Wednesday, March 14, 2012
In news that is sad for those of us who grew up leafing through our grandmothers' set of hardbound encyclopedias in search of truth and knowledge, Encyclopedia Britannica is at the end of a 244 year run. The NY Times reports:
After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.
Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered reference books that were once sold door-to-door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed as proud fixtures in American homes will be discontinued, company executives said.
In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools.
But for those who want a set, if for no other reason than nostalgia, time remains! The Times also reports that copies of the books abound on Craigslist.