Wikipedia Goes to Print —in German

Publisher plans single volume of 50K most-searched entries
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2008 4:55 PM CDT
Wikipedia Goes to Print —in German
A general view of the German media giant Bertelsmann in Guetersloh, Germany, in this March 13, 2003, file photo.    (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Wikipedia will soon hit bookshelves, the AP reports: German giant Bertelsmann AG is publishing a condensed print edition of the user-generated encyclopedia. The One-Volume Wikipedia Encyclopedia will contain 50,000 of the most-searched-for German entries this year—and it could be the first in an annual series. “A yearbook really can be a documentation of the zeitgeist,” said a publishing exec.

Included are French first lady Carla Bruni, Nintendo Wii and various German icons; entries will be fact-checked. Like its online counterpart, the 992-page tome, selling for $31.80, will be licensed for free copying and distribution. The goal is to “give people the information they are looking for,” said a promoter. “The sense of the Wikipedia spirit will go into this printed volume.” (Read more book stories.)

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