Erin McKean

Erin McKean
Founder, Wordnik

Website | @emckean

Erin McKean is the founder of the newly-not-for-profit, the world’s biggest online dictionary. Before founding Wordnik, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, and before Javascript, she dabbled in HyperCard, Perl, and Omnimark (if you have ever written anything in Omnimark, she will buy you a drink). She’s the author of the Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and (most recently) The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses. She blogs at When you meet her, please tell her your favorite word.


Erin McKean (Wordnik)
Ebooks are getting bigger and better, but they're not necessarily getting any smarter. Ebooks and e-readers don't really talk to each other -- and ebooks don't talk to other ebooks. But to get smarter books, we need smarter words.
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