Encyclopedia Britannica Stops the Press, Goes Digital


After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica is stopping the press, and will publish only online editions of its 32-volume encyclopedia set.

“The final decision to put it all online makes sense, of course. It’s costly and painstaking to produce a new edition of an enormous print product, a cultural symbol though it may be; meanwhile, a database is boundless and can be continually updated (and corrected) for relative peanuts. The company will concentrate on digital publishing and educational products, developing apps to make sure it’s everywhere you want to be. The brand may become the equivalent of Wikipedia with fact-checking: Britannica Online allows readers to revise its entries “which are then published after editorial review and revision if necessary.” Time NewsFeed

Luckily for RDC students and instructors, RDC Library already subscribes to the online edition!

To access this wonderful resource, visit any of our Subject Guidesthen go to the Find Background Info page, and look for the General Encyclopedias & Dictionaries box.


One Response to “Encyclopedia Britannica Stops the Press, Goes Digital”

  1. Rosalie Says:

    Thanks for posting these blog entries. Lots of interesting stuff for library afficianados.

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