In a Digital World, Encyclopedias Strive for Relevance

Mark Walsh, Education Week, Jan 08, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting look at the role of enclyclopedias in the digital era. The main point of the article is that such publications remain relevant, despite the information glut, especially as a "safe" reference for children (an interesting marketing ploy). It also argues that the market for paper-based versions remains strong. "Matt Thibeau, World Book's vice president of marketing and sales, said having printed volumes on hand in schools helps promote literacy and allows students to explore with more serendipity than they might online. 'There is just something emotional about learning by turning pages of a book,' he said." For him, maybe. He probably never had to lug the set through a dozen moves in as many years (as I have).
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