Am 11.07.2014 00:25, schrieb Erik Moeller:
> Since 2008, we've offered a small feature to download printed books
> from Wikipedia article. This is done in partnership with a company
> called PediaPress.
> They've sold about 15K books over that time period, not enough to
> break even, and the support/maintenance burden for the service is no
> longer worth it for them.
> We'll disable this feature in coming weeks.
It's a pity, as I liked that service/very much/, it was quick, reliable,
perfect quality, not too expensive.
The only feature what I missed was the inability to add further PDF pages.
> We'd only continue to
> offer it if there's 1) strong community interest in maintaining it,
> and 2) a partner who steps up to provide the service.
> We'll continue to provide PDF downloads (soon with a new rendering engine).
> On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM, Luca Martinelli
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > so the Book Creator will still be active, maybe under another name,
> > maybe with another engine, but still active?
> Same name and functionality, just the "Order a printed book" feature
> will disappear.
That is great -- the book creator and PDF tools are both good tools, and
are very handy for projects big and small, especially projects like
Wikibooks and Wikivoyage that need to make offline reading easy. (I have
actually used both tools the most on internal wikis; when I need to catch
up on big discussions, I've made many pdfs from meta that I can read
It was a worthwhile experiment with Pediapress, and I'm glad they stuck
with it as long as they did!