Do you know that you can directly save any Wikipedia page as a PDF file without requiring any extensions or print drivers. In fact, you can even collect multiple Wikipedia pages in a basket and convert them all to a single PDF document (just like an ebook) with just a few mouse clicks.

For instance, here’s a PDF book on search engines (PDF) that was created from a set of Wikipedia pages using the built-in tools of Wikipedia and nothing else. As you will soon notice, PDF books generated by Wikipedia are perfectly formatted for printing and they even include all references and citations that are found in the original Wikipedia articles.

Download Wikipedia Pages as PDFs

To create a PDF from Wikipedia pages, follow these three simple steps:

1. Log in to your Wikipedia account and activate the beta interface. This step is no longer required.

1. Start the book creator tool inside Wikipedia.

2. Now open any Wikipedia page that you would like to include in your PDF book and click the “Add this page to your book” link. Repeat this step until all the pages have been added to the print basket.

3. Once you are done collecting Wikipedia articles, click “Show Book”, give your Wikipedia book a title and hit the download button to save your book as a PDF file.

All PDF books created with Wikipedia are available under the Creative Commons License. And if you have no plans of printing Wikipedia pages, you may still use this trick to quickly download multiple pages from the world’s largest encyclopedia and read them offline on your mobile phone or your iPad.

Wikipedia will store your books collection under your Wikipedia user directory. If you are not happy with the layout of your PDF book or would like to add some more information to the PDF, just edit the template and save the PDF.

Also see: Your Guide to Wikipedia Tools & Resources

Wikipedia Pages turned into a PDF Book