Wikipedia offers users a service to order individually printed books based on collections created with the Book Tool. The service is offered in cooperation with PediaPress which is the official print on demand partner of the Wikimedia Foundation.
How to order a printed versionEdit
|WARNING: There is no Book rendering service any more. A new one is being developed. For the latest information, see here.|
|You can create and edit a book design using the Book Creator, and upload it to Pedia Press for final tidying and ordering of print-on-demand bound copies in (approximately) A5 format.
Pedia Press are also developing the replacement eBook (softcopy) builder for Wikipedia. Softcopies may also be built using the independent open source tool, MediaWiki2LaTeX, which may be used online or installed locally.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.|
|1) Click on "Preview with PediaPress"||2) Book gets loaded by PediaPress||3) Setup cover, choose country, get price|
|4) View preview||5) Add to cart||6) Enter shipping and billing information|
First create your personal collections of articles as described on the Book-Tool help page.
Then simply click on "Preview with PediaPress" on the 'Show book' page. This uploads your book to the PediaPress website. After choosing the destination country, an approximate number of pages and the price are shown. Title, subtitle and editor can be set or changed here. Further users can customize the cover by selecting an image from within the book to appear on the front of the book, as well as setting a background color.
There is a preview which shows what your selected articles (only the first N pages) will look like in a printed book. (Note: The typesetting and layout of printed books differs from downloadable PDFs, since the page size is half letter, not letter and it includes additional features like an index, references as footnotes, etc.)
At this point, your book can be ordered by adding it to the cart and checking out. Available payment methods are MasterCard, Visa and PayPal. Softcover books are printed within 2–3 business days, hardcover or color books are printed within 15 business days, and shipping takes another 2–20 days.
How are books manufactured?Edit
PediaPress uses the TeX typesetting system to generate a digital prepress repro. Books produced by this technique look just like conventional paperback books.
- Table of contents
- The selected articles
- Licensing information
- Paper size: 8.5 inch × 5.5 inch (216 mm x 140 mm)
- Images are printed using the highest available resolution
- Books can contain 50 to 800 pages, larger collections are automatically evenly split up into multiple volumes
There is an example book (PDF), which shows how printed books are typeset.
How much do printed books cost?Edit
Pricing for printed books is calculated when you order from the PediaPress web site. The price depends on the number of included pages, binding format and whether you want colour or black-and-white. Shipping costs depend on the destination country. To get a detailed quote, simply upload your book to PediaPress and select your country and currency.
The Wikimedia Foundation receives 10% of the gross total for each book sold.
Which shipping options are available?Edit
For the US and most European destinations express shipping options are available. For most other countries in the world a standard shipping option is the default. Delivery time varies from 2 to 20 business days depending on the destination.
What is PediaPress?Edit
PediaPress is an online service which offers customized printed books from wiki content. The web-to-print service works on any MediaWiki which has deployed the open source Collection Extension. The company actively supports the MediaWiki community and established a long-term partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation . The company was founded in 2007 and is located in Mainz, Germany. For more information see .