[WikiEN-l] French encyclopedia edition cancelled due to lack of interest

Mathias Schindler mathias.schindler at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 07:23:24 UTC 2008

On Feb 20, 2008 2:43 AM, Keith Old <keithold at gmail.com> wrote:

> "The brave new world of instant enlightenment at the touch of a computer key
> has claimed a heavyweight victim. The 2008 edition of Quid, France's
> favourite encyclopaedia, has been cancelled by its publisher for lack of
> interest. The annual sales of the 2,000-page tome, which reached more than
> 400,000 in the mid-1990s, collapsed to just over 100,000 last year. "

If a one-volume book of the price mentioned does not cover the costs,
their problem is not wikipedia but extravagance. There have been
successful projects of similiar size before with a much lower


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