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Encyclopaedia Britannica to end print edition
Chicago Tribune ^ | March 13, 2012 | Robert Channick

Posted on 03/13/2012 4:48:39 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica is shelving its venerable printed edition in favor of its Web-based version, completing a digital transition and marking the end of one of longest chapters in publishing history.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: britannica; encyclopaedia

1 posted on 03/13/2012 4:48:46 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I’ve had instant access to an encyclopedia since the mid 1990’s when I installed Encarta from an image on the hard drive as opposed to the CD. Buggy whips only last as long as there are buggies.


2 posted on 03/13/2012 4:51:50 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas

I still prefer book. I don’t know how many hours i spent reading my folks old 57 edition World Book encyclopedias.


3 posted on 03/13/2012 4:54:46 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
This will become a fad. Then one good solar flare will send civilization back into the vicinty of the dark ages.

There really is such a thing as too clever.

4 posted on 03/13/2012 4:55:52 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Nuke the bastards.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

When I was younger I use to love stuff like that, but I didn’t know how biased they were. With the internet we now have access to info they edit out through their bias.


5 posted on 03/13/2012 4:56:45 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Not only the end of an era but the end of an institution. For much of the 20th century, the 1913 edition of the Brittanica was considered the epitome of Western Civilization.
6 posted on 03/13/2012 4:57:56 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ConservativeStatement

Yup. I loved my World Book encyclopedia as a kid, but looking back now, they seem totally antiquated and unnecessary. Can’t think why anyone would buy print encyclopedias anymore. The only advantage is that the information you get online goes thru dubious “fact checking”.


7 posted on 03/13/2012 4:58:01 PM PDT by rbg81 (Only taxpayers should be allowed to vote)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I am proud to say that in 1984 I did an advertising campaign for EB and suggested then that the future was in video encyclopedia.


8 posted on 03/13/2012 5:02:59 PM PDT by Dacula (OMG - Obama Must Go)
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To: Mmogamer

Some people are still attached to them. I can’t get my wife to read anything electronically, even though she has an iPad. I’ve gone completely digital and buy all my books for ereading now.


9 posted on 03/13/2012 5:08:32 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Anyone know the status or world book ecyclopedia? or webster dictionary?


10 posted on 03/13/2012 5:08:35 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: ConservativeStatement

We never had an encyclopedia until after I was grown. My Grandparents had the World Book and every time we would visit I would go get one of the volumes and study it.

A few years ago, I bought an entire set for only $20. Then I was given another full set from another year. I now have 3 including both the in depth and abridged sets.

I very seldom read them but for some reason am still glad I have them. I hope my grandchildren don’t just throw them away when I am gone.

I actually thought they had quit printing some time ago as there is no real use for a printed version anymore.


11 posted on 03/13/2012 5:09:20 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: mamelukesabre

As long as there are 2nd graders, there will always be a print edition of Websters.


12 posted on 03/13/2012 5:09:28 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: ConservativeStatement

FINALLY,

Other than a North Korean nuke, an Iranian nuke, a Pakistani nuke, a Russian nuke, or a Chinese nuke, there is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to worry about an EMP (look it up) wiping out everything electronic in this country.

Silly of us to be so paranoid to think that some other country may not like us...


13 posted on 03/13/2012 5:12:21 PM PDT by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: Mmogamer
I still prefer book. I don’t know how many hours i spent reading my folks old 57 edition World Book encyclopedias.

I think that was the year we got our set of World Books. I was starved for knowledge and that was a great resource to get the basics. I love books too. Got a Kindle last year and I like it for travel (light) but you just can't randomly thumb around.

14 posted on 03/13/2012 5:12:55 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Mmogamer

My Parents also have a ‘56/’57 (can’t remember which yr) set which I used all thru Grade/Jr High/High Schools in the 50s & mid-60s.


15 posted on 03/13/2012 5:15:05 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry Obummer and another 4yrs of Hell, anyday!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Sir Kenneth Clark, had this great quote about the 1913 edition in Another Part of the Wood (1974):

“One leaps from one subject to another, fascinated as much by the play of mind and the idiosyncrasies of their authors as by the facts and dates. It must be the last encyclopaedia in the tradition of Diderot which assumes that information can be made memorable only when it is slightly coloured by prejudice. When T. S. Eliot wrote ‘Soul curled up on the window seat reading the Encyclopædia Britannica,’ he was certainly thinking of the eleventh edition.”


16 posted on 03/13/2012 5:19:22 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: the invisib1e hand

You can have not only a whole set of encyclopedias, but every set ever published...on DVDs and it will all fit in a cigar box. A solar flare won’t hurt it either.


