New Britannica Online Academic Edition on September 20

September 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

Britannica will premiere it’s new online academic edition on September 20th.  The improvements have been in testing mode since April, and after receiving rave reviews, are ready to launch.  Starting on Monday, September 20 , when subscribers access, you will be sent directly to the new Britannica Online. Among the improvements are: Powerful search […]

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Britannica’s Overhaul

April 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Original article in Boston Globe.  By Hiawatha Bray Boston Globe Staff / March 31, 2009 Enter Britannica For 241 years, it’s been the gold standard of reference books, a premium-priced digest of the world’s accumulated knowledge. Now it’s being overwhelmed by an eight-year-old online upstart authored by amateurs and available at no charge. How can […]

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Britannica’s Widgets

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

A really neat feature from Encyclopaedia Britannica – Content Widgets .  I’m a big fan of widgets, particularly ones with nice visuals.  They draw the users attention and can lead them to authoritative reference content.  Here’s the official info from Britannica: Check Out Britannica’s New Widget Feature! Britannica Widgets are here, and with them you […]

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A Visit to Encyclopaedia Britannica

August 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Monday, August 11th I stopped by the Encyclopaedia Britannica offices on LaSalle street in Chicago.  I visited Michael Ross, Senior VP of Corporate Development.  Michael gave me a nice tour of the Britannica headquarters and I took some photos to share with everyone.  You’ll see some remarkable similarities between an international publisher and a library. They have […]

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Britannica Opens Site for Free Access to Web Publishers, Linking

May 1st, 2008 · Comments Off

Britannica Opens Site for Free Access to Web Publishers, Linking CHICAGO, April 29, 2008 Bloggers, webmasters, online journalists and anyone else who publishes regularly on the Internet can now get free subscriptions to Britannica Online ( Anyone interested in participating in Britannica’s new WebShare initiative can apply for a free subscription at or get […]

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