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The End of a Great Era

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    USA, Idaho
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    The End of a Great Era


    Limited Edition Encyclopædia Britannica

    Encyclopædia Britannica has announced that we will no longer be printing the 32-volume print set. This is the last chance to own this remarkable reference collection— only 50 remaining sets available in the world.

    The renowned 32-volume Renaissance Binding is bound in beautiful blue Cabra-fibred leather with gold color accents and gilding along the top of each page.

    Stunningly presented, every one of the 32 volumes is crafted to the highest possible standards so your encyclopedia looks wonderful for years and years to come. Now you can be one of the very few people to own this prestigious edition.

    They will be only presented in digital. Sad to see the last of a great work fall to the digital age. . .

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    It is sad. It's just to cost prohibitive for paper compared to digital these days it seems.
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    Yeah, it seems sad, but I wouldn't want to UAE a paper copy anymore..I mean where it's the search button?
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    DeLand, FL
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Naah, it's not sad. Things change. I'm sure people used to scrolls were shell-shocked when the Gutenberg Press made scrolls obsolete, too. "What? I can hold the whole volume in ONE hand?".

    -Max
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    Thanks for posting that info, Lee. Good topic. You've brought up some good memories.

    How many "Ends of Great Eras" we have lived through! It is a shame in a way. I remember using sets when groing up and being schooled. I'm not the oldest member, but certainly not the youngest. I must admit that I can't remember the last time I saw a set, let alone referencing one. Not since I've had a Internet data connection, I'm sure. 15 years or so? All my research is performed online. Which is the correct information is another story. I usually reference a half dozen places and whatever info matches is usually true.

    One thing this leads me to -> I think I'll shell out $40 or so and buy the CD as a Christmas present for myself. It also makes a good idea for buying presents for my grand-children. I usually buy the noisiest toys for them to get even with my children, but the grands are getting a little older now.

    BTW, the Limited Edition is $3,995.00 USD verses $39.95 USD for the CD. The books would be nice, but a little pricey for me.
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    USA, Idaho
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Peck View Post
    Naah, it's not sad. Things change. I'm sure people used to scrolls were shell-shocked when the Gutenberg Press made scrolls obsolete, too. "What? I can hold the whole volume in ONE hand?".

    -Max
    In 1961 (I was 16) my dad shelled out about $750.00 for a set so that his ten children could read about what was happening, and had happen on planet earth. So, for me this is the end of a great publication. But, yes it will go on in the digital world, albeit it is always sad when anything goes away regardless of what it is.
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    The Internet is the most significant advancement in the world of "publishing" and communications since the invention of the printing press. Think about it, anyone with a PC and Internet access has a voice and can write whatever they want and others can read it instantaneously. This was not possible before...only the rich could afford to publish anything and that's why the people who controlled the "papers" controlled everything! Sad to see encyclopedias go away, I still remember the sets I had when I was a kid, but things change....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Max Peck View Post
    Naah, it's not sad. Things change. I'm sure people used to scrolls were shell-shocked when the Gutenberg Press made scrolls obsolete, too. "What? I can hold the whole volume in ONE hand?".

    -Max
    In 1961 (I was 16) my dad shelled out about $750.00 for a set so that his ten children could read about what was happening, and had happen on planet earth. So, for me this is the end of a great publication. But, yes it will go on in the digital world, albeit it is always sad when anything goes way regardless of what it is.
    That was a huge amount of $ in 1961 dollars, especially when you consider that you could buy a car for a little more than that! Knowledge has always had a price tag, hasn't it? Your father sacrificed to get you those books!
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    We didn't have the Encyclopedia Britannica at home, but I remember using it for research projects at school.
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