[Foundation-l] Bertelsmann publishes "Wikipedia Encyclopedia in One Volume"

teun spaans teun.spaans at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 05:39:00 UTC 2008


There is one thing we have to be carefull with, and which is a good
reason to leave these topics to commercial publishing houses: most of
the illustrations we have on these topics are incorporated as "fair

And i actually think we dont have much stuff on gardening, and i feel
some doubt on the qualities of the stuff we have on plants, but
perhaps that is because as a contributor i see what is wrong with it.

On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 12:12 AM, Oldak Quill <oldakquill at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2008/4/23 teun spaans <teun.spaans at gmail.com>:
> > According to the NYT interview, this book will center around popular issues
>  >  and B. sees it as a kind of yearbook.
>  >
>  >  Though I only occasionallly wrote on .de,  i cannot tell if the german
>  >  language version has the same abundance for telly, sport and movies related
>  >  subjects as some other large wikis. If so, wikipedia may be a good choice
>  >  for them. If this succeeds, they may turn to more specilized subjects,
>  >  encyclopedias for soccer, golf, other sports, mammals, geography and such
>  >  may well come up somewhere in the future.
>  I think even more specialised selections of articles may be a good
>  place to look. Generally, I would imagine, the more specialised a
>  subject, the less competition there is in terms of reference works for
>  that subject.
>  Specialised areas which might generate a fair amount of demand are
>  guides to fictional worlds. Obviously, there is a lot of interest
>  associated with these, and there may be a fair amount of competition
>  in terms of reference works. en.Wikipedia has a good number of
>  articles about fictional worlds associated with fantasy (Harry Potter,
>  Lord of the Rings, Foundation, Dune). Contributors tend to be very
>  interested in these areas and their coverage tends to be very good
>  (where coverage hasn't been deleted). If a guide to say... Lord of the
>  Rings, or (dare I mention) Pokemon, were compiled from Wikipedia
>  content and published and sold in book shops, a fair bit of funding
>  could be generated for the Wikimedia Foundation.
>  Other specialised areas we might look at are collectors areas (stamps,
>  coins), enthusiast areas (airplanes, ships, cars), gardening...
>  If there were the drive to compile articles into books and copyedit
>  them, would there be any effective way to print, bind and put them in
>  bookshops to be sold?
>  --
>  Oldak Quill (oldakquill at gmail.com)
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