After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses

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    Mar 14, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
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    “It’s a rite of passage in this new era,” Jorge Cauz, the president of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., a company based in Chicago, said in an interview. “Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia.”

    In 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.
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    Mar 14, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    Good. They were overpriced anyway.

    Now we can get the same (and much more) info for free. icon_biggrin.gif