I ordered Britannica Noet on the original pre-pub over a year ago, and experienced the disastrous initial release when it was discovered that it was Comptons Encyclopedia, not Britannica. Faithlife had to step up and either refund or offer this current replacement "Britannica" version at no additional charge when it was completed. I decided to wait, realizing that based upon the number of projected articles, it was going to be an abridged version. I assumed incorrectly that the articles selected would be in depth/intact. Unfortunately, it is as Mr. Francis describes. Given the initial mistake, and an entire year, I did not expect primarily the summary half of the encyclopedia. I own the 15th edition and yearbooks, and the Noet version is a far cry from the complete set. It appears the large majority of articles are taken (almost verbatim) from the Micropedia (Ready Reference) summary section of the encyclopedia. The remaining selected portions from the Macropedia (Knowledge in Depth) have been edited, some severely. For example, the entry for Jesus Christ is much shorter than in my set, missing entire sections, including the detailed outline and all of the extensive bibliographic and source references. At my initial pre-pub sale price of $100, it is worth having due to the Logos links. However, at the current price, I would suggest a much less expensive subscription directly from Britannica. Simply import the material that one needs. Clearly, this version is NOT equivalent or a replacement for a recent print copy or the on-line version from the publisher. Britannica's power and distinction is largely derived from the Macropedia material. The Noet version is a disappointment, albeit better than nothing.
- Thanks for your review, Roger. Your assessment is generally correct on the balance of articles between the Micro- and Macro-pædia. The EBNE includes 579 articles that are > 1,200 words in length (i.e., from the "Macropædia"). Interested users can find Ben Amundgaard's explanation along with a spreadsheet of the more in-depth articles that they were able to include here: https://community.logos.com/forums/p/117689/850079.aspx#850079 Just one possible correction: It appears that the article on "Jesus Christ" is indeed the same article as the one on EB's official website. It is 21,240 words (according to the above spreadsheet) and includes the same detailed, hierarchical, collaspable/expandable outline or "table of contents". (This can be toggled on and off several ways in Logos, including via the respective keyboard shortcuts "Ctrl + C" and "Ctrl + Shift + C".) You're correct, however, that the EB website provides some additional (perhaps web-exclusive) information-content, such as "MORE ABOUT Jesus", "ADDITIONAL READING", "EXTERNAL LINKS", "ARTICLE CONTRIBUTORS", and "ARTICLE HISTORY". The articles themselves, however, should all be unabridged. Interestingly, the three longest articles in EBNE are on Judaism (86,849 words), Christianity (126,493 words), and "biblical literature" (144,128 words). Here are links to both editions of the article on "Jesus Christ": https://ref.ly/logosres/ncybrtnncntdtn;hw=Jesus_Christ https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jesus
- Just one other note: I should have mentioned that the discrepancy in that one particular article is likely between the 15th edition (which you own) and the current web edition, which is the source for Faithlife's EBNE. I've read that Britannica has rearranged and modified articles over time, so the web edition is probably a better standard of comparison for the Noet Edition.
- Correction: Make that 578 articles. Off by one!