Encyclopaedia Britannica abandons print

Encyclopaedia Britannica abandons print

There are 10 comments on the KNVA-TV Austin story from Mar 14, 2012, titled Encyclopaedia Britannica abandons print. In it, KNVA-TV Austin reports that:

Hours after Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. announced it will stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia for the first time in more than 200 years, someone among the editing minions of free online rival Wikipedia made an irony-free note of that fact.

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“Up with which, I will not put”

Since: Jul 08

Sao Paulo

#1 Mar 14, 2012
A very sad fact.

I remember as a kid digging through piles of encyclopedias to research school work and reports. I used to spend hours on hours flipping excitedly through them in awe of the information I would absorb from them. Times certainly are a-changin'...

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#2 Mar 14, 2012
Drive-in Theater, Rotary Dial Phones,.. the list is a long one, but I hate to see getting a printed copy of reading material mean electronic storage space must first be opened.

My books, my books!

“If Not You, Who Else?”

Since: Jun 11

Discworld

#3 Mar 14, 2012
So sad.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#4 Mar 14, 2012
Personally, I don't find it sad (and I briefly used to sell them!) I think times are changing for the better, on the whole.

Interesting to read and nice to hold a hardback volume and better than more staring at a screen, but one should always check facts on the Internet these days, I suppose.

The main thing is that Britannica is probably as good as ever and still worth the subscription I think, if one can afford it.

“Trust me. I'm a doctor.”

Since: Jan 12

Injecting a fluid into you...

#5 Mar 14, 2012
You can't beat a good book.

One day, this period of history will be known as a dark age, because all information was stored digitally and will all be lost.

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#6 Mar 14, 2012
Harold Shipman wrote:
You can't beat a good book.
One day, this period of history will be known as a dark age, because all information was stored digitally and will all be lost.
I believe that is highly likely.
Mitt s Santorum Slippage

Wilmington, DE

#7 Mar 14, 2012
If you asked me to spell this brand name I never would have known it's "Encyclopaedia."

I looked at them as a kid and never noticed the "a". Or don't remember it.

Fortunately, "O.E.D." is easier to spell.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#8 Mar 15, 2012
Mitt s Santorum Slippage wrote:
If you asked me to spell this brand name I never would have known it's "Encyclopaedia."
I looked at them as a kid and never noticed the "a". Or don't remember it.
Fortunately, "O.E.D." is easier to spell.
Isn't that a 'divided by the same language' thing?

I thought it was like 'paedophilia',(in spelling, not practice of course!:-)

The English (and Australia & NZ, I think) used the 'ae' from the Greek (or somewhere) and the USAmericans use 'e' from common sense?

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#9 Mar 15, 2012
im surprised it took this long to do it.
Little Ricky Santpornum

Wilmington, DE

#10 Mar 15, 2012
EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Isn't that a 'divided by the same language' thing?
I thought it was like 'paedophilia',(in spelling, not practice of course!:-)
The English (and Australia & NZ, I think) used the 'ae' from the Greek (or somewhere) and the USAmericans use 'e' from common sense?
The brand name should be the same regardless of country, no? It's a brand name.

I know spellings differ, as in "gas" and "petrol." Okay, maybe that wasn't the _best_ example....

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