After 244 years Enclyclopedia Brotannica ceases printing to go all digital

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  1. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    yup its gone. Kind of sad as i can remembering using them for many a report in my school days.
    Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books - Mar. 13, 2012

    They are apparently going to/doing a pay service for access to it, can't see how that could possibly work with all the free reference material already in place.
     
  2. Autobus Prime

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    I really really want an Encyclopaedia Brotannica now.
     
  3. firehawc_69

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    Good. Since information is readily available online, those things are a waste of paper. The information is outdated the moment it's printed.
     
  4. chrisr291

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    Now only if they stopped printing phone books.:2c: 
     
  5. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    I agree with you but i still find it that such a long lasting institution has come to an end.
     
  6. Autobus Prime

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    Some online information is good, some not so good. One major problem is that the sea of online knowledge is vastly wide, but depth is extremely variable. Wikipedia is a badgood example of this. It's marvelous for some things, terrible for others.

    Only certain fields change as quickly as you say, and these are rarely the fields that any encyclopedia, online or otherwise, covers in any depth. In many more fields, fads and opinions shift that quickly, while the solid data at the core does not. You just have to dig through a different pile of trash to get at it.

    I do feel like we are in a sort of thinly lightwashed dark age, where superficial knowledge is easy to get, but anything deeper vanishes under a morass of fads, embellishments, and wars over ideology.

    I find that engineering, in particular, has terrible online information, and a lot of terrible print information, to be honest. I find myself collecting books from the 1920s-1950s, sometimes even older, just to get at the stuff that people used to have at their fingertips, but nobody around today seems able to tell you. There was a sort of skill-extinction wave that occurred when the 1960s conglomeration fad hit. This has very little to do with online information, however...and if we can ever recollect it all from the past, the Net could be the perfect place to make it public.
     
  7. Eric

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    At least they make good paperweights and door stoppers. :p 
     
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    But it's not, the CEO said that the printed encyclopedia only accounted for 1% of their profits. The company itself is fine and the resource will still be available, just not in print. It's better this way because information can be updated in real-time, not every 2 years.

    The first thing that pops into my mind when I remember using this set would be something like World History. If a kid wanted to (or had to) do a paper on the axis of evil, using the 2010 set, there would be no mention of bin Laden or Kim Jong Il's deaths. The paper would include accurate facts, but would be incomplete and, in the end, wrong.

    In the words of Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters, "Print is dead."
     
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    eh, no big loss.
     
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    Sign of the times, I suppose.
     
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    NO! How will I live without transparent human body dissection pages?
     
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    I remember the good ol' days of copying stuff from the encyclopedia for school reports even though you were told not to.I'd just change a few words to try and make it not so obvious.
     
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    Brotannica :lol 

    Grew up on these. Huh. *shrugs*

    Kids n their fancy wikis *shakes fist*
     
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    Yeah, I remember back when using the internet for research was frowned upon, and when citing "Google" as a reference first became funny.

    Also, I wanna see what this "Brotannica" is too. I'm guessing it's a cross between Zack Ryder & BM Botanica, but that's just me.
     
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    Brotannica :lol 

    Yep, got the '90-'91 edition of Brittanica on my bookshelf...
     
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    You suck for this. I completely forgot about this. I got the nickname "The Encyclopedia Britannica Kid" in high school because of that shit. I had long hair and glasses that looked a lot like that guy's. I fucking hated it and apparently suppressed it for 20 years. Dammit.
     
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