HolyCoast: The Encyclopedia Britannica Ceases Print Edition

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Encyclopedia Britannica Ceases Print Edition

History moves on:
Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. said Tuesday that it will stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia for the first time since the sets were originally published more than 200 years ago.

The book-form of Encyclopaedia Britannica has been in print since it was first published in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1768. It will stop being available when the current stock runs out, the company said. The Chicago-based company will continue to offer digital versions of the encyclopedia.

Officials said the end of the printed, 32-volume set has been foreseen for some time.
“This has nothing to do with Wikipedia or Google,” Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. President Jorge Cauz said. “This has to do with the fact that now Britannica sells its digital products to a large number of people.”
I wonder if they have an entry for "denial"? It's not just the river in Egypt, you know.

My parents had a set of encyclopedias when I was a kid, but we never bought one for our kids. We used online resources from the time they were first in school. Who needs books that are out-of-date before they even arrive in your house?

1 comment:

Julie.T said...

lol i remember feeling like a wizard reading one of those gigantic ancient looking books at the library