When browsing the web for an electronic dictionary I came across the Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library - I really wanted an electronic version of the OED or even the SOED. However, it appears that OED and SOED are not available in this medium. After reading the reviews (in my opinion, probably the most reliable source for prospective buyers) on Amazon website regarding the Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library I decided to purchase it and I've used it almost everyday since.
It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to `master' the functions of the Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library, mainly due to its commonplace appearance ie QWERTY keyboard layout and mini-laptop-look. Though it does not replace books, it certainly makes a refreshing change not having to search through several pages of several books when looking up the spelling, meaning and context of a word or phrase - for example, if you want to know the root of a word, whether the word can be used as a singular or plural noun, or whether it can be used as a verb or show tense, what context to use or if there is a slang or scientific meaning for this same word, all can be done with a few key commands - it really is that simple.
As well as an excellent resource that's easy to use, the Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library is light and durable - you can, literally, fit the text of a half a dozen substantial volumes in your top pocket - and I've taken it with me to the library, work, meetings, and to friends when playing scrabble. My 9yr old granddaughter loves the hangman and word balance games which have, without doubt, increased her vocabulary as well as provide an animated and alternative approach for her fascination with words.
If you are interested in words, read novels or text books, studying or if you want to buy a member of your family a great gift that will be of use and fun to use, then you can't go wrong with the Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library, it may appear pricey but, its educational value is incalculable.