After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica stops printing. It is yet another unfortunate victim of the high-speed information age. You can read this story posted on March 13, 2012 on Media Decoder, New York Times.
My mom used to be a distributor. She would go school-to-school selling them. I was an early elementary student at the time. It was great getting to test out the products.
Our local library has a subscription to World Book. You can check it out here.