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May 6, 1998

EncyclopediaEncyclopedia Britannica CD 98 Britannica Online

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(17):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.279.17.1409-JBK0506-6-1

Encyclopedia Britannica (EB), without doubt the definitive general reference source in the English language, is purchased by many professionals for family or office use. The current edition of EB has grown to 32 volumes, requires several feet of shelf space, and costs a minimum of $1500. Surprisingly, the entire full-text encyclopedia is now available at a charge of less than $4 per volume—on CD-ROM!

Actually, more is available than the 44 million words of the bound volumes. At a time when some medical publishers are putting $50 books into CD-ROM format and selling them for $195, the Encyclopedia Britannica company has taken a successful $1500 product, improved it, and marketed it for $125. If you were thinking about buying the text version of any encyclopedia and don't have a computer, buy the CD-ROM version of EB; the computer will come free from the savings. If you are not yet a "computer person," one could not hope for an easier or more helpful introduction than this to the use of a computer.

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