The information behemoth we all know and love, Wikipedia, continues to change the way the world does its research. Its latest victim is the print editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

First published in 1771, the Encyclopedia Britannica has recently announced that the latest edition of printed encyclopedias would be its last. They are now converting to an online only platform.

I still remember writing papers in elementary school by pulling my families copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica off the shelf and transferring the information over by hand. This research tactic is now almost completely unheard of.

The folks at Statista have put together this infographic to commemorate the end of this era. If you’re old enough to actually remember using a hard copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica, it’s definitely worth a look.

Wikipedia has forced Britannica to stop publishing hard copies of its famous encyclopedias

Scott Sundblom