Britannica Encyclopedia Print Comes To An End After 244 Years

Mar 14, 2012 No Comments by

After some 244 years of printing, the world’s famous reference book, the Britannica Encyclopedia printing is coming to an end, following the dawn of digital era. The encyclopedia will no more be printed in several volumes and instead, only digital form will be available.

Britannica has been published since 1768, from Edinburgh, Scotland. It was sold every two years, priced at $1400. The last stock of 4000 hard copies is still available and will be on sale until it runs out.

“The print edition became more difficult to maintain and wasn’t the best physical element to deliver the quality of our database and the quality of our editorial,” Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., told Reuters.

The encyclopedia faces tough competition from sites like Wikipedia but has maintained its reputation for reliable material and is still consulted by people around the world.

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