Wikipedia is offering a new service allowing users to select articles from Wikipedia and have them printed as a book:
Step 1 – Creating the book from a collection of articles
The book collection menu, entitled “Create a book”, can be seen on the left hand side of the browser screen towards the bottom. It contains two links by default: “Add wiki page” and “Books help”. (See Fig 1).
By clicking on the “Add wiki page” link, the page currently being viewed is added to the collection. To add more pages you must navigate to the next desired page and click the “Add wiki page” link again. You can also add all pages in a category with one click. The number of pages in the book is shown in the menu on the left and is updated automatically.
If required, specific revisions (versions) of pages from their histories, can be specified in your book. See the experts page for details.
Step 2 – The book title
Once all the desired pages have been added, click the “Show book” button to review your book. Furthermore it is possible to add a book title and change the ordering of the wiki pages of the book (see details of how to do this in the Advanced functionality section).
Step 3 – Download or order a printed copy of your book
The finished book can be downloaded or ordered as a bound book. You can download the book, in PDF and OpenDocument format (viewable using OpenOffice.org software), by clicking the “Download” button (see Fig 3). To order the book as a bound book click the “Order book from PediaPress” button. Further information about printed books can be found in the FAQ.
(via Robot Wisdom)
This is one of the business models I suggested for newspapers.
March 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Many thanks! “As seen in Klintron’s Brain” is a phrase we will all be seeing more of in the future.