbury, 2013).