Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops Publishing Dead Tree Version; If You're Unfamiliar, You Can Read About It On Wikipedia

from the end-of-an-era-that-actually-ended-years-ago dept

There is something symbolic about the news that the Encyclopaedia Britannica is finally giving up on its printed product -- a product that was once more or less "required" for middle class families. Of course, if you'd asked me last week if Britannica actually still printed its books, I might have guessed they'd already stopped. Britannica had lost an awful lot of relevance even before Wikipedia came along, and its efforts to embrace the web have always come across as too little, too late in an era dominated by Wikipedia. While the ending of the print publication is a milestone, it seems unlikely to be an indication of fortunes turning around for Britannica.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Mar 2012 @ 9:05am

    Re: Telling....

    "Britannica wordcount on Wikipedia: ~1400
    Wikipedia wordcount on Britannica: ~7500
    Which one sounds more comprehensive to you?"

    Word count is irrelevant.
    What counts is the intelligence and integrity of the writers and editors.
    Britannica wins over Wikipedia hands-down.

    Wikipedia,because of it's open-source nature invites self-serving or deliberately-inaccurate entries composed by those who wish to misdirect or present biased information.
    How many times have articles about politicians or other public figures been modified to deliberately contain what could politely be called "inaccuracies"?

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