What was once sold door-to-door, has celebrated 244 birthdays, and is something we have all used? The Encyclopaedia Britannica.
As a sign of the times, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is no longer being released in print, moving instead to their website exclusively. Jorge Cauz, the president of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., said in an interview: “Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia.”
Their company won’t go out of business anytime soon, as they still publish other information products that are widely used in academia, but sales of their print edition flagship product has waned as Internet access has become more prevalent, including usage of the well-known site Wikipedia.
How do you feel about such tangible information no longer being in print?