My childhood was richer because we had an encyclopedia at home. It wasn’t the ultra-expensive Encyclopedia Britannica, but rather the thinner but more modestly priced World Book. My school library had a full Britannica set, and I spent countless hours immersed in both. They were among my favorite windows into ideas and the larger world, and a mainstay of my academics until college.

Today I cannot imagine why a parent – or school – would buy any encyclopedia in book form. That’s why my only surprise at hearing that Britannica will no longer be printed is that the decision took so long to make.
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