As a kid I wanted to read the encyclopedia - from A to Z. We couldn’t afford an encyclopedia though, so I had to make do with the dictionary .
So when Britannica, which had more or less skipped the CD era , went on the web I was an early customer . They struggled technically though, and by 2006 I dropped my subscription. After 2008 I mostly forgot about them.
It turns out they’re still around, supposedly making money  and still charging a $70 subscription for access to most articles (current news topics are often free). That’s a bit steep, especially since a link from our kids school gives me full access to the “High School” version.  (Alas, my ancient Britannica Dashboard widget  can’t be configured to use that URL.)
On the other hand, the iOS app subscription is only $15/year, and all devices for the purchaser’s Apple ID can use the subscription. On my kid’s parental controlled iPhones the entire content is accessible without authentication needed .
So I signed up . For now I’m an EB subscriber/user again; hope they last a few more years.
- Winona and why I ended our Britannica subscription 10/2006
- Encyclopedia Britannica Dashboard widget and firefox search plugin 8/2005. Still works.
- Encyclopaedia Britannica - Google integration 6/2007 I think this ended.
- Britannica Online’s suicidal site redesign 12/2008. That was a bad move.
- Britannica finally goes social 6/2008. They shut the main blog a few months ago, but their ‘on this day’ feed still operates.
- fn -
 According to a 2005 post of mine, I used to prefer 1990s Britannica’s manually maintained index of web sites to Yahoo’s. This was back in the Alta Vista era. I know I was a paying customer from at least 2001-2006 - at about $70 a year.
 Much later I bought a complete set of the 1911 Edition. That is very cool browsing.
 Mavericks lets me assign multiple desktops to my secondary vertical display, so that’s where my Dashboard sits. When I want to park a doc in that display I swipe Dashboard away.
 I wonder if the school is supposed to post that redirect publicly. I don’t want to get them in trouble, so you’ll have to explore on your own. I can’t see any difference between High School version and public version.
 Auto-renews. Note you can manage these subscriptions from your iPhone - go Settings - Store and then Apple ID and tap around.
 Given the amount of broken stuff on their web site that can’t be a ton of money.
 I found some links that would take me to the web; those opened in Safari and were blocked. So no obvious backdoor.