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Old 03-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default 2010 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica is the last printed version

"Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books"

"After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets.

Britannica usually prints a new set of the tomes every two years, but 2010's 32-volume set will be its last. Instead, the company will focus solely on its digital encyclopedia and education tools."
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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Another victim falls to the net. I used to spend hours with it as a kid, especially when I was grounded. We didn't have a TV yet.
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Yeah - I still like to 'fondle' old encyclopedias & other written material. Somehow, the idea of taking a laptop into bed for reading doesn't do it for me but I may simply be showing my age - not to mention lack of laptop, Kindle or similar devices.

You know - it's going to become important to hang on to good examples of interesting written material of this type to pass on to future generations.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:12 PM   #4
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Yeah - I still like to 'fondle' old encyclopedias & other written material. Somehow, the idea of taking a laptop into bed for reading doesn't do it for me but I may simply be showing my age - not to mention lack of laptop, Kindle or similar devices.

You know - it's going to become important to hang on to good examples of interesting written material of this type to pass on to future generations.
I understand the economics behind the decision but I sure wish it didn't have to happen. As a kid, I could happily spend hours reading the encyclopedia and get transported to all kinds of different times and places. It's yet another experience that kids now won't get to have and that's a shame.

I have a large, 2 volume dictionary set that was published in 1907. My grandfather's parents bought it when he was in school so that he could study better. It's fascinating reading. I'm glad to say that my son has already made it clear to me that I'd better take good care of it because he expects to inherit it.
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Another victim falls to the net. I used to spend hours with it as a kid, especially when I was grounded. We didn't have a TV yet.
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I bet there will be enough demand for printed volumes that they reissue them; but at a grossly inflated price.
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You're lucky to have a son like that. I'm the only "reader" in my family. I have hundreds of books, and I know perfectly well what will happen to them when I die. My five-year-old nephews already have their own iPhones (just to play games), and my two year old niece plays with an iPad while she eats.

Valuable heirlooms are one thing; heavy, dusty paper artifacts that take up space and nobody wants to read (or move) are another.
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I loved reading and re-reading the encyclopedia we have. My boys used it a few times. I am hoping my DGK's get to use it.
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You're lucky to have a son like that. I'm the only "reader" in my family. I have hundreds of books, and I know perfectly well what will happen to them when I die. My five-year-old nephews already have their own iPhones (just to play games), and my two year old niece plays with an iPad while she eats.

Valuable heirlooms are one thing; heavy, dusty paper artifacts that take up space and nobody wants to read (or move) are another.
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I am fortunate indeed that my only child absorbed my love of books and reading. I'm also lucky that I have a pretty good collection of other books from the late 19th and early 20th century. There are a few novels, some are school books, and others are "parlor books", the 19th century version of coffee table books. I enjoy them all, except when I have to dust them.
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If so I really want to refresh mine from the 1980s. Grocery store model if you can believe that. I must be the only one with a completed set.

But $1400' wow.
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If so I really want to refresh mine from the 1980s. Grocery store model if you can believe that. I must be the only one with a completed set.

But $1400' wow.
exactly... I would SO love to have a set... so much interesting info there
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I've seen sets at Goodwill stores. I don't recall the prices but I know they were nowhere near $1400.
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Pote - hit a few estate sales. I see encyclopedia sets often.

Personally, I think it's fine. I've got walls full of books in my house, to the point of my husband forbidding me to bring in another book unless I get rid of one first! But now, I've found the Kindle and I'm in love! Thousands and thousands of books at my fingertips at all times but only one item to dust! You've got to love it!

I'm sold. The digital version is much easier to lug about and it's just as easy to get lost in as the hard copy version.
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