About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Encyclopedia Britannica Goes Digital

by Sheela Philomena on March 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM
Font : A-A+

 Encyclopedia Britannica Goes Digital

The Encyclopedia Britannica ends print publication and goes 'completely digital', reveal sources.

"The end of the print set is something we've foreseen for some time," Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica, said in a statement.

Advertisement

"It's the latest step in our evolution from the print publisher we were, to the creator of digital learning products we are today."

The "coolly authoritative" reference books were coveted as a "goalpost for an aspirational middle class" who often paid for the multivolume sets in installments in the 1950's and 1960s, the New York Times wrote in glowing tribute to the end of era.
Advertisement

Sales peaked in 1990 when 120,000 sets were sold in the United States and dropped off precipitously as the Internet became the reference of choice for most Americans, with the huge growth of online reference site Wikipedia.

The gold-lettered books once sold by a "fleet" of door to door salesmen became a luxury item with a price tag of $1,395, the Times reported. Only 8,000 of the 12,000 collections printed for the 2010 edition were sold.

Britannica offered its first digital edition in 1981 for LexisNexis users, published the first multi-media CD in 1989 and the first encyclopedia on the Internet in 1994. It also expanded into the school curriculum market.

The online version -- which offers some services for free and charges an annual fee for enhanced content -- attracts an audience of 100 million people worldwide, Britannica said.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Alarming Cesarean Section Trends in India - Convenience or Compulsion of Corporate Healthcare
Quiz on Low-Calorie Diet for Diabetes
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Most Popular on Medindia

Diaphragmatic Hernia Find a Hospital Drug Interaction Checker A-Z Drug Brands in India Drug - Food Interactions Blood Pressure Calculator Selfie Addiction Calculator Blood Donation - Recipients Iron Intake Calculator Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Encyclopedia Britannica Goes Digital Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests