After 244 years the Encyclopaedia Britannica is to stop printing its famous volumes. The company cited increased competition from free, online, up-to-date encyclopaedia (read: Wikipedia) for the decision. They will now concentrate on their online offerings, including their subscription-based site which offers a variety of multimedia.
The most recent version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica sold just 4,000 sets, compared to 120,000 sets before the dawn of the Internet in the early 1990s. The 2010 edition features 65,000 articles. Wikipedia – only 11 years old – has over 3.8 million articles in its English language edition alone. However, that does include articles about Mary Toft (a woman who tricked doctors into believing she gave birth to rabbits) and Phineas Gage, an unfortunate man who had a large iron rod driven through his brain during a railway construction accident.