Wikipedia has offered the PDF export functionality on their website for some time but with the recent change, you can export a selection of Wikipedia pages as EPUBs which is a much better format for reading articles offline on mobile phones, ebook readers and tablets. PDF is still a more suitable format for creating print-ready ebooks.
How to Create eBooks inside Wikipedia
It takes a minute to convert you favorite Wikipedia pages into an eBook. Here’s a quick guide:
- Click here to open Wikipedia with the Book Creator enabled. Alternatively, you can open any Wikipedia page and choose Book Creator from the toolbox menu in the right sidebar.
- Next browse to any Wikipedia page and click the “Add this page to your book” link to queue that article into your ebook.
- You can also hover your mouse over any internal Wikipedia link to add the linked page to your Wikipedia ebook without having to open the page (see next screenshot).
- Once you have bundled your favorite pages, click the Show Book link, give your ebook a title and download it in the EPUB format.
You can use iBooks on your iPhone and iPad to read these Wikipedia ebooks while the free Aldiko Book Reader app is a recommended option for reading ePUB files on an Android device. Kindle doesn’t support ePUB files but there workarounds available.
Here’s another Wikipedia ebook on the Mughal Kings of India. The text of all Wikipedia articles is available under a Creative Commons (share alike) license so it should not be a problem if you ever plan to distribute these ebook files through any of the ebook stores.