After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses
The conversion from printed books to electronic distribution continues. This time, it is one of the oldest and most famous publications that is making the change.
An article by Julie Bosman published in the New York Times says it’s the end of the road for the printed Encyclopedia Brittanica. Bosman writes, “…in recent years, print reference books have been almost completely overtaken by the Internet and its vast spread of resources, including specialized Web sites and the hugely popular — and free — online encyclopedia Wikipedia.”
The last print version is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds. Encyclopaedia Britannica will now focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools.
Check out Britannica Online, which is entirely free for a full week beginning today.