After 244 years of being printed, Encyclopaedia Britannica will now become exclusively available online, as an e-book. This is a big step away from print publishing, towards becoming producers of digital learning devices. Purchasing an online subscription costs approximately $70 a year, and there are a few different apps that are available for your mobile phone. The company will continue selling copies until the 4000 books they currently have in stock, until are all gone.
The encyclopedia was one of the longest books in the history of publishing, since it was first produced in 1768, and it is the oldest English-language encyclopedia to date.
This doesn’t mean print is dead. But it does show the growing trend of books going digital.
Text books have already embraced this shift. Thanks to the success of the iPad, Apple introduced a suite of apps to bring text books into the digtal age. Major publishers are all on board too.
As more and more people opt for e-book versions of their favorite books or text books, this trend will continue to grow. The more we go mobile, the more we want to do with our devices. Digital textbooks are just the latest way that classroom technology can take the learning experience to the next level.