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Status last updated 19 August 2019.

Working with Wikipedia booksEdit

What is a Wikipedia book?Edit

A Wikipedia book is a collection of articles taken from Wikipedia and compiled into a book with a table of contents and a cover.

As time goes by and the articles get edited, the contents of any new copies will change to match.

Where can I find existing books?Edit

All books are listed in Category:Wikipedia books.

The bookshelf dialog also provides a dedicated search tool.

How do I obtain a copy of a book?Edit

When you visit the book's page you are offered the option to send it to PediaPress, where you can order print copies.

The external service MediaWiki2LaTeX also offers an independent pull service to create a PDF softcopy.

How do I create a new book?Edit

In short, use the Book Creator tool.

How do I update my book?Edit

In short, use the Book Creator tool.

How do I delete my book?Edit

  • If you saved your book in your userspace (e.g. User:USERNAME/Books/My book), you can simply request deletion by placing {{db-u1}} on top of the page.
  • If you saved your book in the book namespace (e.g. Book:Foobar), several options are possible.
    • If you created the book by mistake or as a test, place {{db-test}} at the top of the page
    • If you created a book, and no one else edited the book, place {{db-author}} at the top of the page
    • If someone else (other than bots) edited the page, then you need to follow the steps listed at Miscellany for Discussion (MFD). If you think the deletion would be non-controversial, you can follow the steps at Proposed Deletion (for books) (BPROD).

Printed booksEdit

How do I create a book for printing?Edit

You create the book in the same way as any other Wikibook, using the Book Creator.

How do I print it and how much will it cost?Edit

You click the Book Creator option to upload the book to PediaPress, where you can specify print options, find out how much your chosen option will cost, and order copies.

PDF e-booksEdit

E-books are available from the independent rendering service MediaWiki2LaTeX.

What happened to OpenDocument Text and openZIM export?Edit

These options are no longer available.

How do the books comply with license requirements?Edit

You will need to ask the rendering service how they comply.

Can I use the book tool with my MediaWiki installation?Edit

Yes, the book tool is based on the open source project mwlib. The MediaWiki component Collection extension works out of the box with most MediaWikis and the PediaPress service.

Known limitationsEdit

Skin supportEdit

The tool currently only works with the Monobook, Modern and Vector skins.

Limitation of the book sizeEdit

You will need to check this with your chosen external rendering service.

Please keep in mind, generation of large PDFs can take a long time and results in high server load. Dividing article collections into multiple books might be a solution.

Bugs and general feedbackEdit

Bugs, feature requests and questions are best reported at the Feedback page.