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How to turn Wikipedia articles into e-books
September 18, 2012 | 2:05 pm

Taking into account the well-known unreliability of some of its content, I'm honestly not sure how I feel—intellectually-speaking—about the idea that it is now possible to transform random collections of Wikipedia articles into e-books. (More details about that later.) But speaking from the point of view of someone who is endlessly fascinated with the possibilities of digital reading, well ... I'd certainly be lying if I said I wasn't going to play around with Wikipedia's new e-book export feature for a good 20 minutes, as soon as this article is posted. * * * According to a post on the Wikimedia Foundation's Tech...

Announcing the official Wiktionary Android app
June 20, 2012 | 9:39 am

From the Wikimedia Technical Blog: Wiktionary, the online dictionary that anyone can edit, is now available as a mobile app for Android in Google Play (formerly Android Market). With the official Wiktionary App, you can: Read Wiktionary in over 150 languages Share pages with friends Listen to word pronunciations Save your favorite pages Read the Word of the Day … and more! Expanding the reach of Wikimedia projects on Android is an important contribution to spreading free knowledge globally. And this is a great example of the motto, ‘Fork our code, reach millions, and help educate the world!’ A volunteer development effort, the Wiktionary App was developed in...

Download the text of the entire English (or any language) Wikipedia
April 9, 2012 | 11:23 pm

From the Wikimedia Technical Blog (blockquotes omitted): If you’d like to read Wikipedia in an airplane (of the offline variety) or in an area with no or limited connectivity, or install it in a university, or just to have it handy in case of a zombie apocalypse, you can now download a full text copy of the English Wikipedia (from January 2012) in the convenient OpenZIM format, which was specifically developed for sharing wiki content. OpenZIM files can be read in multiple reader applications, the most popular of which is Kiwix, available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Sugar. Start your BitTorrent client and...