Showing posts with label Wikipedia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wikipedia. Show all posts

Friday, December 12, 2014

How to create a Wikipedia book with as many articles as you like, save it or order a printed copy

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You might not know this, but there is a serious option in Wikipedia to compile your favorite articles and crate a book with it. You can tinker with the cover and design and once you're satisfied, start adding articles to it. This book once completed can then be downloaded either in PDF or ODF formats. If you would like a physical copy you can order that too. This is a really fun option especially if you would like to read stuff you're interested in offline. You could also credit yourself with this collection as you are the person who created the collection.

How to create a Wikipedia book

1. Go here
2. Click on 'Create book'
3. Now browse through your favorite articles.
4. There is a tab above the article 'Add to book'
5. Click it and the page is added.
6. Click here to view your saved book

Check video below for more...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to convert Wikipedia Articles into eBooks

Wikipedia articles in eBook format
Wikipedia articles converted into eBook format

You can access Wikipedia on your SmartPhone, Tablet or other device. However it must be said that reading articles in an eBook format is best suited for the eyes and ease of reading. The most popular eBook publishing format is the EPUB format, fondly know as EPUBs. The format that is best suited for reading offline on your SmartPhone, eBook reader or tablet. Once you create your book you can also share it. Especially good if you have a weak internet connection and live in a place where Wikipedia is hard to access. You can also download your book in PDF. Using this feature you can compile a list of articles, combine it into a book; give it a name and download it to be read later at a more leisurely time. Your own custom e-book.

How to create custom eBooks from Wikipedia 
1. Activate this link to get started. This will open Wikipedia with eBook creator enabled. 
2. Continue browsing Wikipedia as you would normally do.
3. when you find a page or article you would like to add to your book. Click the 'Add this page to your book' link. 
4. Click on show book will reveal your book and you can add a Title and Subtitle.
5. Your eBook is ready to be downloaded using the link on the right-hand side. Click Download and then you can download the book in PDF, OpenDocument, OpenZIM or EPUB format.

Check the video below if you would like the visuals. EPUB is the best format for your eReaders, SmartPhones and tablets. 

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Use Simple English Wikipedia to understand complex subjects in Simple English

Simple English Wikipedia

Say you want to read a difficult subject that is quite technical but in simple English try Simple English Wikipedia. The Wikipedia that we are all used to can be very difficult when you want to read complex subjects. With the use of subject jargon and subject terms.  So say you want to study the 'Higgs Boson Particle'. The ordinary Wikipedia's article dives into all the technical terms associated with the Higgs Boson and wastes no time. This is difficult if you are a student or someone who is starting out with English as a major language. To break it down and understand it fully you would need to click on all the available links within the article to further research and fully understand. You can see the difference bweteen the two articles here - Wikipedia article on Higgs Boson and simple English Wikipedia's Higgs Boson

The simple English Wikipedia is easy to understand and digest especially if you are new and need to start from scratch on a particular subject. especially true for children, students and adults learning English. So give it a whirl and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Simple English Wikipedia

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Wikipedia stands true to its word and ditches GoDaddy

GoDaddy's initial support of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the controversial anti-piracy bill in the US, set of a chain reaction with may large internet companies blacking out. All of this to stop the SOPA/PIPA bills that many users believed to be a threat to freedom on the internet. The boycott started on Reddit and soon many other websites followed. GoDaddy initially offered support for the SOPA bill and once that became public knowledge, people who used GoDaddy as their website host decided to ditch the service and leave. Many webmasters started transferring their domain's off of GoDaddy servers and this led to a trend in people migrating away from GoDaddy. The fold who run GoDaddy realized that this si going to lead to a loss in revenues and even worse came out in the open and retracted their stance on to the SOPA bill. They now publicly said that they do not support that bill.

One of the companies who had promised to ditch GoDaddy was Wikipedia, now after three months they have left GoDaddy's DNS service. They have shifted to a new host MarkMonitor. Shows that the internet is not about to forget that scare and does not forgive so easily. Will Wikipedia leaving GoDaddy effect the influence GoDaddy has had over the internet for so long. Hard to say but Wikipedia is one of the most accessed and trusted sites on the net and with it leaving GoDaddy, smaller companies who require web-hosting services might start looking elsewhere. The big question that remains however is that all the other websites that said they would leave GoDaddy, well, will they also leave and will GoDaddy start seeing an exodus 3 months after it all began? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

QRpedia share any Wikipedia article using QR codes in preferred language

Bar Codes have been around for decades and is increasingly finding more and more uses with mobile. Wikipedia have introduced a new feature called QRpedia what this does essentially is allows you to fill in any Wikipedia article URL, into a box generate a QR Code and then share it with people on the mobile phones. Users can then use their mobile phones to pick up the code and read it in their phones selected language. 

An amazing use for this is in a museum. QRPedia QR Codes can be placed beside items and users can use their phones get the code and read about the items it in their own language when available. The system is now in use in many museums around the world. So if your company or your name has a Wikipedia articles you can get the QR code and place it on your site users from across the internet and the world can then read it in their phone's default language. Try it out now

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