Whether you prefer reading on your computer, eBook Reader, or on paper, sometimes it can be nice to have your research together in a PDF or eBooks format. Here’s how to turn Wikipedia articles into a PDF or eBooks for offline reading. You can use it to collate your personal collection of Wikipedia articles and generate free eBooks. These can be read on a broad range of devices, like mobile phones, tablets and e-ink based e-book readers.
Imagine you live in a country where logging onto the Internet is a luxury and accessing Wikipedia is a challenge. Clearly this feature will be an asset.
To create your personal e-book you have to activate the ‘Create a book’ link located in the left sidebar of Wikipedia in the ‘print/export’ section. Once activated, you can compile articles or complete categories into a personal collection and export them. Collections can be exported in a variety of formats like PDF, EPUB, or OpenOffice.
OK let me explain it Step by step:
- First of all you have to Activate the Book creator service in Wikipedia. Just click on Start book creator.
- Then just open the article that you want to download as a eBook or PDF format. Now you can see the Book creator box at the begining on the article. Now just click on Add this page to your book. If you want to add more book than just open other article and click Add this page to your book again. When you are done, click on Show book.
- After you click Show books you will be taken to the page shown in the Image below. Give the Title to your book, check if you want to give any information and Choose the Format you want to download as. You can choose PDF format, Open-document, OpenZIM and EPUB. To make a eBook just choose EPUB.
- Click on download. After the Rendering is finished you can download your file by clicking on Download the file.
You can see the example below that I downloaded as a PDF file. To read a eBook you need to download the eBook reader. Or you can open it in Microsoft Word, even you can load your eBook onto a compatible device such as the Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo reader, Sony reader, or iPod touch.