Wikipedia Book Creator now supporting epub format

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 18, 2012
Internet, Tutorials

You probably know that Wikipedia is making available a book creator tool on their site  that enables you to create custom ebooks using Wikipedia articles. Let me explain how this is done in case you have not heard about the possibility before. Visit Wikipedia and locate the print/export menu on the left sidebar. Expand the menu if it is not already and click on the create a book option that is displayed underneath it.

A click on start book creator on the new page activates the feature on Wikipedia. You can now add Wikipedia articles in two different ways to your book. The first option is displayed at the top of each Wikipedia page. Here you need to click on add this page to your book to add it to the book that you want to create. The second option becomes available when you hover the mouse cursor over a Wikipedia link. Wait a second to see the add linked wiki page to your book option pop up on the screen.

You can remove articles at any time either when you are on the article page, or when you load the book overview page with a click on show book. Here you see all pages that you have added to the book so far. Options are available to add chapters to the book and to sort the articles the way you want them to appear in the book.

download wikipedia ebook

One interesting feature that you may like is the option to get suggestions based on the selection. It takes several seconds before they are displayed on the screen, but when they are, you can add them to your book if you like.

Book downloads are available in various formats, including the new epub format that is currently only available for the English Wikipedia. When you select a download link you are redirected to the rendering page where the selected pages are fetched and the ebook is generated. You can read more about the new feature on the Wikimedia blog.


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  1. benny said on November 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    they actually had epub export for awhile but then stopped. good to see it’s back.

  2. smaragdus said on October 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I have just tested the Wikipedia Book Creator and in works fine. I am pleased that the output format can be EPUB which is far superior than PDF. For me EPUB is the best e-book format, I prefer it to FB2 DJVU and especially over PDF, not to mention Microsoft LIT, Amazon and Mobipocket trash.

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