World Book, Inc. celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first edition of The World Book Encyclopedia
CHICAGO, IL, December 6, 2016
Today World Book, Inc. announced the launch of its 2017 edition of The World Book Encyclopedia, marking the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first edition: The World Book—Organized Knowledge in Story and Picture. Over the century, World Book has leveraged contemporary cutting-edge technology to provide wide access to the authoritative, trustworthy, and understandable content it is known for. The amount of illustration in the earliest editions was innovative at the time. In 1961, World Book published a 145-volume Braille edition of the encyclopedia. The 30-volume large-type edition was published two years later. World Book first became available in online form in 1998.
The flagship World Book Online is a collection of reference and educational websites for pre-kindergarten through adult readers. President Jim O’Rourke says, “Digital publishing permits levels of currency, utility, and accessibility that the founders truly would appreciate. They wanted to draw readers into the set and reward them with both an educational and enjoyable experience. The beauty, flexibility, and accuracy of the digital edition remains true to their goals.”
Determined to offer a product distinctive from the competition, the original publishers instituted an annually revised edition because it was easy for customers to know they were buying the most current edition, and it underscored the publishers’ commitment to offer the most up-to-date encyclopedia possible. World Book continues to produce a new annual print edition because of its proven value in a world of uneven Internet accessibility. This year’s edition highlights many notable developments, including:
- 2016 U.S. Election – Full coverage of the presidential race.
- 2016 Summer Olympics – Statistics about every medalist.
- Brexit - The United Kingdom’s shocking decision to leave the European Union.
- Zika – The international public health emergency.
- Muhammad Ali – The life and career of the boxing legend and cultural icon.
2017’s distinctive Spinescape® (a World Book book-design innovation) is a night-sky photo of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range taken by renowned photographer Wally Pacholka. The scene shows dawn overtaking night and symbolizes the enlightening impact of knowledge on confusion and ignorance. Along with the famed encyclopedia set and striking online publications, World Book publishes exceptional nonfiction books in print and digital form.
With its 2017 edition, World Book celebrates 100 years of service to readers everywhere, in classrooms, libraries, and homes, who strive to learn and to shine the light of knowledge on their world.
Contact: Erica Bruns at Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org