After 244 years of publishing in print, Encyclopaedia Britannica will discontinue selling its iconic set of reference manuals. The New York Times has the scoop (After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses):
After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.
Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered sets of reference books that were once sold door to door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed as proud fixtures in American homes will be discontinued, the company is expected to announce on Wednesday.
In a nod to the realities of the digital age — and, in particular, the competition from the hugely popular Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools, company executives said.
Read more at The New York Times.