It has been printed for 244 years straight. Encyclopaedia Brittanica is still a fantastic reference, the best there is. But the second you print one, it’s out of date. It’s very hard to compete with Wikipedia which is free an updated 24/7. But Brittanica was much higher quality, it’s articles are well vetted and written by many of the same people who have created or contributed in major ways to the subject being discussed. And this content will still be around, but up on the web and not in print. As sad as this is, another era coming to a close, it’s for the better.