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Encyclopedia Britannica goes all Wikipedia


I found this story mildly amusing this morning. Encyclopedia Britannica is inviting readers to contribute and edit entries on a new section of its website on order to challenge the domination of Wikipedia.

Hmmm… let’s see – Wikipedia was launched in January 2001 and has 12 million articles. God knows how many millions of people use it every day. Encyclopedia Britannica has been around for 240 years and is oldest English-language encyclopedia still in print.

Did it take eight years for Encyclopedia Britannica to realise that Wikipedia was making it obsolete? Didn’t they see what happened to the music industry which buried its head in the sand and hoped downloads and iTunes would just go away? Stable door — bolted — horse!

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Richard Davies

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