No more printed Encyclopaedia Britannica

After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica has decided to stop publishing its famous 32-volume print edition, instead focusing its attention on digital expansion amid rising competition from websites such as Wikipedia.

The firm, which used to sell its encyclopaedias door-to-door, now generates almost 85% its revenue from online sales and recently launched a digital version of its encyclopaedias for tablet PCs.

Sales of printed encyclopaedias have been negligible for several years and are out of date the moemnt they are printed. Online versions can and are updated continuously.

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