Britannica Encyclopedia Out After 244 Years, Wikipedia Goes Up

Searching for a reliable source of information on any topic can be tricky. However, there are plenty of great resources out there that can help you learn about almost anything, including Britannica. This trusted resource has existed in print form since 1768 and is one of the most well-known encyclopedias in history. However, as we move further into the digital age, many publications have begun moving their content online instead of printing it in books. Britannica encyclopedia was one such publication that made the switch to an online version instead of continuing with print editions.

Wikipedia is the fifth-most popular website in the world, with more than half a billion users. Many of its users are students and academics, who access it to stay current on facts and topics they’re researching. Why is Wikipedia so popular? It’s because anyone can access it for free and contribute to it. Readers can view articles without creating an account, which makes it easy to use as a reference tool.

The Decline of Britannica Encyclopedia

Currently, Wikipedia consists of over 285 million articles in a number of different languages. This infographic, with a simple old paper tone, looks at Wikipedia and the reason why it has overtaken the encyclopedia, making Britannica shut down its printing presses after 244 years. Content, rank, visitors, operational costs and more are some of the many facts and figures laid out.  Have a look and don’t forget to comment.

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