December 6, 1768, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, the first number, of a total of 100 planned, of the Encyclopaedia Britannica is put on sale

On this day (December 6), 1768, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, the first number, of a total of 100 expected, of the Encyclopaedia Britannica is put up for sale at the price of six pence in normal edition.
The Encyclopædia Britannica is an encyclopedia of general knowledge in the English language which is now published exclusively as an online encyclopedia.
The Britannica has been published in 15 editions, with multi-volume supplements to the third and fourth editions .
Throughout history, the Britannica has had two goals: to be an excellent reference book and provide educational material. In 1974, the 15th edition adopted a third goal: to systematize all human knowledge. The history of the Britannica can be divided into five eras, marked by changes in management or reorganization of the dictionary:
In the first era (1st–6th editions, 1768–1826), the Britannica was administered and published by its founders, Colin Macfarquhar and Andrew Bell, by Archibald Constable and others. Around this time, the Britannica grew from a three-volume set (first edition) compiled by a young editor, William Smellie , to a 20-volume set written by numerous authorities.
During the second era (7th to 9th editions, 1827–1901), the Britannica was managed by the Edinburgh publishing house A & C Black. Contributors often hailed from other countries and included the world's most respected authorities in their fields.
In the third era (editions X-XIV, 1901-1973), the Britannica was run by American entrepreneurs who introduced direct marketing and door-to-door sales. The American owners gradually simplified the articles, making them less academic for a mass market.
In the fourth era (1974-1994), the Britannica presented its 15th edition, which was reorganized into three parts: Micropædia, Macropædia and Propædia . Under Mortimer J. Adler, the Britannica sought not only to be a good reference work and educational tool, but to systematize all human knowledge.
In the fifth era (1994-present), digital versions were developed and released in optical media and online. The company will focus solely on online publishing and other educational tools.
As a curiosity to comment that, saccording to Kister, the production of the fifteenth edition (last printed) in 1974 required more than $32 million
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- Take
- what is this?
- I bought you this new publication
- the Encyclopaedia Britannica,?
-if
- why?
- because you're a brute
- me?
-if
- why do you say that?
- because the other day you told me that "light is faster than a banana thrown by a monkey"
- and isn't it?
- yes, that's true
- then?
- but it was a physics exam question
- and?
- that the answer was a mathematical calculation
- ok, but my answer is still true
- go read the Encyclopaedia Britannica, gross
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