Why I'm keeping my Encyclopedia Brittanica -- all 24 nondigital volumes

John Hughes, The Christian Science Monitor:

My wife came into my study with a suggestion bordering on heresy.
“Why,” she asked, “don’t you get rid of your encyclopedia?”

I did do a little research on who might use my 24 volume printed encyclopedia.
The local charity store refuses to accept them any more.
A local library held its annual sale and couldn’t sell full sets of encyclopedias for a dollar apiece.

But my 24 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica are still on my shelves in all their leather-bound glory.

I look at them, if not in them, fondly almost every day.

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Balance

'Does this mean that books printed on paper are destined to go the way of some printed daily newspapers?'

Why would you think that? An encyclopedia is a very big, very heavy and already out of date product as soon as you have bought it. It takes up a lot of space, you often can't easily just sit with the columes on your lap as you could other books.
They are useful but don't go calling them the same as all other books.

The guys wife is right, maybe not to throw them away but certainly move them. Put them in the attic or basement maybe, keep them, but you need the space!

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