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.