Print encyclopedias remain vitally important reference sources. A technology gap limits access to reliable, understandable information in many places in this country and elsewhere in the world.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 26, 2012
“Does World Book still publish its print encyclopedia every year?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions of World Book, and the answer is a resounding yes! As noted in the most recent edition of the American Library Association’s Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin “Encyclopedia Update”: “Today, the number of print encyclopedias that can be counted on to appear in a new edition every year has dwindled to just one -- World Book….” (Sept. 15, 2011)
“Print encyclopedias remain vitally important reference sources,” said Don Keller, president of World Book. “A technology gap limits access to reliable, understandable information in many places in this country and elsewhere in the world. Our annual edition helps to bridge that gap. Although World Book publishes a wide and growing selection of innovative digital resources, we also maintain our commitment to publishing reference and other educational materials in print for schools, libraries, and homes.”
In 2012, World Book commemorates its 95th year of publishing The World Book Encyclopedia, still the most popular general reference encyclopedia on the market. The World Book Encyclopedia presents information in an accessible, usable form that promotes learning, and is designed to meet the reference needs of students from elementary school through high school. Adult readers refreshing their knowledge of a subject or exploring a new one find World Book useful, too.
“While many among us are in thrall of the latest whiz-bang electronic information-retrieval technology, there is still a place in the reference pantheon for a staid but reliable general subject encyclopedia. World Book meets that definition with its variety of venerable facets,” wrote Michael F. Bemis in “Encyclopedia Reconsidered,” Library Journal, June 15, 2011. “Youth to young adults are the target demographic, but this should not be construed as dumbed down—it is simplified without being simpleminded.... Bottom Line…World Book’s eminent history and [its] features … make this a best bet ....”
The Spinescape® design for the 2012 edition of The World Book Encyclopedia—Swifter, Higher, Stronger—salutes the athletic activities that help keep people healthy and fit. Men and women take part in sports for personal enjoyment, for love of competition, and for physical conditioning. Played individually or in teams, sports help develop the speed, strength, and flexibility that people need to remain active throughout their lives.
“Just as athletes strive to do their personal best, the editors and staff of The World Book Encyclopedia work to help readers achieve their personal best in learning,” said Keller.
The new edition of The World Book Encyclopedia includes data from the 2010 United States census, which was released throughout 2011. More than 1,000 population figures in approximately 380 articles were updated with the results of the 2010 census. The populations for all U.S. states and cities were updated, along with statistics about the largest cities in each state. The map indexes (listing all counties, metropolitan areas, cities, towns, and other populated places) were revised with the 2010 figures. Also updated were figures for each state’s representatives in Congress and electoral votes, and population information for such ethnic groups as African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans.
In addition, The World Book Encyclopedia 2012 includes thousands of new, expanded, and revised articles. Among the new and expanded topics are articles on Beyoncé, carbon footprint, DNA fingerprinting, Facebook, hoarding, improvised explosive device (IED), text messaging, and zombie.
The foundation of World Book’s authority is its 4,000 expert contributors.
The 22-volume World Book Encyclopedia treats all fields of learning. It is organized to help readers quickly find the information they seek. Its alphabetical arrangement of articles and entry cross-references, carefully designed format, and comprehensive index help make the encyclopedia easy to use. More than 25,000 rich photographs and illustrations complement the text to deliver additional information and promote visual learning.
Ordering and A Special Offer
The World Book Encyclopedia 2012 is available at http://www.worldbook.com. School and library customers should contact their local World Book representative at 800-975-3250 (U.S.) or 800-837-5365 (Canada).
For a limited time, customers who purchase The World Book Encyclopedia 2012 will receive a complimentary edition of World Book’s Encyclopedia of People and Places. This six-volume set surveys the geography, economies, histories, and people of the nations of the world in a colorful, lavishly illustrated format.
About World Book
World Book, Inc. sets the standard in publishing accurate, current, and reliable reference and learning materials for children and adults. Based in Chicago, World Book is committed to creating educational products in print and digital forms that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence. This commitment has resulted in a wide range of products including the quintessential World Book Encyclopedia; the World Book Web, a comprehensive and authoritative online solution meeting the diverse information needs of students, educators, public library patrons, and families; and World Book Classroom, innovative and effective teaching resources to improve learning in libraries, classrooms, and at home.
In late 2011, World Book relaunched its public site, http://www.worldbook.com, which offers World Book’s full product line for institutional and home use, as well as a wealth of free educational content, learning activities, and media.
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Jennifer Parello, 312-819-6558, jennifer(dot)parello(at)worldbook(dot)com