Should We Memorialize Wikipedia In 1,000 Physical Books?
PediaPress wants to create a hardcopy of the world's most extensive encyclopaedia.
PediaPress is an on-demand printing startup that gives you a way to create permanent copies of your favorite online Wikipedia articles. The company wants to try and print the entire English Wikipedia encyclopedia – which would amount to 1,000 books, and a total of more than one million pages.
The first volume has already been printed, which includes articles from “A” to “A76 motorway,” and if the other 999 books came into existence, they would contain more than 4 million articles. The company is trying to raise $50,000 and recently launched an Indiegogo Campaign to help them achieve this goal.
Should the fundraiser prove successful, the books will go on display at the Wikimania Conference 2014 in London, after which they will take up residence in a public library that has yet to be named. The idea was first spawned when a German user planned to print the entire German Wikipedia using the service, even though that original idea was scrapped.
There’s no doubt it would be impressive to see one of the world’s largest encyclopaedias take physical form, but it would come at a significant cost. If the intent is for PediaPress to attract some media attention and boost their business, then we can all agree that their effort was a success, even if the project never comes to fruition.