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Good-bye Encyclopedia Britannica: Good-bye to the printed record

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury the print Encyclopedia Britannica, not to praise it. The evil that books do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.”

Oh I could praise it, but what good would that do? After 244 years, dozens of editions and millions of sets sold, no new editions will be placed on paper. We knew this would happen. E-books sales are sky-rocketing and encyclopedia sales have dwindled to next to nothing. Today, the print edition counted for less than 1% of ’s revenue.

True, the Britannica will live on online, but it’s long been over-shadowed by Wikipedia. Its days are numbered.

Good-bye Encyclopedia Britannica: Good-bye to the printed record

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