WikiReaders are collections of articles from Wikimedia Foundation projects on a certain topic, in the form of PDFs published for download and intended to be printed, and also to be sold in printed form.
WikiReaders were started by German Wikipedian Thomas Karcher in late February 2004. He first came up with a 30-page collection of Wikipedia articles on Sweden. He also applied for an ISSN.
Guidelines for early WikiReaders
Following guidelines resulted from the discussion on German Wikipedia:
- in the intro there should be a paragraph explaining the online Wikipedia, license, openness and that the reader might work on the Wikipedia.
- all links should be formatted like normal text (no underline or color)
- weblinks should be left out where possible
- before creating the reader there should be a table of contents in Wikipedia to give editors a chance to extend the article. One or two weeks with announcements should be enough.
- the English (official) GNU FDL must be included in every WikiReader (small font). To include a copy in the WikiReaders language is optional (Sadly only the English one is official.)
- the sources must include the exact names of articles together with the date of last edit. No URLs needed, names only.
- all names of registered editors must be included. IPs shouldn't.
- there's a script for getting the list, ask User:TomK32 for it
- no other, unnecessary statistics
How to create a WikiReader
- OpenOffice.org is proving to be a wonderful tool, especially the PDF which is included since version 1.1 makes it perfect for creating WikiReaders. Basically it's nothing more than defining a good layout and copy'n'pasting the content from Wikipedia.
- Scribus is a real desktop publishing software with professional features and a fantastic PDF export function.
WikiReaders are meant to be printed; there are already two available at the Webshop at http://www.wikireader.de and more might be coming if the first ones are successful.
- German/Deutsch, there are seven finished, available for downloading free of charge, two of which are also sold in paper form. Several others are in different states of completion.
- English, there is one in development and several in planning.
- French, with several proposed Readers.
I would like to know how these wikireaders are gonna be printed, then distributed. In particular, where and to who essentially (school, meetings...). Will they be free ? Anthere
- I don't think they can be free without a government grant, large targeted personal donation or similar. They should be cheap, though. The shop is listing them at about $6 which seems very cheap to me (£3.33), but then the pound is strong at the moment. It presumably doesn't take into account large orders or postage and packing, either. If these documents get ISBN numbers I'll try to persuade my local library to buy copies. MrJones 09:59, 4 Jun 2004 (UTC)
- Well, in principle, you could bill as much as you want for wikipedia content... it is the free competition (e.g. anyone can sell) that drags prices of open content down.
Wikipedia 1.0 is a proposed version of the Wikipedia content on CD-ROM and paper, see
For a different kind of wikireader discussion, see wikireader-l.