We have been witnessing transitions in this area but this is really a huge step in the evolution of human knowledge. Encyclopedia Britannica just announced they would stop printing books and content would only be available online. Moreover, for a week, subscription is free.
Change is good. And this change happened not purely because of the growing importance of Wikipedia, but because of the changing habits and needs of people. Britannica will be able to maintain the highest standards and quality in the digital form just like they did for centuries. Good luck!
For 244 years, the thick volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica have stood on the shelves of homes, libraries, and businesses everywhere, a source of enlightenment as well as comfort to their owners and users around the world.
They’ve always been there. Year after year. Since 1768. Every. Single. Day.
But not forever.
Today we’ve announced that we will discontinue the 32-volume printed edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica when our current inventory is gone.
For one thing, the encyclopedia will live on—in bigger, more numerous, and more vibrant digital forms. And just as important, we the publishers are poised, in the digital era, to serve knowledge and learning in new ways that go way beyond reference works. In fact, we already do.