History of The Encyclopædia Britannica

History Of The Encyclopædia Britannica

The Encyclopædia Britannica has been published continuously since 1768, appearing in fifteen official editions. Several editions have been amended with multi-volume "supplements" (3rd, 5th/6th), consisted of previous editions with added supplements (10th, and 12th/13th) or undergone drastic re-organizations (15th). In recent years, digital versions of the Britannica have been developed, both online and on optical media. Since the early 1930s, the Britannica has developed several "spin-off" products to leverage its reputation as a reliable reference work and educational tool.

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History Of The Encyclopædia Britannica - Development of Electronic Versions
... In the 1980s Microsoft approached Britannica to collaborate on a CD-ROM encyclopedia, but the offer was declined ... Senior managers at Britannica were confident in their control of the market and that their healthy profits would continue ... In 1990 the Britannica's sales reached an all-time high of $650 million, but Encarta, released in 1993, soon became a software staple with almost every computer purchase ...

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