From the New York Times "Start Writing the Eulogies for Print Encyclopedias," March 16, 2008:
A series of announcements from publishers across the globe in the last few weeks suggests that the long migration to the Internet has picked up pace, and that ahead of other books, magazines and even newspapers, the classic multivolume encyclopedia is well on its way to becoming the first casualty in the end of print.
What, first no Readers Guide to Periodical Literature, and now no print encyclopedia? The world is definitely going to hell in a handbasket. (Official slogan of the 50+ club.)
I do have to say that I read this article with a twinge of sadness. As a kid, I remember spending many hours reading the two battered sets of encyclopedias in our home. (Yes, children, by lamplight.) I particuarly liked the plastic sheets displaying human anatomy in one of the volumes, as I recall.
Will my grandson's will have the same fond memories of Worldbook Online?