New Indiegogo Project Wants to Publish Wikipedia as a Print Edition

We're logo[2]long past the point where anyone still buys the print edition of encyclopedias, but don't tell that to PediaPress. This German startup is about to go where even the Encyclopedia Britannica no longer dares to tread.

PediaPress wants to publish a print edition of Wikipedia, and they started a new crowd funding project on Indiegogo in order to raise the required funding.

They're trying to raise $50,000, and their goal is to print a single 1,000 volume set of the English language Wikipedia. They're not crazy enough to think they can bring it to market, but they are planning to exhibit the set at Wikimania London in August 2014.


Each volume will have 1,200 pages. They'll be printed in grayscale (color printing is a stretch goal) and bound in hardback. The combined set of 1,000 will require a book case 32 feet long and 8 feet high.

It's an impressive goal, isn't it?

I think so, but I'm not so sure they will succeed. PediaPress has 57 days left on this Indiegogo project and they've only raised about $1200 so far. At this rate it doesn't look like they will get funded.

If you would like to contribute, head on over to Indiegogo. You can donate any amount from $5 to $1,000. If you donate $10, you'll be mentioned as the sponsor of one volume. For $100, you can sponsor a volume all by yourself, and if you contribute $250 PediaPress will give you a copy of the volume you sponsored.

I hope this will come to pass, because I plan to encourage everyone to make this a true Wikipedia Encyclopedia. Once it is on display, I think visitors should be encouraged to edit it, including removing pages, crossing out articles, and inserting new content.

After all, the spirit of Wikipedia comes from the idea that anyone can make changes. I think that same idea should be applied to the print edition as well, don't you?

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1 Comment on New Indiegogo Project Wants to Publish Wikipedia as a Print Edition

  1. I foresee trouble for this company. Oh, not any legal issues, all Wikimedia content is licensed for all purposes, including commercial, but why would anyone spend money on the print edition when they can just access the digital version for free, especially dyslexic people, for whom digital text is easier to read than print (based on personal experience)?

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