It provides an online service to create and order customized books from wiki content using an automated PDF file builder and print-on-demand (PoD) technology, currently offering paperback and hardcover formats with black-and-white or full color options. Users can add their own cover details and limited content, such as a foreword.
PediaPress and the Wikimedia Foundation became partners in December 2007 and a proportion of the sales income of each book is donated to the Foundation.
PediaPress was established to provide an online service that enabled Web users to create customized books from wiki content using direct web-to-print technology. According to the German edition of PC World, the launch price was €8.00 for the first 100 pages, plus €3.00 for each additional 100 pages.
PediaPress and the Wikimedia Foundation became partners in December 2007. PediaPress's software was initially integrated into Wikipedia, and made accessible in the navigation sidebar of every page via a "create a book" button. PediaPress had contracted with Lightning Source, a subsidiary of Ingram Industries, to print the books. PediaPress established a long term partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation. A portion of the proceeds of each book was donated to the Wikimedia Foundation to support their mission.
Initially, the ability to create books from the English version of Wikipedia was exclusive to signed in users, because of scalability issues. But later, anyone could create books from any of the millions of articles on Wikipedia in English alone.
The source wiki must have a compatible book creator tool. Users must first design the book on the source Wiki, selecting the articles and specifying the contents and the cover details, then click the link to PediaPress.
PediaPress converts the book to a high-quality PDF file ready for printing as a 8.5 inches (22 cm) x 5.5 inches (14 cm) (approximately A5) sized book.
Users cannot download the converted PDF of their WikiBook but can only order print-on-demand paper copies. PediaPress offers paperback and hardcover formats in full color or black-and-white. Users can specify the cover details and add`their own limited content, such as a foreword.
The PediaPress.com web-to-print service works from all MediaWikis that have installed the Collection extension. Sites offering the service include the German Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and the OpenOffice.org Wiki; extending it to all language editions of Wikipedia has also been proposed.
PediaPress is not a publisher and does not review the content of any printed books or other works offered through its tools. It expects all content to be consistent with their Terms and Conditions and reserves the right to remove content they deemed to be illegal or inappropriate.
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- Users were then able to arrange the order of the articles, choose a cover photo/color and give the book its title and an editor‘s name. The price of the unique books depended on the number of pages and started at $8.90. Books were ready for shipment within two working days. PediaPress offered paperbacks and hard-covers with color images. Users could add own content, such as forewords. Hans-Christian Dirscherl (10 February 2009). "Print-on-Demand: Eigenes Buch aus Wikipedia-Artikeln machen". PC Welt. Retrieved 2009-03-04.