Go Look It Up In The Encyclopedia

When you were a kid, did you ever ask a question, only to be told, “Go look it up in the encyclopedia?”

Well, moving forward, that will take a whole new meaning.  After 244 years of publishing, the Encyclopedia Britannica will stop producing their volumes in paper edition.  Instead, their wealth of information will be available electronically. I’m guessing this means via website subscription or other digital media.

When I was a kid, I never had a full set of encyclopedias, though I do remember having a sort of encyclopedia-lite set of three volumes, which would provide an overview of most topics.  If I needed the additional detail that the encyclopedia would require, I had to use whatever was available in our school or city library.

Kind of sad, when you think about it.  I’m sure for many, that set of 26 volumes, or however many it actually ended up being, was an institution in their homes.  Kids today will never have that, unless of course, they want to access an old set with potentially outdated information.

As for me, I remember asking a lot of questions about what certain words meant, so what I remember hearing most often was “Go look it up in the dictionary.”

So far as I can tell, Webster is still publishing those in paper form, so as long as that holds, I’ll at least get to pass that one along to my kids!