One of the most useful (and lesser known) features of Wikipedia for learning is the ebook creating tool, ‘book creator’. This lets you add any article you’re reading to a list, then craft the whole thing into a book which can be delivered as an EPUB ebook or PDF for viewing on iPad.
It’s incredibly easy to get started. First, you need to turn the book creator tool on by clicking on ‘Print/export’ in the links on the left hand side of the Wikipedia page, then ‘Enable book creator’. Now when you search for a relevant page (in our example we’ve taken a patriotic look at the history of the British royal family), you’ll see the book creator toolbar at the top of the page. This lets you add that specific page to your book creator list (or remove it if you decide you don’t want to use it), jump to your book, or even let Wikipedia suggest pages that might be relevant.
Once you’ve got all your pages together, you can start editing your book. Click on the ‘Show book’ link, and you’ll be directed to the list of articles you’ve selected. Here, you can manage your books by creating chapters, dragging and dropping articles to reorder them and adding a title and subtitle. When you’re happy you, can export your book by choosing the format (either EPUB ebook, PDF ebook, OpenDocument or OpenZIM), then click Download.
Your finished book is formatted with a title page, contents, then all articles categorised by chapter with a list of sources at the end. Sometimes the formatting can be slightly off, and you don’t get the full functionality of say, the Book Creator app for iPad, but it’s a really useful, accessible way of quickly creating ebooks that you can distribute to iPad.
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