I was saddened to read this, indicating printed encyclopedias are no longer of value. It seems like yesterday that my dad proudly brought home a complete set of World Book Encyclopedia. It was not inexpensive and was a burden but he considered it important. Each year we would receive an update volume which spoke to the changes in the world.
Through my youth I used these books for the preparation of many school papers and in my family it was a common occurrence to hear someone say, “well, look it up”. And we did. Dad was proud that we had these books and I think they were finally discarded in one of our family moves.
Now we just ask the Internet.