On March 23, 2012 BBC News reported: After 244 years reference book firm Encyclopaedia Britannica has decided to stop publishing its famous and weighty 32-volume print edition. They were far from alone. As near as I could tell every news source and most writing blogs and groups made note of the passing of the print edition, many with laminations and even viewing of alarm.
My initial and continuing reaction was It’s about time! I was partly thinking just of the paper and other resources saved by not printing, shipping and then disposing of who knows how many volumes over time.
Maybe because we didn’t have the almost ubiquitous volumes in my well-read home as I was growing up I have no memories of pouring through pages trying to cobble together a report of some sort or other.
When, at the school library, I used a set to learn about one thing or another I found the writing ponderous and uninteresting.
I got an email from Jen Rhee who is working with a small group of folks putting together a creative agency. It’s so new that they don’t yet have a website.
Anyway, Jen emailed me an Infographic from Open Site. Take a close look. I know many people disparage Wikipedia’s accuracy, but according to Open Site Wikipedia has 3.86 mistakes per article while the Encyclopedia Britannica has 2.92, but… Wikipedia mistakes are corrected usually within hours
So, what do you think of this particular change?