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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