Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books

Encyclopedia Britannica has decided after over 200 years, to stop printing books.

Many teachers will rue this event. How many of us grew up going to classrooms with a set of encyclopedias? Remember having to do reports by hand?

There was always something special about flipping through a real book.

Encyclopedia Britannica was just not selling many any more. They sold a little over 8,000 sets last year. How many hits do you think wikipedia gets daily?

Wikipedia can never replace a real encyclopedia. Hopefully, teachers will still steer their students to those.

And since there are probably old sets just laying around, nothing says that a teachers cannot still get a set and put in his or her classroom.

Eventually everything will be online. What with smartphones and tablet PCs, it's just a matter of time.

This does mean that "books" will be cheaper. But there is nothing like the feel of a book in your hands. Let's hope today's children can keep on experiencing that.

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