France's Encyclopaedia Universalis will only be available in digital format in future. Its last printed edition was sold 998,000 times.
French publishing house Encyclopaedia Universalis, publisher of the encyclopaedia of the same name, is dispensing with a printed publication in future. 44 years on from its first edition, the publisher said it will be concentrating henceforth on the digital version alone. According to the company, the digital encyclopaedia has been in existence since 1995 and has been available on the Internet since 1999. A last printed version, comprising 30 volumes, has now been put on the market in a limited edition of 999 copies.
Encyclopaedia Universalis was launched at the end of the Sixties. The publishing house refers to Encyclopaedia Universalis as the most important general encyclopaedia in French. The last printed edition had a run of 998,000 copies.
Encyclopaedia Universalis is not the first encyclopaedia going out of print. In March 2012, after 244 years, the American Encyclopaedia Britannica also stopped printing its work of reference. Since then, it has only been available in digital form as well.
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