RIP Encyclopedia Britannica

March 14, 2012 by staff 

RIP Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Britannica pulled the plug on its print edition Tuesday, ending a 244 year run as the oldest continuously-in-print encyclopedia in the world. The company said it will continue its online operations and its academic curriculum materials business, from whence it derived 99 percent of its revenue stream in the last year, but the print version will no longer be made.

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According to The New York Times, sales of the printed encyclopedia peaked in 1990, when 120,000 copies of the multi-volume set were sold in the U.S. alone. In comparison, only 12,000 sets of the 2010 edition were printed, and only 8,000 of those were actually sold—the remaining 4,000 sets have been placed in storage. That edition was a 32-volume set.

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