Originally Posted by HarryT
For example, the two "loves of my life" are English literature and the classics (Latin and Greek). There's no on-line resource which is equivalent in depth or reliability to my trusty "Oxford Companion to English Literature" or "Oxford Classical Dictionary".
Well, they are both available online
, if you subscribe. £95 a year gives you access to almost all of the Oxford University Press reference books. Most academics and students will have access for free via their university. Its possible that as more people move away from buying paper reference books, the cost of online subscription could fall.
Actually, £95 is good value for the number of books you get -- it's just than most individuals are unlikely to want most of the books in the set, so will be paying over the odds for the books they do