Help:Books/FAQ

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Status last updated 31 March 2019.

Working with Wikipedia books[edit]

What is a Wikipedia book?[edit]

A Wikipedia book is a collection of articles taken from Wikipedia and compiled into a book with a table of contents and a cover.

As time goes by and the articles get edited, the contents of any new copies will change to match.

Where can I find existing books?[edit]

All books are listed in Category:Wikipedia books.

The bookshelf dialog also provides a dedicated search tool.

How do I obtain a copy of a book?[edit]

When you visit the book's page you are offered the options to download a pdf e-book or send it to PediaPress, where you can order print copies.

How do I create a new book?[edit]

In short, use the Book Creator tool.

How do I update my book?[edit]

In short, use the Book Creator tool.

How do I delete my book?[edit]

  • If you saved your book in your userspace (e.g. User:USERNAME/Books/My book), you can simply request deletion by placing {{db-u1}} on top of the page.
  • If you saved your book in the book namespace (e.g. Book:Foobar), several options are possible.
    • If you created the book by mistake or as a test, place {{db-test}} at the top of the page
    • If you created a book, and no one else edited the book, place {{db-author}} at the top of the page
    • If someone else (other than bots) edited the page, then you need to follow the steps listed at Miscellany for Discussion (MFD). If you think the deletion would be non-controversial, you can follow the steps at Proposed Deletion (for books) (BPROD).

Printed books[edit]

How do I create a book for printing?[edit]

You create the book in the same way as any other Wikibook, using the Book Creator.

How do I print it and how much will it cost?[edit]

You click the Book Creator option to upload the book to PediaPress, where you can specify print options, find out how much your chosen option will cost, and order copies.

PDF e-books[edit]

E-books are no longer available. A new renderer is in hand but has no delivery date set.

What happened to OpenDocument Text and openZIM export?[edit]

These options are no longer available.

How do the books comply with license requirements?[edit]

Printed books[edit]

  • URL of each article and its version
  • only the wiki contributors are mentioned. If some page has content adapted from other sources, their authors are not mentioned (Bug 28064).
  • URL of each image
  • all contributors of an image are mentioned
  • license name of the image is mentioned
  • inclusion of the CC-BY-SA (English)

Can I use the book tool with my MediaWiki installation?[edit]

Yes, the book tool is based on the open source project mwlib. The MediaWiki component Collection extension works out of the box with most MediaWikis and the PediaPress service.

Known limitations[edit]

Skin support[edit]

The tool currently only works with the Monobook, Modern and Vector skins.

Limitation of the book size[edit]

Printed books can not contain more than 500 articles, will contain 800 pages per volume (books more than 800 pages long will be split over two or more volumes). The A5 books have approximately double the number of pages than the equivalent A4 PDF.

Please keep in mind, generation of large PDFs can take a long time and results in high server load. Dividing article collections into multiple books might be a solution.

Infoboxes and large tables[edit]

Infoboxes and other large tables are printed at full page size, not "floated" to the side as on the Web. This is a result of the limited size of A5 paper: if the infobox was shrunk to fit, the text within would be illegible.

CSS & HTML[edit]

CSS and HTML used in the wiki markup are only partially evaluated when generating PDFs. Templates can be adjusted for print to avoid some of the problems, see Help for Experts for details.

Bugs and general feedback[edit]

Bugs, feature requests and questions are best reported at the Feedback page.