Summary Box: Encyclopaedia Britannica ends print

NO MORE: Encyclopaedia Britannica won’t be available in print any longer once the current supplies run out. It will continue in digital form.

HISTORY: The book form of Encyclopaedia Britannica has been in print since it was first published in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1768. The company started exploring digital publishing in the 1970s. The first CD-ROM edition was published in 1989 and a version went online in 1994.

REASONING: The company says the move has nothing to do with online offerings such as Wikipedia. Rather, more people have been buying digital versions of the Britannica.