Encyclopaedia Britannica, the mother of all alphabetized knowledge, will be putting its 244-year-old print business out to pasture effective immediately.
This makes the august encyclopedia publisher’s 32-volume 2010 edition the last of its kind.
“Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now,” said Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. president Jorge Cauz. “The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia.”
Indeed, over the last decade, Encyclopaedia Britannica has seen online rival Wikipedia slowly eat away at its market share, with its high-minded notions of free information for all by all.
By comparison, a complete set of Encyclopaedia Britannica books will set you back a cool $1,395. Additionally, dead-tree tomes lack the self-correction and expansion features that come standard with Wikipedia, and are increasingly necessary in today’s fast-paced world of the 24-hour news cycle.
Curriculum products for schools have been Encyclopaedia Britannica primary source of revenue since encyclopedia sales peaked at 120,000 in 1990. According to the company, nearly all the other money it makes comes from subscriptions to its website. Print encyclopedias make up less than 1 percent its profits.
Causing a stir online today is a new website that invites users to posthumously convert Mormons to homosexuality.
The single-serving site is a rather candid knock at the common Mormon practice known as “vicarious baptism” or “proxy baptism,” which involves the baptizing of a living person on behalf of someone who has passed on.
LDS Church members have received significant criticism in the past for attempting to baptize deceased individuals who belonged to a different faith in life. Of particular contention are conversion ceremonies conducted on behalf of Holocaust victims.
Earlier this month the church was forced to apologize to the family of noted Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal, whose parents, it was revealed, had been baptized by proxy in January. Yesterday, a similar story involving iconic Holocaust victim Anne Frank appeared in the media.
The Church has since released a statement vowing to discipline “individual abusers” of the the controversial practice.
Dr. Sleep pits a grown-up Danny Torrance, now working at a hospice facility and using his mysterious powers to help the terminally ill comfortably pass on to the other side, against a group of psychic vampires called The Tribe, who want to feed on his supernatural energy.
Danny also uses his powers to bet on horses, something he learned from Dick Hallorann — the chef who died in Stanley Kubrick’s film version of The Shining, but survived in King’s novel.
King said in November that he had finished the first draft of Dr. Sleep, but he hasn’t yet announced a release date for the Shining sequel.
Disabled?Josh Dueck, a Canadian alpine skier who became paralyzed from the chest down after breaking his back on a ski flip in 2004, returns eight years later to attempt the first-ever backflip on a Sit Ski.