According to Media Encoder, after two and a half centuries of being the repository of the sum of Western knowledge, the Encyclopedia Britannica will cease to be printed. From now on, to get the information that you so desperately need to complete your English essay, you’ll have to use this crazy thing called “the Internet.”
Maybe you’re thinking what I thought when I read this headline, “How did they hold off this long?”
But then, my next thought was,
“What if the Bible was forced to go digital?”
(To be honest, I don’t think I’ve opened a paper Bible in over eight months, and that sort of scares me.)
What if because of economics, politics, or whatever the Bible could no longer be printed?
Right now, such a move sounds absolutely impossible. Too many traditionalists, too many technophobes, would never let the Bible go out of print. And yet, there is this sense that paper, in general, is under attack.
Could the Bible ever become a digital only resource?
What would we lose in the transition from paper to pixels?
What would we gain?