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The worldwide copyright & Trade Mark holders (ex-North America), J.W. Spear & Sons - a subsidiary of Mattell Inc. - has recently dropped their long-standing relationship with Chambers. In place, they have appointed the much larger publisher, Collins, to produce their endorsed "official" Scrabble dictionaries and word lists.
Ironically, not a single national Scrabble association anywhere in the world has as yet moved away from Chambers, so this Collins "Official" Scrabble Words is, strangely not yet official in any Scrabble Club, tournament or even online Scrabble site anywhere in the world.
It can be expected, though, that this anomaly will be very short-lived. Chambers will whither on the vine without legal permission to use the Scrabble Trade Marks in any future publication and Scrabble associations will have little choice but to adopt the "official" Collins version.
I predict that, within twelve months or so, Collins Scrabble Words 2005 will be adopted officially by all SOWPODS playing Scrabble associations and jurisdictions across the globe. It is already Amazon UK's top selling Scrabble book, so get with the future of the game and buy Collins Official Scrabble Words 2005 today.
This volume is for SOWPODS Players, combining the word lists of the North American OSPD3/TWL and the former UK reference Chambers OSW4 (Official Scrabble Words 4th Edition).
The Worldwide copyright holders (excluding North America) of Scrabble, JW Spears & Co (a subsidiary of Mattel) has recently dumped Chambers as their "official" publisher in favour of the larger dictionary publisher, Collins. Collins will be releasing their own edition of Official Scrabble Words International in mid 2005. However, at this stage, not a single national Scrabble association anywhere in the world has adopted the Collins version. It is logical to assume that this will change at some point over the next couple of years, though for the present Chambers OSWI presently remains the only official SOWPODS reference source.
Formerly the official reference for North American games. No longer an "official" publication as such, having been superceded by TWL98/OWL (which is only available to Members of the North American National Scrabble Association), but still an essential reference for non-members playing under North American rules. OSPD3 is still widely used as the official reference for a number of internet-based online Scrabble games sites.
OSPD3 (as a very close substitute for the harder-to-obtain TWL98/OWL) is also widely used throughout the world in conjunction with the English OSW4, to form the SOWPODS reference authority, though we expect the recently announced OSPD4 to supercede OSPD3 in this, and every other respect, very swiftly.
Jointly written by outstanding Australian and UK tournament champions Andrew Fisher & David Webb, "How To Win At Scrabble" introduces players to winning techniques and strategies. In many ways, it is similar to "Everything Scrabble", though unlike that title "How To Win At Scrabble" has been written from a SOWPODS International perspective. It truly is an excellent work on this topic.
To some degree it overlaps with our own Scrabble® Bonus Word Techniques ebooks, but the two have sufficient differences in emphasis as to necessitate any serious SOWPODS Scrabble player buying both.
An official publication of the (North American) National Scrabble Association, this useful book introduces Scrabble players to techniques and strategies. The word lists included are only suitable for OSPD & TWL players - definitely not compatable for the more international SOWPODS games played throughout the rest of the English speaking world.
If you are an OSPD / TWL Scrabble player, you will definitely want this book. To some degree it overlaps with our own Scrabble® Bonus Word Techniques ebooks, but the two have sufficient differences in emphasis as to necessitate any serious Scrabble player under OSPD / TWL rules buying both.
SOWPODS players should give "Everything Scrabble" a miss and instead choose the similar "How to Win at Scrabble" by Andrew Fisher & David Webb, listed above.
Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players - Stefan Fatsis
Like a cross between a linguistic spy and a
lexicographic Olympic athlete, journalist Stefan Fatsis gave himself a
year to penetrate the highest echelons of international Scrabble
competition. Word Freak is the account of his journey. It's a wacky
grab bag of travelogue, history, party journal, and psychological study
of the misfits and goofballs whose lives are measured out in Scrabble
Fatsis gives us all the facts about Scrabble--from the story of the down-on-his-luck architect who invented the game in the 1930s to the intricacies of individual international competitions and the corporate wars to control the world's favorite word game. He keeps the reader turning the pages as we get involved in the lives of the Scrabble obsessives: men and women who have a point to prove against the world and have chosen Scrabble as their playground and their pulpit. As Fatsis goes on his own quest to attain the coveted 1600 rating, we actually get obsessed with him as he lies awake at night pondering moves and memorizing lists of words. For anybody who is interested in words, Word Freak provides an entertaining and absorbing read. --Dwight Longenecker
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