- This Help page is about Wikipedia books created on Wikipedia.
|WARNING: There is no in-house Book rendering service any more. A new one is being developed. For the latest information, see here.|
|You can still create and edit a book design using the Book Creator, and upload it to an external rendering service. Pedia Press offer final tidying and ordering of print-on-demand bound copies in (approximately) A5 format. PDF softcopies may also be built using the independent open source tool, MediaWiki2LaTeX, which may be used online or installed locally.
Pedia Press are also developing the replacement PDF softcopy builder for Wikipedia.For help with downloading a single Wikipedia page as a PDF, see Help:Download as PDF.
|Some information in this page may relate to an earlier version, which has now been decommissioned.|
Tips for creating great books
This page shows you how to create a book from Wikipedia articles in four easy steps. Books can be created in PDF or OpenDocument formats, or ordered for printing on the PediaPress website. It is possible to create books through editing as well.
Step 1: Enable the "Book Creator" tool
If you have hidden the book creator then see Help:Books/for experts#Hide and unhide book creator.
Step 2: Collect articles
If you open a category page, the "Add this page to your book" will change to "Add this category to your book". Clicking on "Add this category to your book" will add all articles in that category.
After selecting a few articles, you can click on "Suggest pages" and you will be presented with a list of articles related to your selection. This helps you to create a more complete book if you run out of ideas, or just want to make sure you haven't forgotten anything.
Step 3: Review Your Book
Download or preview a printed book
Book downloads are not currently available. Printed copies may still be previewed.
Saving and sharing your book with others
To save your book, you must be a registered Wikipedia user (see Why create an account? for a detailed explanation).
You can save your book on the "Book" page, which can be reached by clicking the "Show book" link in the menu on the left hand side or in the toolbar. In the "Save and share your book" section you have to choose whether you want to save your book
The second option is only available if your user account is autoconfirmed (usually meaning at least four days old and 10 edits).
Finally, you have to provide a title for your book collection and click the "Save book" button.
Linking to a book
You can simply link to the book's Wikipedia page in the usual way.
You can also add a sidebox with a link to your book. There is no agreed guideline, but it is suggested that you add it at the top of the See also section:
Revising your book
If you visit a previously saved book, the banner at the top of the page includes an option to re-open the book in the "Book Creator".
Books you have worked on will be listed in your contributions list, which you can access through the "Contributions" link at the top right of every page whenever you are logged in.
Printed books from PediaPress
By clicking the "PediaPress" link, your collection of wiki articles will be uploaded to PediaPress, a service that prints books based on wiki content. Further information about printed books can be found on the FAQ page, and at the Printed books help page, including cost and format details.
- FAQ – help with the Book tool
- Feedback – for reporting and tracking of bugs
- Help for experts – details about the advanced functions of the Book tool
- Extension:Collection – how to organize personal selections of pages in a collection
- PediaPress – media on Wikimedia Commons
- Wikimedia/Wikipedia Merchandise – the Wikimedia/Wikipedia online "gift shop"
- WikiProject Wikislice – aims to help produce useful offline readers, wikibooks, and specialized pocket references
- Wikis Go Printable – Wikimedia Foundation press release, 13 December 2007