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Encyclopaedia Britannica, To Stop Printing After 244 Year-Run

Written on March 14, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Encyclopaedia Britannica, to cease print production, will focus on their online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools

From our great-grandfathers time to our generation, our libraries were adorned with leather bound copies of the well known . Before the days that internet was used for research, this well loved is the one we turn to when we need answers to our questions. After its 244-year run, Jorge Cauz, the president of the Chicago-based Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., has confirmed to the New York Times, that it will cease their print operations.

Blame it on the internet. People prefer the convenience of free online resources like to print versions of encyclopedias. The company sales plummeted and thousands of sets of the encyclopedias remain unsold and gathered dust in their warehouse.

Cauz has called Britannica’s decision, “A rite of passage”, marking an end of an era. He also mentioned that the company will focus on their online encyclopedia and educational curriculum for schools. He also said that Brittanica’s advantage over Wikipedia is that they have prestigious sources, factual entries and that they are a trusted brand.

He also added:

“Britannica is going to be smaller. We cannot deal with every single cartoon character, we cannot deal with every love life of every celebrity. But we need to have an alternative where facts really matter. Britannica won’t be able to be as large, but it will always be factually correct.”

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