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Encyclopaedia Britannica

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Encyclopaedia Britannica, The man who helped found Wikipedia says the end of the printing of the Encyclopaedia Britannica signals a new beginning for reference materials online.

Jimmy Wales told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday in Nigeria that resources like the openly edited Wikipedia are the future as they are “accessible to us all the time, not in dusty books on the shelf — no matter how beautiful those might be.”

The book form of Encyclopaedia Britannica had been printed for more than 200 years, but it will stop being available when its current stock runs out.

The Chicago-based company that publishes the encyclopedia says it will continue to offer digital versions.Wales was in Nigeria to attend a seminar on youth marketing in Africa’s most populous nation.

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