After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses | The Future Librarian |
Bowing to the competition online, the encyclopedia's publisher said the 2010 edition, a 32-volume set that weighs in at 129 pounds, would be the last.


In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will discontinue its print edition, and will now focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools.


Many librarians, however,  say that while they have rapidly shifted money and resources to digital materials, print still has a place. Academic libraries tend to keep many sets of specialized encyclopedias on their shelves.


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