Originally Posted by sanders
And perhaps the "reference" kind has been obsoleted by the internet. Does anyone still turn to their paper encyclopedia instead of to Google/Wikipedia? Do you still buy paper encyclopedias?
For general information, no. For more specialised information, yes.
For example, the two "loves of my life" are English literature and the classics (Latin and Greek). There's no on-line resource which is equivalent in depth or reliability to my trusty "Oxford Companion to English Literature" or "Oxford Classical Dictionary".