The Printed Version of the Encyclopedia Britannica is no More
After 242 years, the Encyclopedia Brittanica has ceased publication.
Encyclopedia no more
The venerable gold standard of reference volumes, the Encyclopedia Brittanica, the oldest continuously published encyclopedia in the world, as of this year, will no longer be published. The 2010 edition was the last to be printed. After selling more than seven million sets, the encyclopedia most respected for its high standard of accuracy and literacy is now a thing of the past. For 244 consecutive years over dozens of editions, the Britannica has been the reference work used by business, industry, academia and students the world over as the authoritative reference work on thousands upon thousands of subjects.
Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., says that only 15% of its revenues this year will come from sales of the printed encyclopedia, and that the company will concentrate strictly upon publishing on the internet. But even there, Britannica takes a back seat to wikipedia, which has 3.9 million articles on the net, as opposed to the Britannica's 240,000. "The company has changed from a reference provider to an instructional solutions provider," says Cauz, whatever that means.