The announcement only came as a surprise because I hadn't thought of it in so long. Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer print the multiple-volume sets that informed the school projects and investigations of our childhoods.
It makes sense. We have become used to immediate access and incessantly updated content. I understand. And I can't sigh too deeply as I've never purchased a set of encyclopedias for my own household. In fact, I have donated most of our paper books over the years as we've become spoiled by the immediate gratification of digital medal. I order books on an impulse and make a living creating online content. But, still, there is something sad about it.