Not sure how much I like this idea. Although I am a grad student who loves accessing reading material on electronic and digital devices like Kindle sometimes I prefer reading it in a book, especially when it comes to reference matter. I like manually browsing the text and have found that electronic browsing is somewhat disengaging and leads to scatterbrain wandering. Thus, it takes me to places where I would not have gone, which is not what a student needs while performing research.

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After 244 years reference book firm Encyclopaedia Britannica has decided to stop publishing its famous and weighty 32-volume print edition.

It will now focus on digital expansion amid rising competition from websites such as Wikipedia.

The firm, which used to sell its encyclopaedias door-to-door, now generates almost 85% its revenue from online sales.

It recently launched a digital version of its encyclopaedias for tablet PCs.

“The sales of printed encyclopaedias have been negligible for several years,” said Jorge Cauz president of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

“We knew this was going to come.”

A lot faster’

Companies across the globe have been trying to boost their online presence in a bid to cash in on the fast-growing market.

Various newspapers, magazines and even book publishers have been coming up with online versions of their products as an increasing number of readers access information on high-tech gadgets such as tablet PCs and smartphones.

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