It is the end of an era. Her Highness the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Grand Old Dame of Knowledge Bank, has breathed her last after nearly two and a half centuries – after 244-years to be precise.
Born in Scotland in 1768, her hard back volumes would not be printed any longer – and, in keeping step with modern trends and traditions, it would be available only online.
This reference material has been in print on a regular basis and has sold more than 7-million copies.
Work on converting it into the digital format began 20-years back and has now been completed.
The main object of the publishers is to ‘bring scholarly knowledge to as many knowledge seekers’ as possible – the mode is immaterial.
The company admits that it faces competition from Wikipedia – but cautions that Wikipedia is a community driven affair and might not be as reliable as the Encyclopedia Britannica which is a dedicated work of experts who have dug up references on any subject under the Sun- hence its authenticity is of a high order.