New e-book export feature enabled on Wikipedia

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.
Using an e-book to read Wikipedia articles has a number of advantages. Although mobile online access is becoming more prevalent, it is still not available everywhere. Think about situations when you are commuting or in the outdoors. Now imagine you live in a country where logging onto the Internet is a luxury and accessing Wikipedia is a challenge. Clearly this feature will be an asset.
“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.”

Click the image above to watch an instructional video on the e-book feature
Click the image above to watch an instructional video on the e-book feature

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.
EPUB is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The EPUB export feature was developed by brainbot technologies, the company that created PediaPress and specializes in building tools for transforming the book industry.
“We wanted to make EPUB available for Wikipedia, because it became such a popular content distribution format” says Heiko Hees, CEO of PediaPress.
Try creating your own Wikipedia e-book and feel free to leave us feedback in the comments below or on-wiki.
Christoph Kepper, brainbot technologies

Archive notice: This is an archived post from blog.wikimedia.org, and as such was written under a different editorial standard than Diff.

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Cool! But … Hmmm … What about MOBI export feature?

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Hello,
Great feature and very useful!
I just have one problem on iPad: the fixed text size, this is a little bit small for me and I can’t change it. 😉
Ombre

Great…thanks guys

Yey, free media on the go, even offline.

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In case you have trouble watching the video on commons – you can also watch it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqYxaoqtgR8

Great !!!!!!!

Very nice and easy to use
Would be better to save books to your account o. Could view them on any device easier

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For Wikisource, there is an external tool, Wsexport, that already do it. https://toolserver.org/~tpt/wsexport/book.php

Really Great…
I loved it , great work ..

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I love this, but the implementation needs some more work. I have added a bunch of pages for a topic I want to read about, but now I’m stuck. If i want to make another book, I have to delete the one I have. I would like to be able to save the book I have or even be able to export the list of entries and be able to import it later if I want to modify how the chapters work or modify the entry list, etc. Other features I would like: the ability to add all links on… Read more »

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Hi Sardrak, If you’re logged in, you can (publicly) save your book. There will be a “Save and share your book” option below the “Download” panel. By default your book will be saved as a public page in the so-called user space. You can edit the book as a plaintext page as well, which makes it easier to make bulk changes. I agree that a feature to add all links on a page would be great. This doesn’t exist yet, as far as I know. In case you didn’t notice, there’s a little shortcut to add a page when you… Read more »

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You guys really made my day. I used to print several articles on papers stapled in different folders. It’s such a big relief that I can produce my own reference book now. Thank you very much for your open source service and endeavor.

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