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Wikipedia is offering an interesting feature: compile articles into books, and get it printed by “PediaPress.” Alternatively you can get the book as a downloadable PDF or OpenDocument. Rad! I can imagine some pretty awesome/hilarious collections; what book would you make?

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern is director of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site:

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  1. eggspanther on said:

    with respect to the authors and contributors, I have been printing wikis for a while. A hard copy is much handier sometimes. A5 travels well, A4 allows for notes and doodling.
    On a mac, I’d open the printable version of the wiki and print to PDF. If there is a slew of related articles, I compile them all into one PDF, take that to the print shop, and choose a basic binding, colour-coded to the project or theme.
    My POD library includes: Ancient History; Australiana; Art History; other references, and few TiddlyWikis.

  2. Buy real books instead. Only problem is, for two authors, there will be two different opinions. You don’t get the “sole truth” as you do with Wikipedia.

  3. I’d make a book about poverty and I’d spread it to my friends

  4. gyziger on said:

    With enough time and effort someone could compile all the math Wiki’s and make a handy mathematical encyclopedia.

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