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Wikipedia Starts e-Book Export Capability

     
8:37 am on Sep 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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We’re happy to announce that a new EPUB export feature has been enabled on English Wikipedia. You can use it to collate your personal collection of Wikipedia articles and generate free ebooks. These can be read on a broad range of devices, like mobile phones, tablets and e-ink based e-book readers.

“EPUB files can be used very easily in an offline environment” said Tomasz Finc, Director of Mobile at the Wikimedia Foundation. “They can be opened and distributed just like normal files. Plus, there are readers for almost every platform.”

To create your personal e-book you have to activate the ‘Create a book’ link located in the left sidebar of Wikipedia in the ‘print/export’ section. Once activated, you can compile articles or complete categories into a personal collection and export them. Collections can be exported in a variety of formats like PDF, EPUB, or OpenOffice. You can also order a printed book via PediaPress, the official print-on-demand partner of Wikipedia.

Wikipedia Starts e-Book Export Capability [blog.wikimedia.org]
11:08 am on Sept 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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interesting.

this could be a great way to save information. with no unplanned editing of your produced-and-saved ebook.


also, I suppose these could be sold.
11:48 am on Sept 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Now available on ebay in various self help categories for just .99 each.

I do however like that you get a snapshot of an article at any given point in time, before someone comes and does a complete edit of the thing...
1:35 pm on Sept 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You have been able to generate PDF files like this for years.
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Already started using it, its pretty cool. Not bad.
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I think they're sailing closer to the wind, one thing to have content people have to go to, where that content now becomes portable, hmmm

I use wiki, enjoy it, but wonder whether its actually a good thing