A PUBLISHING COMPANY IS looking for assistance with its plans to release a 1,000 volume Wikipedia book collection.
Pedia Press has turned to crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise money, and it has a reasonable sounding target of $50,000. With 50 days left to go around $2,000 or one 25th of this amount has already been raised.
Users are asked to contribute to the production of the 1,000 volume tome so that it can go on display at the Wikimania event in London this August, After its stay in the UK it might go on a world tour, though we suspect that depends on the response it receives.
The Indiegogo plan is to publish the 1,000 books in grey scale, so not quite black and white. Stretch funding goals, if met, might allow for colour printing, since colour is nicer to read.
The project has quite a weighty aim and is looking to get the work of 20 million users between its covers. Because Wikipedia is an organically growing thing, additions will be printed out on the fly. Presently the English language Wikipedia website has some four million articles.
"We all know that Wikipedia is huge. The English version alone consists of more than [four] million articles. But can you imagine how large Wikipedia really is? We think that the best way to experience the size of Wikipedia is by transforming it into the physical medium of books. In order to do this, we plan to print the complete English Wikipedia in 1,000 books and display them at a public exhibition," said Pedia Press.
"Containing the most volumes and edited by the largest number of contributors the printed edition will be a work of record breaking dimensions. Furthermore the exhibit aims to honor the countless volunteers who have created this fascinating trove of knowledge in little more than ten years."
This is crowdfunding in action so if you want to see it become reality, then you are going to have to kick in.
Tributes start at $5 and for that you can get a name check on a website. Alternatively you could drop $1,000 on the project and get your name on one of the volumes. µ