Once there was a time when encyclopedias were only published as books. If you haven’t had the chance to get your hands on one, you might have seen volumes and volumes of an edition in your library. With passing times, there are digital editions on CDs and DVDs of different encyclopedias, and online editions on their respective websites, the most famous of which is Wikipedia. This change in publishing technology has led to a positive impact on readers. First, they don’t need so much space to store those fat volumes, and second, the price for each new edition has gone considerably down due to no use of paper. Moreover, lesser paper use also means its better for the environment. In the world on encyclopedias, Britannica has been one of the oldest and most famous of all. First published in 1771, it has come a long way since then, completely abolishing its paper version and replacing it with the digital one. Today, we have the official Windows 8 app for Encyclopedia Britannica that enables you to dive into its vast ocean of knowledge and enhance your understanding.
In order to get the app, go to Windows Store and search for “encyclopedia britannica”. One found, click its tile to go to Windows Store page.
Click Install button to directly download and install the app to your system.
The main interface of the app has a search bar, with the featured article of the current day under it. The app is horizontally scrollable and includes quite a few sub-sections of the app, including, This Day (articles related to the current date and month), Top Articles, A-Z Browse, and My Britannica. Click the heading of each section to view its details.
The article page allows you to read the complete article, and provides you with some much needed right-click options. You can Pin the article to your Start Screen, view all the images included in it, navigate through the table of contents, view the Link Map of the article, change the font size, add it to favorites and save it to your system.
The A-Z section lets you alphabetically browse through all the articles available in the database.
My Britannica at the far right side lets you quickly access the recently opened articles, favorites and saved articles.
The Link Map is a visual method to browse through the related topics of the article you are reading. Left clicking a picture opens the related links, while right clicking lets you view the select article.
The Encyclopedia Britannica app is free, however, just like their website, you need to obtain a subscription to access their complete database. It works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.