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Encyclopedia Britannica offers access to its online collection for free this week only as it moves from printing books to an entirely digital format. Normally you’d expect a publication’s decision to stop its print edition to cause some internal mourning. Not so for Encyclopedia Britannica. The halt of production marks the end of a print publication two centuries old, but rather than dwell on what has been lost the company has decided to offer the online edition for free over the next week.

Perhaps you didn’t even know that there was an online edition, which is precisely why they’re giving out this freebie. You can access the free content simply by going to britannica.com. There is no sign-up required, not even a basic email/password registration.

The basic layout is fairly similar to Wikipedia, but the online version of Britannica sometimes offers more images and more consistently links to other, related topics. You also won’t be seeing any of those “insufficient sources” notifications because this is still a traditional encyclopedia with entries that go through a professional editorial process.

Since the Encyclopedia Britannica is going out of print, this is your last chance to pick it up in its typical 32-book format. The final print edition is listed at $1,395 at the Britannica store “while supplies last.” The online edition is $69.95 a year, so the final volumes are probably best left in the hands of collectors.

Source: Digital Inspiration

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  1. AMSI
    June 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Encyclopedia Britannica offers access to its online collection for free this week only as it moves from printing books to an entirely digital format. Normally you’d expect a publication’s decision to stop its print edition to cause some internal mourning. Not so for Encyclopedia Britannica. The halt of production marks the end of a print publication two centuries old, but rather than dwell on what has been lost the company has decided to offer the online edition for free over the next week.

  2. AMSI
    June 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I need Britannica for my own use as free online materials.

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  4. Marvin Goldstein
    March 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Why is it (that) most anyone who writes specific information including free or other downloads, fail to display professional intelligence ???

    Instead they give you the link, but, never tell you {on an over-crowded web page}, where the free {or other} download is located ???

    Oh My Gosh, they walk among us as our future generation ---

    • Dave Parrack
      March 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      You don't download the Encyclopedia Britannica, you read it online. So the author gave you all the direction you should have needed.

    • Matt Smith
      March 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      This isn't complex. You go to the website and you use it. That's it. That's why I said there is no registration.

  5. RaMaN
    March 18, 2012 at 6:11 am

    great news.

  6. Usher
    March 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    where is download i can't find it?

    • Usher
      March 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      *the

      • Matt.Smith
        March 18, 2012 at 2:30 am

        You don't download it. It's just there, on the site. Start using the search function.

        • Dl
          March 18, 2012 at 4:17 am

          I'm glad it's not just me I'm sitting here looking feeling rather stupid LOL So we just use online free for a week? I knew it was there but it was a paid service and I have too many of those, I have the books I bought my kids when they were in school oh well I guess I missed the point.

    • Dl
      March 18, 2012 at 4:15 am

      I'm glad it's not just me I'm sitting here looking feeling rather stupid LOL

  7. wikipedia
    March 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm
    • Usher
      March 18, 2012 at 2:13 am

      well obviously but i couldn't find it on the site

      • Usher
        March 18, 2012 at 2:14 am

        oh oops its not Wikipedia dude its Britannica

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