Encyclopaedia Brittanica Stops the Presses (via: PublishersWkly)

Just a quick nod to a centuries old institution:

In a nod to the realities of the digital age — and, in particular, the competition from the hugely popular Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools, company executives said.

I never owned an Encyclopaedia Britannica set, but as a book hoarder it's something I once quite liked the idea of. Of course now a set is out of date the very moment it hits the packing box. For practical purposes, retrieving information via internet sources is quicker, and unlike print books there is no long-term nostalgic or entertainment value in flipping through one. Which pretty much means there is no more place for Encyclopaedia sets in this world.

(Feel free to argue against this in the comments btw!)

Note, of course, that the Encyclopaedia Brittanica is a live and well online:

“It’s a rite of passage in this new era,” [says] Jorge Cauz, the president of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., [...]. “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.”

Full story: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/after-244-years-encyclopaedia-britannica-stops-the-presses/