17 posted on 03/13/2012 5:19:22 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: ConservativeStatement

Grew up with an EB handed down by the grandparents. Can remember the day we loaded them all in the car (multiple trips? could have been) and stuck them on the shelf in our house. Definitely used them to “write reports” (which basically consisted of putting the EB article “in your own words”) during elementary school. It sorta was the “internet” of its time - a lot of info about a lot of things but ultimately a mile wide and an inch deep.


18 posted on 03/13/2012 5:20:02 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: ConservativeStatement

I have a full set from 1897.


19 posted on 03/13/2012 5:20:07 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: mamelukesabre; the invisib1e hand

The DVDs will survive the solar flare, but the DVD player will be toast! Back to square one!


20 posted on 03/13/2012 5:21:54 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: ConservativeStatement

In the garage I have a Funk & Wagnalls (you could look it up) from the mid-1930’s. It has an entry for Hitler as an up-and-coming leader of Germany.

The writing is quite erudite without being stuffy. Fun to look at the pictures, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO2D_sxXAWM&feature=related

You might remember the above EB TV commercial - never knew it was Donovan Freberg, son of the famed Stan Freberg.

Learn something new every day.


21 posted on 03/13/2012 5:23:17 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: ConservativeStatement
It makes good business sense now but I'm somewhat troubled by so much knowledge in general being transferred to only digital form. Especially on a system such as the internet.

Knowledge stored in physical form (tablets, paper, etc) can survive and be hidden for thousands of years. All one needs is sunlight to access it.

Digital information requires electricity and the right technology to read it. It can also be destroyed by a virus, EMP weapons or a cosmic electromagnetic event. If all the information in the world is digital, it can all be lost relatively easily. Imagine if all records, texts, videos, etc in the world were suddenly lost and there were no hard copies because “nobody uses them”.

There may come a time when people are so completely dependent on technology that they have no clue how to live without it. We are already seeing the beginning stages of this.

22 posted on 03/13/2012 5:23:39 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: mamelukesabre
You can have not only a whole set of encyclopedias, but every set ever published...on DVDs and it will all fit in a cigar box. A solar flare won’t hurt it either.
True, although you won't have a working computer, so you might as well use them as coasters in the event of a "civilization-ending" event.

I haven't checked yet, but I would hate it if they didn't have a DVD version. I notice that schools are moving to online textbooks. That makes it just too easy to "change" history to suit the purposes of whoever controls the data.

23 posted on 03/13/2012 5:24:33 PM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: carriage_hill; Mmogamer

I have two sets. One from 1952 and one from 1903. The older set is only a 3 volume set and there are no color pictures. There are only very small line drawings in black and white. they are leather bound and it says “cyclopaedia” on the spine instead of encyclopedia.


24 posted on 03/13/2012 5:25:38 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: ConservativeStatement
He wouldn't care for this!
25 posted on 03/13/2012 5:26:35 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: varyouga

Same with video. Early tapes (from the 50’s) are unwatchable because there are so few players.

Even VHS is now almost kaput (I saw two players at Best Buy, one for $200, another for $300).


26 posted on 03/13/2012 5:31:46 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My parents had sets of “The Book of Knowledge” and “Groliers Encyclopedia”, dating from the 1940’s.

The “Book of Knowledge” was originally published in Britain as “The Children’s Encyclopedia.” It was great for kids.


27 posted on 03/13/2012 5:36:48 PM PDT by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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To: Mmogamer
As a lad, I learned so much about science, the nation and the world from that very '57 edition of WB.

If I wanted to look something up, I would rarely make it to my item of interest without being distracted by a hundred other items of wonderment.

(And, I still keep the old WB collection.)

.

28 posted on 03/13/2012 5:39:21 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: varyouga
There may come a time when people are so completely dependent on technology that they have no clue how to live without it. We are already seeing the beginning stages of this.

That ship has sailed. If all technology went kaput tomorrow, within a generation the world's population will drop by at least 7 billion due to disease and famine.

29 posted on 03/13/2012 5:48:03 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: mamelukesabre
How you gonna read it when the machines are broke and the repair manual's on yer CD?

geeez. Imagination is the first casualty.

30 posted on 03/13/2012 5:48:25 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (If knowledge puffs up, information positively deludes.)
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To: Seaplaner

I was using ours up until the early 80s. Yeah it was outta date, but still full of good information.


