There is a digital revolution happening in one of the most famous reference sources in print, the Encyclopaedia Britannica! Once the current print runs have finished, that will be it no more of the thirty two volumes of the book will be printed ever again, which is a bit sad when you consider that since 1768 this massive book has been around on libraries and in people’s homes too.
However, the digital age means that fewer books are being purchased and with the database built up over 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica still has something to offer, but from now on, it will be online only.
This is the announcement made by the Encyclopaedia Britannica editors on the publisher’s official blog;
Today we’ve announced that we will discontinue the 32-volume printed edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica when our current inventory is gone. A momentous event? In some ways, yes; the set is, after all, nearly a quarter of a millennium old. But in a larger sense this is just another historical data point in the evolution of human knowledge.
They continued by saying;
For one thing, the encyclopedia will live on—in bigger, more numerous, and more vibrant digital forms. And just as important, we the publishers are poised, in the digital era, to serve knowledge and learning in new ways that go way beyond reference works. In fact, we already do.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica online is free for one week, after that a monthly subscriber will need to pay £6.99 ($11) or there is the annual membership available at £49.95 ($79).
Source [LA Times]