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Philadelphians, Young And Old, React To News Of Encyclopedia Ending Print Version

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John McDevitt John McDevitt
John McDevitt has been a reporter and editor at KYW Newsradio 1060...
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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Young and old alike, many aren’t surprised that after 244 years Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer print its books and will focus on its online version.

Reading a book electronically on her nook in Love Park, a senior citizen who spoke with KYW Newsradio says with all the technological advancements its time to put the heavy volumes down and say goodbye.

“I dont think there are enough people that would buy them. If you need an encyclopeia like that you would go to library, otherwise you would look them up on line.”

A group of Hallahan High School juniors dont use the books but heard of them.

“Why do you need an encyclopedia when you have Google,” said one student.

One woman says she is going to repurpose her set and turn it into end tables.

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