In your mailboxes right about now, many of you are finding our March issue, which features the results of our annual product research study. One of its elements is monitoring the progression away from traditional product research tools to digital alternatives. While not as drastic, that trend correlates with the weekend announcement that after 244 years in print, the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica will be discontinued. The encyclopedia will live on and grow in myriad digital forms.
The first edition, published between 1768 and 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland, consisted of 100 parts known as "fascicles" issued serially and bound into 3 volumes.
A major revision in 1985 expanded the set to 32 volumes. It first appeared on the Internet in 1994.
Here's video EB put out about the announcement. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9zLe7D9qDo