Some 30 years ago a woman turned up at the door in the hope of selling me a set of encyclopedias.
She tried to tell me they would be an investment.
It was right in the depths of the ag-sag where we had a very strict definition of necessities and nothing spare for luxuries, investment or not.
Move forward three decades and the annual Rotary bookarama shows me the investment would have been a poor one. Each year encyclopedias are donated by the dozen, a few might sell to be used as doorstops, for decoration or to be cut up for school projects but most get passed on to the recyclers.
The internet has superseded them. It does the same job much better. On-line resources can be updated so much faster and more easily than the tomes they’ve replaced.
It also helps you out with suggestions should you have misspelt what you’re looking for.
Not all sites are reliable but the internet also gives you the ability to cross-check references easily and quickly.
This evening I was staring at my notice board for inspiration, noticed the drawing pins, wondered who invented them and in a couple of clicks had the answer.
Tonight I’m grateful for Wikipedia and other on-line encyclopedias.