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Remembering the Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedia Britannica editions are seen at the New York Public Library on March 14, 2012 in New York City. Encyclopedia Britannica announced it will be ceasing its print edition of reference books for the first time in its 244-year history to focus solely on digital versions.

We pause on the way out today to remember Encyclopedia Britannica, the paper version of which was killed off by its publisher yesterday at the age of 244.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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I was saddened to hear today that a tenet of my childhood, The Encyclopedia Britannica, would no longer be.
I was gladdened to hear the vignettes from your staff about their geeky love affair with encyclopedias.
My experience was no less quirky with lazy summers spent manually hyperlinking by laying volumes out in a chain of articles on my basement floor. I would even argue with fans of its rival, The World Book.
If there is a Heaven for outmoded technologies, a 20 volume set will be at the head of its gates benevolently shepherding along less erudite members like the Blackberry. Much like it did for millions of children across a quarter of a millennium. You will be missed Encyclopedia Britannica.

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