Last Monday, literary agent Jane Dystel, wrote a blog post about the fact that there would be no more physical copies of The Encyclopedia Britannica. I don’t like it one bit. 😦  I knew it would happen eventually. Doesn’t mean I have to like it though.

Even though the Internet offers a great deal of everything, I will always love a physical copy of a book–any book! I love to conduct research when I write a new story. There is always something new to learn. I love grabbing a book from a shelf–mine or the library’s– and devouring the information.

And what’s more, I like to know where the “accurate” information is coming from. I ordered a reference book online, and it’s author was not reliable, to say the least.

So, I’m left to wonder who will be the gatekeepers of accurate reference material via the Internet?

I will still seek physical copies of reference books, no matter where I have to find them; like this guy:


  1. Agreed.I've kept my set of old Brittanicas intact, and will be holding onto them for dear life.Although I love the internet, give me facts that have been researched and verified.And I love the big ol' books. What can I say? 🙂

  2. So sad! We had an encyclopedia my mom got from the grocery store – one book each time she went. It was my main source of information for school reports! My kids barely know what a library is!

  3. Charles,I still have my World Book Encyclopedias. They are outdated, but so many things are the same. Raine,Nothing to add. I agree completely! ;)Robin,Don't get me started on brick and mortar libraries. We need to keep them!

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