Sign of the times: Farewell, Encyclopaedia Britannica

After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. has anounced that it will no longer publish its signature reference volumes. New York Times: 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. The last print version is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds and includes new entries on global warming and the Human Genome Project. "It's a rite of passage in this new era," Jorge Cauz, the president of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., a company based in Chicago, said in an interview. "Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it's much more expansive and it has multimedia." In the 1950s, having the Encyclopaedia Britannica on the bookshelf was akin to a station wagon in the garage or a black-and-white Zenith in the den, a...(Read Full Post)