Death of a Salesman Part 2: Encyclopaedia Britannicas Going Out Of Print

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For those of us who can read, a sad day has come.

After 244 years of making household bookshelves classy, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.

But how will we learn about human anatomy now??

encyclopaedia Death of a Salesman Part 2: Encyclopaedia Britannicas Going Out Of Print

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It seems as though Encyclopaedia Britannica is going digital, like most of the world. With competition from Wikipedia and other online references, there just doesn’t seem to be a need for those old reference books anymore.

Seriously though, do most people even know what an encyclopedia is?

A good chunk of America grew up with these awesome, heavy books sitting on our shelves at home. Ya know, out where all of your parent’s friends could see so they knew how smart you all were.

We can still remember the day when Willy Lohman showed up at our studio with his case full of books (we still can’t figure out how he carried that thing). We like to use them as punishment – when our interns misbehave, we make them look up facts in an encyclopaedia instead of Google. Suckers.

So 2010 will officially be the last print edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and a steal at around only $1400.

Guess old people will have to learn how to use Google now.

[Source: NY Times]

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