Mark another victim of the times. The massive, iconic Encyclopaedia Britannica is now officially out of print. The staple of your local library, that 32-volume, 65,000-article set will be no more. The final 2010 edition still remains in stock, but the product carries a hefty price tag of $1,395. According to the New York Times, only 8,000 copies of the 2010 edition have been sold, leaving 4,000 left until they're all gone. Back in 1990 the company sold 120,000 copies, the most ever.
The content of Encyclopaedia Britannica, which is of course what's truly valuable, won't be going anywhere. The company said that it'll focus on its online and educational offerings. Apparently the latter accounts for 85 percent of the company's revenues — with print bringing in less than one percent. The company appears to be taking the disappearance of the 244-year-old print edition in stride; after all, the move towards the internet — and Wikipedia — is hardly a new phenomenon. President Jorge Cauz told The New York Times: "Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it's much more expansive and it has multimedia." Still, we'll shed a tear for those famous blue-bound tomes.