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Safari Books Online and Harvard University Press Successfully Launch Daredictionary.com

Safari Books Online has announced the successful launch of daredictionary.com, the online digital edition of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), which it developed with Harvard University Press (HUP).

For the first time, DARE, the authoritative record of American speech, is available online, bringing a dynamic, user-friendly digital experience to its audience, a wide range of scholars, researchers, and aficionados of American regional nuance.

Built on Safari Books Online’s innovative publishing platform, daredictionary.com transforms the dictionary’s six print volumes and 50 years of unparalleled linguistic research into an interactive, multimedia tool while giving users access to audio and new content with the following key features:

  • State-of-the-art search of DARE’s 60,000 entries
  • Browsing by region and alphabetically
  • Audio of 5,000 recordings gathered by fieldworkers
  • Maps illustrating regional distribution of words
  • Access to DARE’s 1,600-question survey administered between 1965 and 1970
  • Bibliography of more than 12,000 sources cited, dating back to the 17th century
  • The ability to save searches/entries and share content via e-mail or social media

“In addition to designing and developing the online digital edition of DARE, we are so pleased to successfully bring previously inaccessible research, such as DARE’s field surveys and audio recordings of American speech, into a compelling user-interface experience,” said Tom Beyer, Director of Platform Services, Safari Books Online.

“We at Harvard University Press could not be more proud to be using new digital tools to bring DARE to an even wider audience,” said Director of Harvard University Press William P. Sisler.

About Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online is the on-demand digital learning library for technology, digital media and business professionals. The library delivers a wide range of vetted learning resources in both book and video form from the world’s leading authors in technology, digital media and business. Technology professionals, software developers, web designers, and business and creative professionals use Safari Books Online as their primary resource for research, problem solving, learning and certification training.

Leveraging its award-winning academic platform PubFactory, Safari's Client Services work in partnership with leading publishers to produce custom and white label solutions to a wide variety of digital publishing initiatives.

About Harvard University Press

Founded in 1913, Harvard University Press continues to be a leading publisher of convergent works in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. HUP’s publication program, which includes important new digital projects and platforms, is driven by the belief that books from academic publishers—on paper or on screen, in your hand or in the cloud—are more essential than ever before for understanding critical issues facing the world today.

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