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Old 06-21-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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Convert wikipedia articles to .mobi to read on kindle

Hey!

Is there a possibility to convert wikipedia articles so that one can read them on amazon kindle?
I know I can use the experimental browser to read wikipedia, but I'd like to read some articles offline. I don't need the whole wikipedia, just some articles...

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:46 PM   #2
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Wikipedia has a 'create a book' feature (scroll down the side panel) which can output to epub. You can convert epub to mobi using Calibre.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:34 PM   #3
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I don't think (and just checked) that Wikipedia produces epub formats. Check out this tool, tough:

http://www.grabmybooks.com/

It really works very well for collecting a number of Wikipedia articles and put them into a book in MOBI format.

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Old 06-24-2012, 09:01 AM   #4
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I don't think (and just checked) that Wikipedia produces epub formats.
Wikipedia may not produce an epub but it does have a Book creator feature that will allow you to create a book out of multiple article then save the book as an ODT file. Calibre converts odt to epub or mobi with fine results.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:21 AM   #5
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I have tried it. You can get an epub file using the create a book feature.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:06 PM   #6
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I have tried it. You can get an epub file using the create a book feature.
I'd be interested to know how. If I create a book and proceed to download it the possible formats are PDF, OpenDocument Text and ZIM.

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Old 06-24-2012, 01:54 PM   #7
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One quick way to convert a Wiki article to a Kindle mobi file is to use the KindlePedia site.
http://ebookarchitects.com/kindlepedia/
All you have to do is copy the URL of the article and paste it into the window. The site does the rest.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:21 PM   #8
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I'd be interested to know how. If I create a book and proceed to download it the possible formats are PDF, OpenDocument Text and ZIM.

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Same here.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:01 PM   #9
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Same here.
Open Document is probably ODT. Calibre can convert that
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:19 AM   #10
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Thanks, theducks, it indeed can. What it does not do, however, it does not preserve the book structure (chapters etc.), so that a book composed of several Wikipedia articles can be read, but one can not jump from chapter to chapter or look at the TOC (there is none).

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Old 06-25-2012, 04:20 AM   #11
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Thanks, theducks, it indeed can. What it does not do, however, it does not preserve the book structure (chapters etc.), so that a book composed of several Wikipedia articles can be read, but one can not jump from chapter to chapter or look at the TOC (there is none).
This may be a problem with your calibre settings. I created a quick 12 article ODT book via Wikipedia, then converted it to ePub using my standard conversion settings and within the TOC each article was its own chapter with sub-headings within each chapter. The TOC created allows easy navigation.

I attached the ePub and the settings I use for structure detection and TOC.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:19 AM   #12
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Thanks, dwanthny, I'll experiment around with my settings to find the optimal parameters. I succeeded to go directly ODT --> Mobi, but the hierarchical TOC does not seem to work yet. Even so, this route is very useful for me.

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Old 06-30-2012, 11:38 AM   #13
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I made a plugin for this that has a nice toc. see http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=183333
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Thanks a million, Krittika, very useful indeed!

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