In another sign of the times, Encyclopedia Britannica has announced it will no longer produce its iconic multi-volume book sets. Instead, Britannica will go the way of Wikipedia and embrace the digital age.
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."
In truth, Cauz says, the death knell sounded long ago. Though the name "Britannica" calls the print sets to mind, Cauz says they represent less than 1% of the company's total sales.
The first print edition of Encyclopedia Britannica was produced in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1768.