September 21, 2017

After 244 Years in Print, Encyclopedia Brittanica Goes Entirely Digital

About a year ago my husband was proud and excited  to buy a set of Encyclopedias for our kids. He explained how he used to read any Encyclopedia, at random, for fun when he was their age. Well, since then, the kids have turned to the web when research has called, and this article from the New York Times echoes what many families have noticed for some time…digital reigns supreme over tangible reading materials.  While many of us feel nostalgic about seeing hard copies of Encyclopedias becoming extinct, I guess it’s a sign of the times…

Read the articleIn the 1950s, having the Encyclopaedia Britannica on the bookshelf was akin to a station wagon in the garage or a black-and-white Zenith in the den, a possession coveted for its usefulness and as a goalpost for an aspirational middle class. Buying a set was often a financial stretch, and many families had to pay for it in monthly installments. Read more

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