Bye bye Britannica

Thursday March 15, 2012 Written by smith

After 244 years of printing the world's brain trust Encyclopaedia Britannica's hardback books are history. 

The company announced yesterday that it will no longer publish its printed tomes; in their heyday a complete hardback set (often purchased from a door-to-door salesman) cost around $2000. Britannica's now directing its resources into $69.95 annual subs online.

Even though most of us probably haven't used the books since high school (and it makes a lot of sense for Britannica to get with the times) it's hard not to mourn their passing. The company will maintain a staff of 100+ editors and continue its tradition of publishing beautiful illos and images online, so it's not a complete loss.

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