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Wikipedia's Book Creator Tool: Create Your Own Wikipedia Book Of Articles
Build a Wikipedia Book
Many people might not realize that Wikipedia articles (also called pages) can be downloaded as PDF documents simply by clicking Download as PDF under the Print/export menu item on the left side of the page.
An even more powerful tool is Wikipedia's Book Creator, also launched from the Print/export menu item by clicking on Create a book. With this tool, you can build a wiki book containing any articles you wish, simply by clicking a green plus sign at the top of the article, thus assembling your wiki pages into your wiki book. When you are finished you can create an e-book in several formats, including epub, which can be read by many e-book readers.
All EPUB Formats Are Not The Same
Book Creator creates EPUB-formatted books in DRM-free (not locked up by Digital Rights Management) EPUB format, but individual e-readers (Nook, Kindle, etc) have their own special DRM-encoded EPUB format, which ensures that e-books bought from Amazon, for example, can't be read on Nooks-- only Kindles. Nook, by Barnes and Noble, reads its own DRM-encoded e-books, but also reads DRM-free EPUB books, as does Aldiko (an Android e-reader), among others. Amazon's Kindle, without some kind of third party conversion, does not read DRM-free e-books. Check online to see if your e-reader supports DRM-free EPUB books.
Gather Articles and Create a Book in One of Four Formats
Wikipedia has a vast store of growing information that is an excellent starting point for researching a subject, brushing up on interesting bits of knowledge, finding images and, generally, getting a nice overview of an item of interest. It is also a great source for search words and phrases, but you can soon find yourself deep down in a trail of links from where you started, or find yourself with many open tabs or browsers as you chase back and forth between links. What if you have to turn your computer off? What if you'd just like to gather a bunch of articles together and read them later?
There are many reasons you might like to create a wiki book about a subject containing many articles chosen and, optionally, organized into chapters by yourself. And it's nearly as simple as clicking a green plus sign at the top of each article to add it to your book.
Before going any further, here are the file formats that can be rendered and download to your PC:
e-book (PDF format)
e-book (DRM-free EPUB format)
word processor (ODF-- OpenDocument Format for Open Office, Libre Office, etc.)
I've created EPUB e-books and read them on my Android via Barnes and Noble's Nook app as well as the Aldiko e-reader app and they seem fine, although the images do get cut off. The word processor file is... not that pretty, but all the text is there and, of course, it's editable (but always remember, plagiarism is never acceptable-- you will... be hunted down... and exposed... for the low-life scum you are).
By far the most impressive format is the PDF e-book on a computer. The layout, the images, are all first class and eminently readable.
Book Creator Capabilities
Here are some of the Book Creator's capabilities:
Add articles (pages) by simply clicking the green plus sign at the top of the article.
Add a linked article simply by hovering over the link and clicking the green plus sign.
Add whole categories (all articles in a category) by clicking the green plus sign at the top of the category page.
Supply an optional book title and an optional subtitle.
Create named chapters.
Organize articles within the book via drag and drop.
Sort articles alphabetically.
Order a printed book from PediaPress.
Depending on size, b/w vs color, soft vs hard, the price ranges from about $9 to about $36+.
By clicking on Suggest Pages, you get suggestions for additional articles based on the pages (articles) in your book.
Regardless of book format, all the text and images in the original web pages are included, as are external links and references. In addition, article sources and contributors are listed, as well as image sources, licenses and contributors.
A Simple Example of Creating and Downloading a Wiki Book