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Old 03-13-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets.Britannica usually prints a new set of the tomes every two years, but 2010's 32-volume set will be its last. Instead, the company will focus solely on its digital encyclopedia and education tools.

Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books - Mar. 13, 2012

I have a set I bought back in 1998. Digital reading isn't for me. Not yet, anyway.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Too bad. My family purchased a new set from World Book Encyclopedia in 1976. My brothers and I would spend our indoor time pouring over the pages and comparing illustrations and reading out loud interesting bits from the articles. We really did gain quite a bit of knowledge from those volumes and we always scored quite well in reading skill examinations. We had that set of encyclopedias until they were destroyed in a hurricane in 1992.

The school library had the Britannica edition and they were much more detailed.

Of course if I were twelve now I would be in front of the Xbox shooting zombies or playing Forza or texting.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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This makes me sad... and it makes me feel old.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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Supply and demand. There's obviously not enough demand to make it worth their while. People will say what a shame it is but I'll bet a very small percentage of them even bought it in the last 10-20 years.

They still plan to produce digital versions, anyway. It's not like it's going away completely as a resource, just changing format. Such is life today.

I don't know about this comment though: "I'd bet a lot of money that most people would rather use Britannica than Wikipedia."

I think people would acknowledge that Britannica is more reliable and accurate than Wikipedia but for layman's usage, I'm not going to pay for knowledge I can get for free. If I was a student or teacher or author, etc, I would find it worth paying for a more reliable source of information like Britannica. But most people outside of academic fields are probably happy with free Wikipedia.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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Too bad. My family purchased a new set from World Book Encyclopedia in 1976. My brothers and I would spend our indoor time pouring over the pages and comparing illustrations and reading out loud interesting bits from the articles.
I did the same thing. I have to tell you that I STILL remember a lot of what I learned by reading through those World Book encyclopedias as a kid. Because of those books I was well ahead of almost all other kids in all of my classes from elementary, middle and high school.

Hearing about them no longer printing them breaks my heart.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:59 AM
 
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I will never prefer reading digital over the real thing as far as books are concerned. I wonder if the same thing will happen to the World Book encyclopedia in the years ahead. I always preferred them over Britannica.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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I understand why they're stopping the print edition, but it's still the end of an era. People do get in a wikipedia loop these days clicking through to different topics, but it's a different thing than going to look up "bees" and ending up getting lost in all kinds of "b" things you never even knew you were interested in.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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I remember how much I used my parents' set of encyclopedias growing up, mostly for school assignments. Now we have an older set that my own kids have barely touched. They do a good deal of their research on the internet. So I suppose it's just a sign of the times...
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I will never prefer reading digital over the real thing as far as books are concerned. I wonder if the same thing will happen to the World Book encyclopedia in the years ahead. I always preferred them over Britannica.
While I prefer reading hard copy books to digital copies. I prefer doing research online over paperback.

I also like this move because of how many trees it will save.

It is far too easy to find information about anything online to use an encyclopedia.

It probably also hurts that studies have found Wikipedia to be on par with Britannica as far as accuracy is concerned.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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While I prefer reading hard copy books to digital copies. I prefer doing research online over paperback.

I also like this move because of how many trees it will save.

It is far too easy to find information about anything online to use an encyclopedia.

It probably also hurts that studies have found Wikipedia to be on par with Britannica as far as accuracy is concerned.

Do you have a link to that? I never trust Wiki only use it as a guideline for further research.
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