Wikipedia Book Creator

By Deane Barker on September 5, 2010

Book creator: This is every bit as awesome as it sounds.  The finished book looks fantastic as a PDF.

With the book creator you can create a book containing wiki pages of your choice. You can export the book in different formats (for example PDF or ODF) or order a printed copy.

[…] If you are viewing a category page, you can add all the pages in that category at once.

I’ll keep this in my back pocket for the next few plane flights.

The unfortunately-named PediaPress (is it just me?) was where this technology originated, and they have a catalog of books that others have created.  Things like:

This is content curation in perhaps its purest form, but I still struggle with it.  Throwing together even somewhat related bits of content can be tricky because you sometimes need “glue” to put them together.  Transitions can be jarring, and you generally need some central narrative to provide structure.  I can’t see any way to do this, which seems a little limiting.

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  1. The other issue, in addition to the lack of transitions, is the variation in quality and depth of coverage within a broad subject. Some articles are accurate, well-written, and comprehensive, but many are not yet up to that standard.

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