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Column - April 13, 2012

Happy memories leafing through encyclopedias

by Jeb Bing

After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica is going out of print. Not out of business, but certainly out of sight on library shelves where I'm sure many of us were weaned on research from the time we started submitting reports in grade school to those late stressed nights in the college library as we wrapped up a crucial term paper that was due the next day. For my family, Encyclopedia Britannica was too expensive, so we made do with Grolier's Book of Knowledge or similar sets of books that occasionally were offered as specials at supermarkets. They were pretty to look at on the bookshelf with their fake gold leaf binding but the pictures and type size were too small for easy reference.

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