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Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 2 Britannica, Inc. 1946 Submitter: I am librarian of a small K-12 private school in the Persian Gulf. I have been working there for one year. This spring, I finally took on our terribly out-of-date reference collection. It was bad enough that we had 30-year old science encyclopedias, but a 1946 encyclopedia? […]

No more Hong Kong, no more Tibet

The Encyclopaedia Britannica has begun to refer to Hong Kong as Xianggang, the Modern Standard Mandarin (MSM) pronunciation of the name. The above screen shot is from the Facebook group "Hong Kong & China NOT the SAME ?????". Needless to say, not only are the people of Hong Kong unamused by this attempt on the […]

Excuse Me, Could I Interest You In A Thousand-Volume Set Of Encyclopedias?

10 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's hard to believe that it was only two years ago that Techdirt reported that Encyclopaedia Britannica had stopped publishing its printed version after a run of 244 years; it seems like a report from another time. The idea of printing 32 volumes that supposedly summarize most of the key ideas of human civilization is plainly absurd. Show More Summary

Britannica1768: The Gulo and His Family

last yearOdd : Britannica Blog

The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, opens in U.S. theaters this Friday. Here, the account of the wolverine, or gulo, family, "Mustella," from the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Kafka for Kids

As a child growing up in suburban Connecticut, I was fortunate to have many books, but my favorite by far was a chestnut, leather-bound Encyclopaedia Britannica. I spent hours cross-legged on the carpet flipping through each volume, but I remember only the three things I repeatedly returned to: Sylvia Plath, Nostradamus, and Biafra. Show More Summary

Nicholas Jackson, Ghastly Little Fascist

Today’s Ghastly Little Fascist award goes to one Nicholas Jackson, the “digital director of Pacific Standard.” This afternoon, Jackson, who “has also worked for The Atlantic, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Texas Monthly, Slate, and otherShow More Summary

Supreme Court Ruling Jeopardizes Encylopedia Group's Legal Malpractice Lawsuit

Several months after losing a motion for summary judgment, Encyclopaedia Britannica is facing another possible setback in its legal malpractice lawsuit against Dickstein Shapiro. In an order yesterday, U.S. District Judge John Bates asked Britannica to explain why he should...

Exploring the Origins of Christmas

2 years agoOdd : Britannica Blog

When and where did Christmas originate? Encyclopaedia Britannica religion editor Matthew Stefon explains in this classic post.

Tiny Flying 'Bengal Tigers' invade Brooklyn

Common green darner dragonfly. Photo By Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG Via Getty Images. Once a week, I arrive home to find the New Yorker magazine on the floor, partly shredded by my dog, who devotes part of her lunch hour to...

Dickstein Shapiro Fends Off Summary Judgment Motion in Malpractice Lawsuit

Dickstein Shapiro scored a victory yesterday in a legal malpractice lawsuit brought by former client Encyclopaedia Britannica, with a Washington federal judge denying (PDF) the company's motion for partial summary judgment and also ordering sanctions against the company's counsel. Encyclopaedia...

The Right Jane: A Conversation with Noted Conservationist and Chimpanzee Expert Jane Goodall

2 years agoOdd : Britannica Blog

Encyclopaedia Britannica contributing editor Gregory McNamee caught up with British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall to talk about her work on behalf of chimpanzees, celebrated in the recently released documentary film Jane’s Journey.

Another one bites the dust: Macmillan drops its printed dictionaries to go online only

Back in March, we reported that Wikipedia and the Internet had finally killed off 244-year-old Encyclopaedia Britannica. While this wasn’t massively surprising, and is very much indicative of the way... Keep reading ?

Knowledge at Your Fingertips: The Britannica and Merriam-Webster Apps for Windows 8

2 years agoOdd : Britannica Blog

Encyclopaedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster are proud to announce the release of new Windows 8 applications, products that mark the next step in the digital evolution of our iconic brands.

The Changing Face of Print

Summary: The world has received some shocking news about the print industry in these past few months. First was the announcement in March 2012 that the Encyclopaedia Britannica will no longer produce printed editions. The company, which started in 1768, will cease being in print. That's a big deal. Second was the surprising announcement from Newsweek/Daily Beast.

Wikipedia Overcoming Other Encyclopedias in Quality?

There was a study published in Nature in 2005 famously reporting that Wikipedia articles on scientific topics contained four errors per article on average while in case of the online edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica, three errors per article were found. Now here is a new minor study: The study compared a sample of English Wikipedia articles to equivalent articles [...]

App vs. app: Encyclopædia Britannica and Wikipedia

Before the rise of the Internet people, turned to books for information, and in particular an encyclopaedia. Now, with access to the Net, it’s all much simpler. It’s made much easier still with the abundant supply of apps on our … Continue reading ?

Bing one-ups knowledge graph, hires Encyclopaedia Britannica to supply results

3 years agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

It may have retired from the cut-throat world of print, but Encyclopadia Britannica is enjoying a renaissance by supplying results to Bing. Search for a topic and a Knowledge Graph-esque box will offer supplementary information to help you on your way. Show More Summary

Publishing Jobs: Taschen, Bearport Publishing, Industrial Press

3 years agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

This week, Taschen is hiring a west coast sales representative, and Bearport Publishing is looking for a project editor. Industrial Press needs an acquisition editor, and Encyclopaedia Britannica is seeking a consumer marketing director for its consumer acquisition department. Show More Summary

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Trident, Macmillan

3 years agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

This week, Encyclopaedia Britannica is hiring a director of customer acquisition, while Trident Media Group is seeking an e-book operations assistant. Macmillan needs a senior editor, and Oxford University Press is on the hunt for a temporary production designer. Show More Summary

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