Encyclopedia Brittanica is nothing more than a collectible memory…

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?

Isaac Grover is the senior I.T. consultant at Quality Computer Services.  When he’s not enveloped in technology, he enjoys being with his family and being involved in the community.
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One Response to Encyclopedia Brittanica is nothing more than a collectible memory…

  1. sandfisher says:

    It’s exactly like albums and cd’s. Cd’s are great and the right direction to go. Progress should always be embraced. But I still have my albums and love them. Just because we have progress doesn’t mean we should forget the old. Heck! just bought an old and big thick Webster’s Dictionary. B.E.? More can be found online, but I still love the books. I intend on buying a few sets soon. I see the really cheap at resale shops. Online is the way to go but the books are always enjoyable.
    As far as your question. To continue to print these? I can’t see it being profitable in the age of the computer.

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