I recently stumbled upon a website that can take any Wikipedia article and turn it into an ebook to view offline on an ebook reader or other reading device for free.
The website can also generate ebooks from various other Creative Commons websites like Medpedia, WikiTravel, and Wikia for premium members that join.
It takes just a few seconds to try. Go to eReadUps and type in a search topic and click “Find Articles”. It will bring up a page of search results where you can choose up to three articles from Wikipedia to put into an ebook as a non-member.
The ebooks are generated quickly on the fly, and are downloadable in both MOBI and EPUB formats, so they will work on any reader without a problem, and any PC or cellphone with free software installed. The ebooks contain all the images, hyperlinks, and footnotes that the original articles contain.
I couldn’t find any information about membership cost and had some other questions, so I emailed eReadUps and received a lot of helpful information from Will DeLamater, President of eReadia LLC.
According to Mr. DeLamater, eReadUps is at the end of its public beta stage and will be going live/full here in the next few weeks. Pricing for the premium version will be announced at that time, and will be a couple of bucks a month or $19.99 per year as a subscription. The site will also have additional features, including the ability to export the books you build in PDF format. With more improvements to follow.
Mr. DeLamater also stated that they will continue to add more sources for articles in the coming months and that they are very sensitive to copyright and content licensing, so the site currently only offers material that comes with a Creative Commons CC-BY or CC-BY-SA license.
He attached a book that he built with eReadUps on the Deepwater Horizon disaster as an example of what the service can do. The ebook is in MOBI format; the zip can be downloaded here: