Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books
March 14th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books

By Julianne Pepitone, CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets.

Britannica usually prints a new set of the tomes every two years, but 2010's 32-volume set will be its last. Instead, the company will focus solely on its digital encyclopedia and education tools.

The news is sure to sadden champions of the printed word, but Britannica president Jorge Cauz said the move is a natural part of his company's evolution.

"Everyone will want to call this the end of an era, and I understand that," Cauz says. "But there's no sad moment for us. I think outsiders are more nostalgic about the books than I am."

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  1. Alexis

    Britannica is one of the most well known companys to ever have printed these kind of encyclopedias and books. Why shut it down when it has been running for over 245 years? I think it should stay running and keep it's well known name.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm |