Help:Books

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Step-by-step guide

This page shows you how to create a book from Wikipedia articles in four steps. Books can be created in PDF or OpenDocument formats, or ordered for printing on the PediaPress website.

Step 1: Enable the "Book creator" tool

Fig.1 – The "print/export" box

The "Book creator" tool can be enabled from the "print/export" box on the left hand side of the browser screen towards the bottom (see Fig.1). Click on "create book". The "Book creator" tool will appear at the top of your screen.

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Step 2: Gather articles

Individual pages

By clicking on the "Add this page to your book" link, the current page being viewed is added to the collection. To add another article, simply go to that article, and click on "Add this page to your book" again.

Another way to add articles to your book is to hover your mouse over a link to another article. After one second, a message will pop-up, giving you the option to add the linked article to your book.

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Categories

If you move to a category page, the "Add this page to your book" will have changed into "Add this category to your book". Clicking on "Add this category to your book" will add all the articles in that category.

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Likewise, if you hover on a category link (located at the very bottom of articles), a message will pop-up, giving you the option to add the entire category to your book.

After you have selected the articles that interest you, you can click on "Suggest pages" and you will be presented with a list of articles that are related to your selection. This helps you to create a more complete book if you run out of ideas, or just want to make sure that you haven't forgotten anything.

Step 3: Review your book

Fig.2 – Set a title

Once you are happy with your book, click on "Show book" to be taken to the next step.

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After you have clicked on the "Show book" link, you can add a title and a subtitle to your book (see Fig.2). You can also arrange articles and order them according to your taste with clicks and drags (details in the Advanced Functions section below).

Step 4: Download or order a printed copy of your book

Fig.3 – Click to download

The finished book can be downloaded or ordered as a bound book. You can download the book, in PDF and OpenDocument format (viewable using OpenOffice.org software), by clicking the "Download" button (see Fig 3). To order the book as a bound book click the "Order book from PediaPress" button.



Advanced functions

Changing the order of wiki pages

To change the order of wiki pages in your book, simply move the pages in the list titled "Your Book". To do so, hover over the page title to move, click and drag it to the new location. Release the mouse button to finish moving the page to its new location. You can also automatically sort the pages into alphabetical order.