Monday, April 09, 2012

Encyclopedia Britannica Goes Online Only!

The 224 year old authoritative reference source "Encyclopedia Britannica (EB)" has decided to abandon its' print version and restrict only to the Online edition. The company has printed the encyclopedia, which runs to 32 volumes in length, since 1768. The 2010 edition was the last published edition.

Jorge Cauz, Encyclopaedia Britannica’s president said “We just decided that it was better for the brand to focus on what really the future is all about”. He further mentioned that ”Our database is very large now, much larger than can fit in the printed edition. Our print set version is an abridged version of what we have online.”

Following news items provide more information on this topic:

1. Britannica Blog

2. The Telegraph

3. Yahoo! News

Photograph: The EB set at the Main Library, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.