I was interested (and more than a little pleased) to read, in an interview with Jimmy Wales in The Daily Telegraph, that Wikipedia’s co-founder as a child “read constantly, and particularly loved World Book encyclopedias”. His copy may even still be stored in a shed somewhere, depending on whether his father or mother is right about their fate.
The World Book Encyclopedia is still a welcome presence in several Westminster libraries, often to be found in the children’s library. It has clear text and great pictures, and I always mention it to anyone (young or old) getting started on a new piece of research.
I love the Exclusives – the online reference resources paid for by Westminster Libraries and free for members to use – but I also love Wikipedia. I hope Wales is right, and that it will help to topple a few tyrants. (Read the full interview.)