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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    Ima Fish (profile), 15 Mar 2012 @ 8:56am

    "I might have guessed they'd already stopped."

    I would have assumed they stopped back in the 90s. First CD-ROM encyclopedias killed any reason to buy a set of books. Then the internet killed any reason to buy a CD-ROM. I'm assuming only libraries were buying them.

    When I grew up in the 70s we had an old set from the 50s. It was hilarious to read because any speculation about a future event, e.g., landing on the moon, were hilariously wrong. One article stated that to get to the moon we'd have to build an orbiting space station and then launch a craft from there. Good stuff.

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