Longtime commenter-extraordinaire tonyola sent in a link this morning about a truly surprising turn of events. It seems that, after 240 -odd years, the monolithic Encyclopaedia Britannica is ceasing to offer its flagship print edition. According to the company, maintaining the enormous set of books has simply become too costly in an era of instant information updates, and turned out to be largely redundant since the majority of their subscribers had purchased access to their always-current online encyclopaedia. The simple truth is, the beautiful bound volumes of knowledge from days of yore are simply out-of-date. Technology and the Internets have passed the old encyclopaedia by.
And, truth be told, that makes us a little sad. We grew up in the pre-Google days, back when Britannica was the Googles. It was the font of all knowledge, and the reliable source for anything you could want to know. Seeing that bastion of informationey goodness slowly shuffle off into the sunset is stepping away from a day we’ll never be able to go back to. Once these books are gone, they’re probably gone for good.
What bastion of the old world are you sad to see swept away by the march of technology?