Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Encyclopedia Britannica to Exit the Print World

According to the New York Times, Encyclopedia Britannica is joining many other landmark reference publications by abandoning print and going online-only.

The Britannica corporate blog describes continuous updates for the web-based product as a big reason for the change, but really, few people go to print sources for this type of information anymore. As the Times notes, online sources have almost wiped out the print reference business. My last reference weeding project weeded or moved to the circulating collection about 85 percent of a traditional public library reference collection.

The Britannica web site includes a large ad for their new app.