Wikipedia:Wikipedia book creator status

This page provides information about Wikipedia:Books, why the in-house book generator was withdrawn, why template {{Wikipedia books}} is retained hidden in articles, and what alternatives exists to obtain collections of Wikipedia pages and individual Wikipedia pages.

BackgroundEdit

The Book namespace with a book creator accompanied with an offline rendering service was introduced in 2009 to generate free collections of Wikipedia articles as e-books. The Wikimedia Foundation turned off the offline rendering service on all Wikimedia wikis in October 2017. Simply put, the offline book generator was no longer maintainable — it frequently broke and had evolving security issues. (see below for alternatives)

Why are links to books hidden in articles?Edit

Main discussion: Wikipedia:Village pump:Suppress rendering of Template:Wikipedia books

The book creator link was removed from the sidebar but its user interface remains functional. As it is no longer is accompanied by a free book generator, its primary working feature directs users to order a printed copy of a Wikipedia book from PediaPress, a third-party company. Editors in the discussion about removing the book creator and suppressing book templates (Template:Wikipedia books - Template:Book bar - Template:Books-inline) valued the user experience of Wikipedia readers over the business prospects of third-party companies. The namespace and its transclusions are still retained in the hope that the WMF will come up with a solution. As a result of anticipated future solutions, template transclusions should not be removed from articles unless it's in a section by its self.

What alternatives are there?Edit

You can still create and edit a book design using the book creator and upload it to an external rendering service:

  • MediaWiki2LaTeX provides a softcopy PDF service. Uniquely, it remains under active support and may be used online or installed locally. Be aware the computational resources of the server are limited. (Free service)
  • Pedia Press offer final tidying and ordering of print-on-demand bound copies in (approximately) A5 format. (Pay service)
Or
  • For help with downloading a single Wikipedia page as a PDF, see Help:Download as PDF. (Free service)
  • The Wiki-as-Ebook project provides encyclopedias for E-Book-readers created from a large set of Wikipedia articles. (Pay service)

See alsoEdit