According to the New York Times, the Encyclopaedia Britannica Will no longer print physical volumes of their encyclopedia sets. 2010 will be the last edition gracing shelves, of libraries and homes. If you really want a 2010 edition now, apparently they still have quite a few sets in stock. This does not mean the end of the company or the vast archive of information, because they also have a an online subscription to their encyclopedia that is always updated.
What this does say, however, is that the digital age is definitely making its mark on the 244 year old business model. So if you are feeling really emo and retro about this decision, the company’s website has a 1768 Encyclopaedia Britannica Replica Set (also shown above).
“Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia.”
-Jorge Cauz, Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. President.