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WikiBooks: Pediapress Your Online Self-published Encyclopaedia In Hardcopy

August 17, 2010

In an interesting development, you can now collate your favourite articles from Wikipedia and have them printed as book.

Pediapress [From their about page]

Customized printed books from user selected wiki content is an online service that lets you create customized books from wiki content. Simply add any articles you like into a Collection, and then click to order them as a paperback book. Covers, a table of contents, a detailed index and a list of figures are generated automatically, and the books are printed and shipped within 2–3 business days.

The web-to-print service works on all MediaWikis that have installed the free Collection Extension.

PediaPress GmbH, the company

Apart from providing the online service, PediaPress GmbH is a software development company. We create open source software that advances the reuse of wiki content in alternative applications and media.

PediaPress actively supports the MediaWiki community. Therefore we have formed a long-term partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation which hosts the encyclopedia Wikipedia and various other free educational wikis.

PediaPress was founded in July 2007 as a spin-off from brainbot technologies AG and is located in Mainz, Germany.

Why books?

The strength of Wikipedia and other wikis is their availability for everybody, everyday and free of charge – on the Internet. But although internet access has become near-ubiquitous in the developed world, many still prefer reading books to reading on screen – especially for longer texts.

Another two-thirds of the world’s population has no access to the internet at all.

A large and growing community of volunteers creates an extensive and diverse body of freely available, up-to-date content. PediaPress let you to easily transform this content into offline formats like PDF, Open Document and printed books that can be distributed and shared in places without Internet access.

Various projects use wikis to collaboratively develop free educational content, work on highly specialized subjects, or in unpopular languages. Until now, the publishing industry has largely ignored those efforts, mainly due to lack of market volume. PediaPress reduces this form of economic censorship and thus supports the freedom of speech.

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    Wikipedia really has become a good place to search for almost anything you want to know in this world. It’s really a complete set and source of information.


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