I’m not bothered even one little bit to see Britannica go out of print. This is not
because of its content but rather the merchandising methods of its publisher. In the early ‘60s we had four kids, three in school, and it as time to get an encyclopedia. The only way you could buy Britannica was to have a salesman come to your house and make his pitch. This happened one evening and, after listening to him for a good hour or so and admiring the sample volumes which ran from the mundane to the super, gold embossed fake leather bindings, he gave us the various prices of the sets with and without the extras of an atlas, etc. When finally done I thanked him and, considering that the cost of even the cheapest set would be difficult on my modest income at the time, told him we’d have to think about it. He told me that would not be possible – that I had to make my mind up right then and there to get the benefit of the wonderful, reduced prices he’d quoted us. My rejection became more adamant and he responded with, “If you don’t buy a set now, your name will be put on a list and you will never be able to buy a set ever,” I said “Good!” and kicked him out of the house. We went out the next day and bought a set of “World Book of Knowledge”. I learned later that was the way Britannica was sold those days and lost all respect for them. These days Encarta and Wikepedia work just fine for me.