Not sure what to make of this idea or its $32 price tag.
The idea is to use Wikipedia to capture the zeitgeist by selecting the most popular entries, Beate Varnhorn, the editor in charge of Bertelsmann’s reference works, said in an interview by telephone. “We think of it as an encyclopedic yearbook,” Dr. Varnhorn said, leaving open the possibility of new editions if the 2008 version is successful.
A printed volume would seem to negate the benefits of an online encyclopedia. The Wikipedia Web site has hyperlinks that can take a user from topic to topic; with the print volume, a reader will be directed to different entries but will have to get to them by thumbing through the pages.
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