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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    HATS, 15 Mar 2012 @ 9:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Telling....

    This. Wikipedia is good for what it is; it is not a replacement for a fully vetted encyclopedia. As you say, it is best used as the starting point for further research.

    It has been interesting, as a university student for the past 7 years, to see the faculty position on Wikipedia gradually change from "It's rubbish and written by god knows who, and you should avoid it like the plague", to "Sure, use it to get a basic overview - just make sure that you confirm anything you're relying on with an external source."

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