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Curate Your Own Wiki-Guide with the Wikipedia Book Create Tool

Help:Books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are almost no limits when creating books from Wikipedia content. A good book focuses on a certain topic and covers it as well as possible. A meaningful title helps other users to have the correct expectation regarding the content of a book.

Robin Good's insight:



Few people know that it is actually possible to curate Wikipedia content into custom print books or PDF / OpenDocument ebooks that contain exactly the content you want in the order you specify.


Once you are logged into Wikipedia you simply activate the Book Creator Tool and then, from that moment on, everytime you visit a Wikipedia page you can click and add it to your curated Wiki-Book.


There is also a dedicated wiki page where you can manage the pages you have collected and you can reorganized and sort them any way you want, eliminating the pages you don't need.


Unfortunately there is no integrated way to edit and further customize the content of those pages for your own use.


PDF versions are freely downloadable by anyone, print book versions are paid.


N.B.: The price for print books depends on the number of pages, starting with US$ 7.90 for books up to 100 pages. 10% of the gross sales price goes to the Wikimedia Foundation. Books are perfect bound, printed in the dimensions 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch (216 mm x 140 mm) and contain a table of contents, your chapters and articles, licensing information next to an index.

 

More info about printed versions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books/Frequently_Asked_Questions 


Free to use.


Learn everything about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books 


Video tutorial: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Enwp_screencast4.theora.ogv 






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Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:16 AM

Robin Good's insight:

 

 

Few people know that it is actually possible to curate Wikipedia content into custom print books or PDF / OpenDocument ebooks that contain exactly the content you want in the order you specify.

 

Once you are logged into Wikipedia you simply activate the Book Creator Tool and then, from that moment on, everytime you visit a Wikipedia page you can click and add it to your curated Wiki-Book.

 

There is also a dedicated wiki page where you can manage the pages you have collected and you can reorganized and sort them any way you want, eliminating the pages you don't need.

 

Unfortunately there is no integrated way to edit and further customize the content of those pages for your own use.

 

PDF versions are freely downloadable by anyone, print book versions are paid.

 

N.B.: The price for print books depends on the number of pages, starting with US$ 7.90 for books up to 100 pages. 10% of the gross sales price goes to the Wikimedia Foundation. Books are perfect bound, printed in the dimensions 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch (216 mm x 140 mm) and contain a table of contents, your chapters and articles, licensing information next to an index.

 

More info about printed versions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books/Frequently_Asked_Questions ;

 

Free to use.

 

Learn everything about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books ;

 

Video tutorial: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Enwp_screencast4.theora.ogv ;

 

 

MCLibrarianRMIT's curator insight, January 27, 2014 10:04 PM

It's worth keeping in mind that some 'publishers' try to sell books based entirely on Wikipedia content. 

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Curate Your Own Lists of Best Films, TV Shows, Books or Games with Listal

Curate Your Own Lists of Best Films, TV Shows, Books or Games with Listal | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Listal is a free web service and a vibrant community of movies and book lovers, who are provided with the tools to collect, rate and comment their favorite films and readings.


Key features include:

  • Rate items and add reviews, tags, images, videos & lists
  • Create as many collections as you like
  • Search and find titles by author,
  • Find people who share your tastes on the basis of your ratings
  • Generate charts based on the ratings of the people you follow
  • Organise your Movie/TV, Music, Game or Book collections
  • Customize your profile
  • RSS feeds for lists
  • Create drag and drop reorderable lists
  • Annotate your lists with notes and images
  • Import and export list data
  • Track loaned items
  • Create flash widgets for your lists and collections
  • Private message other Listal members
  • Discussion forums
  • View statistics about your collections



My comment: Excellent free tool to curate your favorite videos, films, books, music or electronic games. Recommended for anyone serious about creating and sharing this type of information.



Free to use.


Try it out now: http://www.listal.com/




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Zorka Kovacevich Marketing's curator insight, June 16, 2013 7:51 AM
Insight From Robin Good:

 

Listal is a free web service and a vibrant community of movies and book lovers, who are provided with the tools to collect, rate and comment their favorite films and readings.

 

Key features include:

Rate items and add reviews, tags, images, videos &listsCreate as many collections as you likeSearch and find titles by author,Find people who share your tastes on the basis of your ratingsGenerate charts based on the ratings of the people you followOrganise your Movie/TV, Music, Game or Book collectionsCustomize your profileRSS feeds for listsCreate drag and drop reorderable listsAnnotate your lists with notes and imagesImport and export list dataTrack loaned itemsCreate flash widgets for your lists and collectionsPrivate message other Listal membersDiscussion forumsView statistics about your collections

 

 

My comment: Excellent free tool to curate your favorite videos, films, books, music or electronic games. Recommended for anyone serious about creating and sharing this type of information.

 

 

Free to use.

 

Try it out now: http://www.listal.com/

 

 

juanjovilar's curator insight, June 17, 2013 7:22 AM

Herramienta para generar tus listas de mejores libros, canciones, discos, películas...

