Could you imagine being able to visualize the sheer size of Wikipedia’s English articles? The free online encyclopedia has been in the works for well over a decade now, and – according to itself, ironically – it now nets 500 million unique visitors and 18 billion page views a month.
A group of developers that work on PediaPress want to print the entirety of Wikipedia’s 4.4-million-plus English language articles.
The project is half artistic exhibition and half brilliant marketing. PediaPress exists to allow people the ability to order printed books from Wikipedia content. What better way to advertise your service than a crowdfunding campaign to take your service to its logical limit?
The final product would be 1,000 books at 1,200 pages per. Each book would have continuous page numbers, from 1 to 1,193,014. (I shudder considering the glossary) The exhibit would be displayed at Wikimania London in August 2014.
The campaign is currently live on Indiegogo and is seeking $50,000 for the project, but it has a long way to go having raised just over $1,500 at the time of writing. Having said that, the Wikipedia community is enormous and tight-knit, so don’t be shocked if the campaign is successful eventually. It has 59 days to get there.
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