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14-03-2012, 09:58 AM
Encyclopaedia Brittanica abandons print, goes digital only
Quote:In yet another sign of the growing dominance of the digital publishing market, the oldest English-language encyclopedia still in print is moving solely into the digital age.

The company said it will keep selling print editions until the current stock of around 4000 sets ran out.

The print edition became more difficult to maintain and wasn’t the best physical element to deliver the quality of our database and the quality of our editorial,” Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., told Reuters.

As to whether print editions of books will be viable products in the future, Cauz predicted, “print may not completely vanish from the market, but I think it is going to be increasingly less important. Many publications will never have a print analog and will only be printed on digital formats.”

Full article: http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/4...-only.html

Nice.... mmhh nice?
It seems all goes to digital now.

Although it seems this decision was made to save costs there's something that worries me:
if I wanted to keep people ignorant, going digital seems the easy way; just shut down the servers where digital media is stored and that's it. Or send a delete command to all Kindle's and iPads and tablets, etc. and all your books will be gone.
Or make a law like ACT/PIPA/SOPA, etc. to make knowledge harder to find and get.

That's why I still believe there's nothing better than a paper printed book.

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14-03-2012, 10:01 AM
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You forgot: Or set off an EMP.
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14-03-2012, 10:08 AM
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(14-03-2012 10:01 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  You forgot: Or set off an EMP.
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You are right. It may sound like a crazy conspiracy but... who knows?

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14-03-2012, 12:33 PM
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(14-03-2012 09:58 AM)KVron Wrote:  
Quote:In yet another sign of the growing dominance of the digital publishing market, the oldest English-language encyclopedia still in print is moving solely into the digital age.

The company said it will keep selling print editions until the current stock of around 4000 sets ran out.

The print edition became more difficult to maintain and wasn’t the best physical element to deliver the quality of our database and the quality of our editorial,” Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., told Reuters.

As to whether print editions of books will be viable products in the future, Cauz predicted, “print may not completely vanish from the market, but I think it is going to be increasingly less important. Many publications will never have a print analog and will only be printed on digital formats.”

Full article: http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/4...-only.html

Nice.... mmhh nice?
It seems all goes to digital now.

Although it seems this decision was made to save costs there's something that worries me:
if I wanted to keep people ignorant, going digital seems the easy way; just shut down the servers where digital media is stored and that's it. Or send a delete command to all Kindle's and iPads and tablets, etc. and all your books will be gone.
Or make a law like ACT/PIPA/SOPA, etc. to make knowledge harder to find and get.

That's why I still believe there's nothing better than a paper printed book.




Wikipedia was declared more reliably than the Britannica.

Sounds like a little wacky conspiracy, in my opinion. It is the internet that provides an ease of access to all this information. People know about the internet, and they know about PIPA/SOPA/ACTA. If something like that does happen, world-wide riots would take place.

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14-03-2012, 10:31 PM
RE: Encyclopaedia Brittanica abandons print, goes digital only
I think this was inevitable. Good or bad, I don't really know but I'm sure one day we'll find out Undecided

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15-03-2012, 08:34 AM
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As long as data is not all stored in one place then the risk of it being "completely deleted" is not large. For instance if you own a kindle you'll find that if you are not in fact connected to a network, any books you downloaded are still on that kindle. If someone sent a "master delete" (assuming there is any such thing they have), if you're not connected, your data never goes bye bye. So it would be in a way entirely impossible to rid ALL data.

The other thing is that many data sources are redundant. If someone viciously decided they wanted to be a blackhat SOB and get rid of data, any good provider or security specialist will have one or two master backups somewhere, on another machine, in another location.

Let's pretend aliens sent down a massive EMP and went "BAZINGA" (yeah I said it). Data on hard drives would not necessarily be wiped out. However, it very well may destroy the internal components of a hard drive, but not necessarily erase the data itself on the disks, meaning if the drive could be repaired (the components) the data on a disk could be salvaged. So those drives would have to actually be destroyed, otherwise, the chance of data coming back is plausible. Difficult, very difficult. But plausible.

Other forms of data destruction would be the immediate destruction of core connections to essential internet links. At this point, however, the internet is so huge that those backbones are so numerous at this point that it would be very difficult to cut many places off on communication. There was a point in the 90s and even early 2000s when those connections were NOT as numerous and the core connections between major links were few. That is not the case anymore, and many providers are double sometimes even TRIPLE redundant on their links in case one goes down. So cyber terrorism and cutting people off on a massive scale would ALSO be very difficult.

So is keeping data digital bad? Well... I suppose you could do things to people to make it hard to get data, make it hard to save data and even back things up. But ultimately as long as you keep some form of data that can be backed up and that backed up copy is not capable of being wiped via EMP? There's hope for humanity.

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