Víctor V. Valera Jiménez's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:43 PM

Excelente aplicación web que nos permitirá curar nuestras películas, programas de TV, libros o videojuegos para poder organizarlos, filtrarlos y compartirlos en nuestras redes sociales favoritas.

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Connecting Avid Book Readers with Curated Book Lists: Readin.gs

Connecting Avid Book Readers with Curated Book Lists: Readin.gs | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Bringing curated book recommendations from thought leaders in tech, fashion, and food & wine to the masses. Launching at #StartupBusNYC #SXSW

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Startup Readin.gs is a new startup service devoted to connect avid book readers with curated monthly book subscriptions.

From the official site: "Over 10 curators’ reading lists are available for subscription, including Tony Hseih, Harper Reed, Baratunde Thurston, Aliza Licht, Erik Grimmelmann, PHD, Anthony Calsalena, Erin Quill, Liza Kindred, Ben Huh, and FAKEGRIMLOCK."

Readin.gs offers a monthly subscription that delivers curated books from influencers in industries like technology, entrepreneurship, food, and fashion.


Members pay $20 monthly to receive one ebook or paperback from a curator of their choosing.

For more information: http://readin.gs






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Giuseppe Mauriello's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:47 PM

From official website:

"At Readin.gs, we believe everyone deserves the chance to hit up their heroes for book recommendations. Once a month, we'll deliver a hand-selected book from a featured thought-leader from the worlds of technology, fashion, and food & wine."

Linda G. Foss's curator insight, February 1, 2014 8:18 PM

Who doesn't have a "to read" list somewhere?

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Curate and Share Your Own Book Library Catalog with LibraryThing

Curate and Share Your Own Book Library Catalog with LibraryThing | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
LibraryThing catalogs your books online, easily, quickly and for free.
Robin Good's insight:



LibraryThing is a full-powered online book cataloging application, capable of searching the Library of Congress, five national Amazon sites (Italy missing), and more than 690 world libraries.


Available since 2006, it offers anyone the opportunity to create a personal profile and then to search, find and add any book ever catalogued or published into your collections.


You can review, tag, rate, organize, sort, filter, group any book you find and you can also specify the perfect match cover (among the many published) that you want to use as reference. 


From the official site: "LibraryThing knows a lot about books and how books connect, providing some of the best recommendations on the web.


LibraryThing gives you library-quality data for your books, and is also full of social information.


Each book page shows you which members have the book and what they think about it — tags, reviews and even links to conversations about the book."


A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime



My comment: Stunning. I don't know why it took me so long to discover it, but this is an amazing resource for book lovers of all kinds wanting to curate and share their own favorite books. While the interface shows quite a bit of age in many aspects, the array of functions and useful options available to the user is simply amazing. 



Try it out now: http://www.librarything.com/ 

To get an idea of how good this resource is check this page: http://www.librarything.com/zeitgeist  


Tour: http://www.librarything.com/tour/ 


What makes it special: http://www.librarything.com/blogs/librarything/2013/04/what-makes-librarything-librarything/ 


Quickstart Guide: http://www.librarything.com/quickstart.php 


FAQ: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Your_library_and_your_books  


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Janet Tillotson's curator insight, February 3, 2014 12:48 AM

This is a wonderful social networking site for book lovers!

Shauna's curator insight, May 16, 2014 9:34 AM

I wonder if libraries will start to favour a visual layout like this at some point to showcase their collections.

 

Jean Maiorella's curator insight, August 8, 2014 11:25 AM

Love this!  The automatic + member recommendations based on my book list is great when I'm floundering in my search for something new to read.

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Curate Your Own (e)Book with Bindworx

Curate Your Own (e)Book with Bindworx | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Robin Good's insight:



Is it really real? Unfortunately I have yet no way to personally confirm to you that what looks like a revolutionary new service, potentially allowing anyone to assemble a truly personalized new book by mixing and matching other published works, is 100% the way it is being described.


On paper, if I got everything straight, Bindworx offers you the opportunity to buy content from existing published books and eBooks, by specifically picking out a page, a chapter or an entire section and pulling it together into your own custom (e)book.


Your final product can be either a digital eBook or a traditional printed book. You have both options.


From the official site: "You can buy eBooks whole, by the chapter or page. You can pull together sections of your favourite books to a new book on your favourite topic. Your imagination is the only limitation."


Bindworx is expected to launch officially at the end of May 2013.


More (not much yet) info here: http://www.bindworx.com/


N.B.: I look forward to test and report in more detail what you should expect.


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Michiel Gaasterland's comment, April 13, 2013 10:29 AM
Yes - especially curious if it allows you to easily top and tail the content so you can frame it better towards your target audiences and objectives.
Joakim Baage's curator insight, April 16, 2013 12:26 AM

I really like the idea, the publishing business needs more of this!

AnnC's curator insight, April 30, 2013 8:52 PM

Edit your own book?