After 244 years of production, the voluminous tomes of knowledge known as Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer be produced. The editors of the legendary encyclopedia set posted the following on Britannica Blog:
A momentous event? In some ways, yes; the set is, after all, nearly a quarter of a millennium old. But in a larger sense this is just another historical data point in the evolution of human knowledge.
For one thing, the encyclopedia will live on—in bigger, more numerous, and more vibrant digital forms. And just as important, we the publishers are poised, in the digital era, to serve knowledge and learning in new ways that go way beyond reference works. In fact, we already do.”
The post concludes with a plug to check out Britannica Online. The premium website normally requires a $70 subscription, but is free for the next week.
At least I never had to see an ad with the old book format…