The Encyclopedia Britannica is considered the most famous and most authoritative encyclopedia in the world, and is one of the three major encyclopedias of the world. Encyclopedia Britannica was born in Scottish Enlightenment in an 18th-century atmosphere. The first version of the Encyclopedia Britannica was compiled in 1768 for three years to complete a total of three in 1771.
After 244 years, the company announced on March 13, 2012, after the paper edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica on the market was sold, it would no longer launch the print edition, instead of using the format digital. To remember the honorable stop of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Encyclopedia Britannica website provides free access to one week since March 13.
Up to 244 years in the history of publishing the Encyclopedia Britannica in the world was announced to stop the launch of the printed edition but will continue to provide an electronic version, this shows that the entity tool is gradually being replaced by eBooks.
In fact, in a state of increasingly popular Wikipedia and other free online Baike consultations, Encyclopedia Britannica has begun to change suppliers of educational products to provide electronic textbooks, and other major sources of income to achieve life expectancy, it is hoped that this trend will likely stop printing Encyclopedia Britannica, will increasingly be strengthened.
Jorge Cauz, president of the Encyclopedia Britannica, said the company had predicted the printed edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica would eventually cease, replaced by an electronic version, which they had been preparing for two years.
He pointed out that the printed version was more difficult to update and maintain, no longer displaying the best media data and the quality of the editorial team. Copy after the revision, the information in this book may be out of date, and the opposite electronic version can be a real-time update, but is also convenient for the reader, but can also add multimedia content, more in line with the modern needs of the era.
He said that this was not a sad day, we are a fully digital company. He said the decision to stop the release of the print version was one of the companies that evolved from traditional physical print publishers as a supplier of digital education products.
The Encyclopedia Britannica gives the impression that it is a book that contains all the knowledge of the world. In other words, in the history of the British Empire, the Encyclopedia Britannica is actually one of its cultural symbols, a very important symbol.
When you open the book, you will find that the paper material is very good and very thin, it can be said to be thin like an onion skin, the illustrations inside are also very beautiful. Then, especially after the electronic age intervention, I think we rarely use this book, so basically this is lacking circulation, the company made this decision indicating that the electronic version will replace the printed version – in fact, it is a process. In other words, all traditional media, especially print media in terms of their living conditions face many challenges.
The Encyclopedia Britannica makes this decision actually an adaptation to the demands of the times, which of course is a good thing, but many people are worried, especially for people who use Encyclopedia Britannica, they should feel the nostalgia that has passed its kind of use, a good type of Encyclopedia Britannica, may be difficult to buy. So now there are not many people who have Encyclopedia Britannica, in the future the Encyclopedia Britannica paper will become a very valuable antique.