the death rattle of pulpy clay-coated content
The Encyclopedia Britannica out of print after 224 years
The Britannica, the oldest continuously published encyclopedia in the English language, has become a luxury item with a $1,395 price tag. It is frequently bought by embassies, libraries and research institutions, and by well-educated, upscale consumers who felt an attachment to the set of bound volumes. Only 8,000 sets of the 2010 edition have been sold, and the remaining 4,000 have been stored in a warehouse until they are bought.
Sales of the Britannica peaked in 1990, when 120,000 sets were sold in the United States. But now print encyclopedias account for less than 1 percent of the Britannica’s revenue. About 85 percent of revenue comes from selling curriculum products in subjects like math, science and the English language; 15 percent comes from subscriptions to the Web site, the company said.
Moving towards Ebooks ?
also look at the tech in the Amazon Kindle.
The Modern Library of Alexandria is burning from bit-rot
The End of Information - a good discussion, with a not-so-illuminating snarky comment from me
Parchment rots, paper and papyrus burns, clay tables shatter to dust when their cites are plowed under and sowed with salt. We know of the past by accident, not design.
That’s not to say that we shouldn’t try to pass something on to the future, a future that might not be able to translate our obscure media formats, understand our language -- or even care.
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