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Wikipedia Enables Epub EBook Export Of Content

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

For Wikipedia lovers, the sites latest innovation should bring excitement. The giant online encyclopedic database has enabled ebook export to allow offline reading of its articles.

The new EPUB-only export feature appears so far only on the English version of the site. To use it, you start by collating your personal collection of Wikipedia articles and then generating an ebook of them. The ebook, in turn, can be downloaded to and read on your mobile device(s).

Start by clicking the “Create a book” link on Wikipedia’s left sidebar under the “print/export” drop down. Supported formats include PDF, EPUB, and OpenOffice. Watch a video of the feature in action here.

The tool was developed by brainbot technologies, the same company that created PediaPress, which lets you order a printed version of your custom book. Parent company Wikimedia calls PediaPress “the official print-on-demand partner of Wikipedia.”

“EPUB files can be used very easily in an offline environment,” Tomasz Finc, Director of Mobile at the Wikimedia Foundation, said in a statement. “They can be opened and distributed just like normal files. Plus, there are readers for almost every platform.”

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<em>Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like <a href=””>SFSignal</a>, <a href=””>Adventures In SF Publishing</a>, <a href=””>Grasping For The Wind</a> and To Be Read, he also hosts <a href=””>Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat</a> under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on <a href=”http://”>Twitter</a> and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at <a rel=”author” href=””>Connect With Bryan On Google+</a></em>

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