Thursday, March 15, 2012

Britannica goes digital

The New York Times is reporting that the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.
“It’s a rite of passage in this new era,” said Jorge Cauz, the president of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., “Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia.”
So what do you think?
As one who works for a weekly local newspaper, I say I learned to appreciate ebooks last year when I moved. Print books are nice, a real treasure. But if you collect books, over time they add up in pounds and you hate giving them or throwing them away. Then when you move, you quickly learn they way a ton.
Speaking of print, I had a thought just yesterday as to why daily news papers are having such a problem.
When most if not all of the daily state and national news is readily available online, on TV and the radio, the dailies continue to include this "news" in a printed form at the expense of deep local coverage. They pay good money for reports from AP and other sources and this is where I think they are making a mistake.
They need to concentrate more on local news, what you can't get from watching TV.
The ivory towers are crumbling, and not just in academia. They are also crumbling in government, religion and all forms of publishing and the entertainment media in general.
The leaders in all fields have been found to be naked.

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