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Encyclopedia Britannica stops printing after 244 years. Long live Wikipedia.

Just in case you missed this. And I got it on a Google alert.

Dead tree media is ummm…dying more everyday.

Note to newspapers…those presses are livery stables and we all drive cars. ;-) And have for a LONG time.

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  • 13 comments

    13 Comments so far

    1. Greg Swann March 14th, 2012 4:42 pm

      Snot. ;)

    2. Alex Cortez March 14th, 2012 6:20 pm

      Tough time to be an encyclopedia salesman.

    3. Eric Blackwell March 14th, 2012 6:24 pm

      @Greg – ;-)

      #Alex-yessir. Congrats on 2 years BTW. What people do not know is about how hard you have worked and the effort you have put in. Like most successful people.

      Nicely done.

    4. Andrew March 15th, 2012 5:10 am

      One thing, though: As for “long live Wikipedia,” note that if you cite Wikipedia as an authoritative source, you’ll be laughed at. Never true for Britannica.

      Wikipedia is great for directing you to sources (“presearch” as they say), but not so great for _using_ as one.

    5. Eric Blackwell March 15th, 2012 5:18 am

      Agreed. But I am only citing them as the source of Encyclopedia Britannica’s print demise, and my source for that is ummm…Britannica. ;-)

    6. Lori Aaron March 15th, 2012 10:00 am

      Eric, I really got a kick out of your circular sources. Good stuff.

    7. Dan Connolly March 15th, 2012 3:44 pm

      You know Britannica will be still published online. For $70 per year you can get the digital version. I think if they lower the price a bit they may manage to actually stay in business.

    8. Jon Karlen March 16th, 2012 8:19 am

      Been a long time coming, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was at least a bit nostalgic about it not being available in print anymore.

    9. RUSS March 16th, 2012 9:43 am

      I bet the print versions will be valuable if you can find a complete set. Probably make for nice decorating touch in an office/study area. I remember getting a full set every couple of years as a youngster when I was in elementary/middle school.

    10. Saurav Shome March 16th, 2012 11:59 pm

      Shutting down the print version of Britannica would have several implications which would not be evident from viewing the issue as a mere dual between Wikipedia and Britannica. I have articulated some of my ideas in my blog. http://sauravpeace.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/encyclopedia-britannica-stops-printing-what-does-it-say-or-not-say/

    11. Dan Boyle March 19th, 2012 10:25 am

      Thanks for the heads-up. I was about to order a set. :-|

    12. Teyona March 20th, 2012 5:37 am

      I read the news about it, t’was a sad news but this high tech gadgets makes it impractical to bring this huge books. Thanks Britannica Encyclopedia for the help.

    13. Susan March 22nd, 2012 11:42 pm

      Had no idea. I can’t remember the last time I opened one…maybe highschool? Such sad news because nothing really replaces the smell and feel of a bok.