Encyclopaedia Britannica goes online

2012-03-14 17:23
Cape Town - The Encyclopaedia Britannica has announced that no more physical copies of the publication will be printed.

The announcement was not unexpected as only 8 500 copies of the most recent edition were printed, reported the Huffington Post.

Future versions of the iconic encyclopaedia will appear online in line with a shift in developed markets where internet access has seen a market drop in print publications.

"Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The website is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia," said Jorge Cauz, president of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc.

Print newspaper advertising in the US is declining and online information sources have demonstrated their ability to compete effectively with print publications.

Online encyclopaedia Wikipedia is one the most popular sites on the internet, despite not having the heritage of a print publication.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica was first published in 1768 and the last edition cost $1 395.
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