It looks like the digital age has claimed yet another household staple. The Encyclopaedia Britannica, which has been in print for the past 244 years, will no longer be published in printed form. From now on, anybody looking to access its trove of knowledge will have to refer to the online version or dust off their old copies. The latest printed version of The Encyclopaedia Britannica was put out in 2010: a 32-volume set that cost $1,395.
Jorge Cauz, Encyclopaedia Briannica Inc’s president, was quoted as saying “Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The website is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia.” Which is the truth – after all, having all the articles online means that they can be easily accessed and searched by anyone with a web browser. Users also don’t have to deal with the hassles of getting a book case just to store all 32 volumes of the Encyclopaedia.
However, unlike Wikipedia which you can access for free, you’ll be charged $69.95 a year for accessing Britannica online. Folks who want to give it a shot can sign up for a free 7-day trial on the Britannica website.