Encyclopedia Britannica is ceasing print publication. What are we really losing in going digital?
"Encyclopedias, along with other reference works, would seem particularly obvious candidates for digitization. Paper encyclopedias are large, heavy, and expensive ($1,395 for the final print edition of Britannica). They are nowhere near as easily and thoroughly searchable as their digital counterparts. They cannot be easily updated, still less constantly updated. And they are far more limited in size. The 2002 Britannica contained 65,000 articles and 44 million words. Wikipedia currently contains close to four million articles and over two billion words (this information comes, of course, from Wikipedia).Yet with the disappearance of paper encyclopedias, a part of the Western intellectual tradition is disappearing as well.
- David A. Bell, “What We’ve Lost With the Demise of Print Encyclopedias”
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- ucsdhealthsciences said:They also help kids learn basic skills, like alphabetizing and spelling. I used to help my brother learn to spell by making him look things up in the yellow pages. My dad did same for me and it worked
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