31 posted on 03/13/2012 5:54:32 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Mmogamer

As a rejoinder, am watching Emergency! on netflix and they are doing a rescue at an ice house. I bet no one born after 1985 has any idea what that is lol.


32 posted on 03/13/2012 5:56:31 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I went for a leather-bound set in 1984 that my heirs will inherit. The history it holds can’t be altered, it can only be burnt. There are a number of people - you can see them at work altering Wikipedia at every opportunity - who have a stake in altering history to suit themselves. There will come a day when they’ll burn the books. Those who let them will deserve the world that follows.


33 posted on 03/13/2012 6:02:11 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

I wonder if World Book still makes a book set? Might need to look into that. EB would be great but dang the whole set was kinda pricey.


34 posted on 03/13/2012 6:10:04 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Pretty sad. I have three different CD versions that I hardly ever use. And I have a printed ‘79 set that I refer to all the time.

ML/NJ


35 posted on 03/13/2012 6:14:32 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Mmogamer

World book basic set runs about $1200.


36 posted on 03/13/2012 6:16:57 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Wow, are you kidding? That is a travesty. The best supplement to education was when I would sit and just flip through the encyclopedia and read what I thought at the time was interesting. I love the feel of books in my hands no matter how big and bulky, always have. I do not own a Kindle or Nook anything like it, don’t want one because the idea of digital versions are so nebulous, they can be gone in an instant and controlled. I won’t give up my books.


37 posted on 03/13/2012 6:44:31 PM PDT by eagles_rest (The truth will set you free. Amen)
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To: GeronL
The local LA news stations reported this story today, sighting Wikipedia as essentially all you need. Yep Wikipedia, edited by leftist Revisionary history on a daily basis.
38 posted on 03/13/2012 8:12:59 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: eagles_rest

I hope-and think that hard back Encyclopedias will live forever. There is so much more to the bookcase set than just the knowledge transfer from page to brain. My parents had a 59 edition of World Book... over time I read I’m sure every page. I can still tell you the top wheat states in the US and the top diamond mines in the world... just by remembering those little symbols. About 6 years ago I finally broke down and brought a new set of World Books from Amazon for about $400. Great bargain... and the smell of the pages! We are now home schooling the last of our 3 children and her daily assignment is pick a letter and do 3 articles.


39 posted on 03/13/2012 8:51:54 PM PDT by docnakona
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To: BobL

Bob, you mean well, but in the event of a nuke or emp event, I doubt you’ll be worrying that you can’t access an electronic encyclopedia, or comforted that you can still read the print edition


40 posted on 03/13/2012 9:08:57 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: BobL

Bob, you mean well, but in the event of a nuke or emp event, I doubt you’ll be worrying that you can’t access an electronic encyclopedia, or comforted that you can still read the print edition


41 posted on 03/13/2012 9:09:03 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas

Bookmark


42 posted on 03/13/2012 9:43:49 PM PDT by Publius6961 (“It’s easy to make phony promises you can’t keep.” - Obama, Feb23, 2012)
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To: Melas

“Bob, you mean well, but in the event of a nuke or emp event, I doubt you’ll be worrying that you can’t access an electronic encyclopedia, or comforted that you can still read the print edition”

It depends. You may think that the world disappears with an EMP event, but it doesn’t. Short of a major nuke exchange between us, Russia, and/or China, life will go on and we (hopefully) will build out of it. But things will be much, much, different. Yes we will have computers again, but they will be hardened, and we will have paper backups for everything, including text books and encyclopedias.

Anyway, we’ll likely find out well before the end of the decade.


43 posted on 03/14/2012 4:36:35 AM PDT by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: docnakona

That is my hope also. We had a set of World Book growing up, and I, like you, remember many things out of those pages that most people do not know or learned in school. Even today, I come up with trivia and folks ask me, “How do you know this?” and I know it’s from perusing the encyclopedia throughout my childhood.

I’ve tried using an online or CD encyclopedia, but it’s not the same at all.

We yard sale a lot and we go to book sales, I’ll have to see if I can find a good set before they are gone forever.

Very happy to see that you are passing along to your children the love of the encyclopedia and their worth.


44 posted on 03/14/2012 9:27:11 AM PDT by eagles_rest (The truth will set you free. Amen)
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To: eagles_rest

And the “Technology Trap” closes in a little bit more.


45 posted on 03/14/2012 9:30:04 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

Yes, it does. Information will be much easier to manipulate and history can be changed as it is on sites like Wikipedia every day. Big Brother anyone?


46 posted on 03/14/2012 11:11:02 AM PDT by eagles_rest (The truth will set you free. Amen)
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