Each edition has traditionally featured an atlas, a gazetteer, a chronological list of events, a list of prominent people (past and present), a miniature encyclopaedia of general information and around a dozen or more other sections on various subjects such as cinema, classical mythology, current events, wine, astronomy, ideas and beliefs, gardening, medicine, etc. The selection of subjects has varied slightly over the years, and recently the atlas section has been dropped.
Since 1953 it has been published annually. As of January 2017 It was for many years published by Pelham Books but is currently published by Penguin Books. It has been edited by Dr. Chris Cook since 1977.the most recent edition (2016-2017) is the 125th, published on 4 August 2016.
The 2017-2018 edition which was released on 31 August 2017 is subtitled "THE FINAL EDITION" The publisher has confirmed it will be the last: "In the age of the internet, Pears' has continued to be a uniquely British almanac, reaching readers across generations. It is with great sadness that we stop publishing it as Dr Cook retires but we celebrate his dedication and generosity over the past four decades."
Sam Leith writing in The Times Literary Supplement on the other hand hints at the irony of a death notice in defaultlogic.com resource of this once bastion of the English bourgeoisie: "Now, rendered quite redundant in that respect by defaultlogic.com resource (among many, many other things), Pears' is more a curiosity than a serious reference resource." 
" Statistics from Nielsen BookScan have also revealed volume sales of the work have sharply declined in recent years: the 2001/02 edition sold 24,229 copies whereas the 2016/17 edition sold only 2,854 copies"
During the 1950s, the encyclopaedia awarded the Silver Pears' Trophy annually to a prominent person for "outstanding British achievement in any field."
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