Do You Still Have An Encyclopedia?

Venezuela
January 5, 2010 5:13am CST
I remember when my father brought home our first set of encyclopedia. He was carrying 2 boxes of hard bound Funk & Wagnalls with gold colored side pages. I was fascinated at how everything I want to know seems to be contained in all those 26 books. While my friends went to library, I just stayed at home and did all my research there. Now, they just sit on the shelf gathering dust. The internet made them obsolete. I haven't opened any of them for the last 10 years. Do you still have one in your home?
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@PastorP (1174)
• United States
5 Jan 10
Greetings nocturn98 , Yes, I still have encyclopedias. One cannot always trust what they read on the Internet. Also, I have some old encyclopedias. They have information at times that you don't find anywhere else. Also, the older ones give you a sense of what a city, town, or country was like a the time it was written.
• United States
5 Jan 10
Yes we do, they in boxes in the GARAGE.LOL
• Mexico
5 Jan 10
Hi ziyadahinc: for me that's sad, i have to say, because even if I don't use them nor read them because they are a waste of time now that we have the internet tools they make part of my past. Well actually i think that when we need a little more space in the house we'll have to give them to someone else or they simply will be trash. Thanks for your answer siyadahinc. Hope you are having a nice day. Happy New Year and Keep Mylotting. Take Care. -Alvaro.
@Canteen (595)
• China
5 Jan 10
no, in fact i've never had an encyclopedia. :) when i was a child, my dad couldn't afford to buy one. and now, seems no need to buy one. i think my boyfriend will say this to me, "why do you waste money to buy an encyclopedia which you can read it on internet totally free?"
• Venezuela
6 Jan 10
I guess no one will buy a new one nowadays when everything fits on a CD. But still there are salesmen going in our office trying to give me some sales talk on buying their atlas.
@allen0187 (28146)
• Philippines
6 Jan 10
hi nocturn98! still have a couple of encyclopedia sets sitting in my shelf. been keeping these clean for my daughter. i know these are obsolete and everythign we want to know or need to know, we can wiki it or surf the web for reference sites. i actually kept these for my daughter since i want her to develop a good habit of reading. hard to do that with just the internet. too many distractiosn in my opinion. i remember when i got the encyclopedia set, i can sit and just read each volume not minding the countless hours that go by. i hope to inculcate the same reading habit to my daughter. seems to be workign so far as she is reading a lot. she is also showing a lot of interest in coloring books so i guess that can only mena good things. cheers!!!
6 Jan 10
Having encyclopedias is recommended for most houses containing people who want to learn. These things are authorized so its contents are worth trusting. We have lots of those in my house and they are seldom used due to the presence of the internet. Even though people at home are fully dependent on the computer, the encyclopedias still have my trust because in the internet, anyone can put information they want so I don't think all the information there are worthy for my mind.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
6 Jan 10
I do have a set also. But its an old one. During my time I did open it from time to time to learn things. When I graduated, it gathered dust most especially now that there is the internet. However, my 6 year old son is opening it from time to time. He likes to look at different pictures and read some things. Well, at least now it is still useful despite the advance in technology.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
6 Jan 10
I still have an old set of encyclopedias. I remember back when my Aunt bought them. She never was able to take them when she moved. So we offered to give them back but she didn't want them. Now they are just collecting dust on the shelf. The invention of the internet really did make them unnecessary.
@buping (954)
• China
6 Jan 10
hi there, i have worked for two years, and i do not have an encyclopedia, i once had one that it gave by my father as a birthday gift. i was so good, i loved it so much. and it cost much at that time. i also showed it off to my friends. lol. and i did not lend to my friends first days. i do not remember that when i lost my encyclopedia, maybe when i am in high school, i only come home once in a month. my mom maybe gave it to my cousins.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
6 Jan 10
To be honest, I never had an encyclopedia at home, but I would go to the library to use them when I had papers to write. Do kids still have to look in things like books, magazines, and encyclopedias to do their term papers, or is it all done online? It's too bad your set is just collecting dust. It might be interesting to go back and read them to see how much of the info is out of date.
• United States
6 Jan 10
I still have some in my house. I haven't used them in a long time but sometimes I do look in them. But the internet is usually the best (quickest, most convenient, easiest) way to do research.
@svrider88 (115)
• United States
6 Jan 10
no,after i got the internet those were sold. Its so much easier to check on the internet!But, on the internet i double or triple check my info.
@bounce58 (17527)
• Canada
6 Jan 10
We don't own a set now. But we had one when I was growing up. I think it is still even there at my parent's house. It's the Collier's Encyclopedia, and I think there were like 24 books. My brother and I used the books as toys when we were young. We would build bunks out of them and we would wage imaginary wars against each other.
@rimarima (80)
• Philippines
6 Jan 10
We still have encyclopedia set. Actually I recently bought a new set that comes with a kid-reading set and a logico primo set for free. My daughter is still very young so I want her to engage in books. She knows how to use the computer but only for games and entertainment for now. At least the books will not strain her eyes, does not emit radiation and helps her to be appreciate reading more.
@ishprash (47)
• India
6 Jan 10
in the time of soft world,,hard copy of encyclopedia is in its place and soft copy is in computer and mobile phone which is more convenient than hard ones..taking care is not needed so it's great...but i accept that there may be many merits of using hard copies...
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
6 Jan 10
I had encyclopedias at my previous home, and I admit that even if internet has all the information I need sometimes I would take a look at the encyclopedias too. I felt a little nostalgic by reading them.
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 10
I have one Encyclopedia and that's it! It's gathering dust at the top of my book shelf! Chances are it's way out of date now and I don't rely on this for my information anymore! I much prefer to read about things on the Internet, this is definitely the way to go! I love books however and I am a book worm but only in so far as I love reading fiction! Andrew
• Mexico
5 Jan 10
Hi nocturne: It's funny what you have written because in my house it was my mom the one that love to buy Encyclopedias for us and when i was a kid i love them for the same reasons. For me these Encyclopedias had all the human knowledge XD Lol. and I love to watch their pictures. Now they are obsolet but I have a collection of some Encyclopedias of Math, Geography, Litterature, History, Biology, etc. in the library of my hose. Thanks for starting this interesting discussion. Hope you are having a nice day. Happy new Year and Keep Mylotting. Take Care. -Alvaro.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I still have some buried somewhere in the nexus of insanity that is my storage room. Have not had a call to use the actual hardback encyclopedia in several years. I mostly use the Internet. An encyclopedia also came free with the computer, so I load that up if I need to look up anything.
@coldmoon (1092)
• France
5 Jan 10
I have an encyclopedia that I inherited from my parents. But I rarely use it, it's more comfortable and faster to check on wiki.
@Genericbe (1379)
• Philippines
5 Jan 10
Yes, I still have an encyclopedia all set volumes. I just used it for few times only. I see it educational but a boring in a way that some words are more harder to understand. Much needed with dictionary. Some research sources can be found there but not all in general topics.