Limerick Ode To The Print Encyclopedia

The Encyclopaedia Britannica is the latest victim of the Digital Age:

Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. announced Tuesday it will stop publishing print editions of its signature product for the first time in its 244-year history. In an acknowledgment of the shifting media landscape and the increasing reliance on digital references, the company said its current encyclopedia – the 32-volume, 129-pound 2010 edition – will be unavailable once the existing stock runs out. (If you’re interested, it’s yours for $1,395 and there are only 4,000 sets left.) The digital version of the encyclopedia, however, will live on.

This news saddened me. And it also reminded me about the obsolete, hand-me-down encyclopedia I grew up with in the Fifties and Sixties:

Limerick Ode To The Encyclopedia
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Brittanicas, World Books and more
Were common in households of yore.
But not in my home—
Just a hand-me-down tome
With entries, I swear, like “World War.”

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6 Responses to “Limerick Ode To The Print Encyclopedia”

  1. brian says:

    wow. did not see this before…we had them at my parents house but with the net had not even thought about getting some…

  2. Mama Zen says:

    That news made me sad, too.

  3. Old Ollie says:

    May you knock out some gems tomorrow!

  4. Yes that is sad. Great limerick too

  5. Hansi says:

    What used to be the source of all knowledge has turned into a dinosaur.

  6. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your comments!