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Wikipedia... In Book Form?

Yeah, I didn't believe it until I saw it either. But the vastly popular online encyclopedia, created by Jimmy Wales, has been in talks with PediaPress, a book publisher, for quite some time on this matter. Mashable offers the demo above, as well as some quick (and accurate) facts on Wikipedia going paperback:

The price of each book varies, depending on the number of pages; paperbacks start at $8.90. Users can also simply download a PDF of the "books" they create.

And it's all true — and quite easy, at that. Say you wanted to know more about your home country (mine happens to be Ghana), but you'd rather read about the country somewhere away from a computer screen. All you do is go to the "create a book" button in the print/export section of the left hand sidebar. And presto — a custom book on the Gold Coast is yours for the taking.

PediaPress Managing Director Heiko Hees released this statement in reference to the throwback approach:

"When I came up with the idea, my colleagues told me my shower was probably too hot ... But I was tired of reading on the screen. I believe that in this hectic age people cherish their offline moments more and more. You wish you could access the most extensive and up-to-date knowledge in offline moments — on the train, at the seafront, in your bed."

What do you think of Wikipedia's move? With e-books on the rise, is this a wise move for a company that does a majority of its business online?



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