The world’s most famous print encyclopedia “The Encyclopaedia Britannica” has finally come to an end, after 244 years in print. So if you or your library are holding onto one of the 8,500 copies of the final 32-volume 2010 edition, you better hang on to it tight – It is now antique!
Of course, we all know that the online version will still continue.
This announcement came recently on 13th March. I must say that I do feel somewhat sad about it although we all know the day will come. I can still recall my younger school days when I was first introduced to the Encyclopedia Britiannica and The Encyclopedia Americana and was totally intrigued about how much information and knowledge is available inside each of those volumes (there was no internet then). There was even a time when I would grap hold an encyclopedia just to pass time and had wished that the library would allow us to check-out an encyclopedia (they belonged to the Reference collection which means use on premises only) or that one could just simply “download” every bit with the snap of a figure.
But alas, all good things must come to an end. So, for all the wonderful moments that you have given me, thank you and goodbye, Encyclopedia Britannica.