All the Knowledge in the World: The History of the Encyclopedia

From a Wall Street Journal review by Joseph Epstein of the book by Simon Garfield titled “All the Knowledge in the World: The Extraordinary History of the Encyclopedia”:

In a YouTube video called “Teens React to Encyclopedias,” one kid comes up with the definition of encyclopedia as “the internet in books”; another says that “it was Google way back in the day. . . it was the worst of times.” Had they known more, these kids might have added that the internet has killed the encyclopedia, turning it into a historical but no longer active form, like verse drama or epic poetry.