Wikipedia is a colossal knowledge base whose English version houses more than five million articles. The extensiveness of Wikipedia is so wide-ranging that if you were to someday get a hard copy of it in the form of a book, then the size of the book will be as much as 2000+ times more than the size of the encyclopedia Britannica.
Earlier in 2012, a graphic designing student from the United Kingdom converted 5000 pages of the gigantic Wikipedia into a printed handbook. He bound around a few thousand features articles from Wikipedia and the height of the book scaled up to a massive 17 inches.
Photographs of the gigantic book bound by the student Rob Mathews are still in existence despite his website www.rob-mathews been usurped by domain squatters.
Rob then merely selected the feature article category of Wikipedia to print a hardcopy of it; however, the latest in the string is Michael Mandiberg and team who have a different ambition altogether.
They are toiling hard day night with a firm desire to convert the entire English-version of Wikipedia to print hard copy. The stuff will be having something around 7,500 volumes having around 700 pages each and I’m sure a lot of us will soon be ordering them from Lulu where the Printpedia will first be made available.
The process kick started this month at Denny Gallery in an amazing fashion. The gallery has been opened for visit where the audience may actually see the amazing art of Wikipedia being converted into digital books and being uploaded on Lulu. Isn’t it historic? On the addition of a new book to the library, the announce it on Twitter through their Twitter handle, @printedwikipedia
Here you can have a look at the pictures of printed Wikipedia, courtesy Wikimedia
You can too print your very own hard copy from Wikipedia
Wikipedia does have a built-in option to create a book of your favorite topics. The feature lets everyone, even those users who have logged in to Wikipedia anonymously, to create a book of their favorite topics.
The files can easily be downloaded or sent to any print on demand media service like Lulu. Go, try now!