Wednesday 14 March 2012

Encyclopaedia Brittanica to stop print edition.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica, in print for 244, is to stop publishing its 32-volume print edition to focus on its digital efforts.

The rise of the internet decimated sales of Britannica. From a peak of 120,000 sets sold in 1990, sales fell sharply, with just 8,500 sets of the 2010 edition shipped (FT, 14TH March 2012).

By moving its whole presence online, however, it faces a battle against the free web-o-paedia, Wikipedia.