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New campaign launches to print Wikipedia as two million page book

A new crowdfunding campaign has launched to print every English-language article on Wikipedia and publish them in a 1,000 volume encyclopaedia.

If successful the project will result in over 4.3 million articles printed on 1,193,014 pages that will be displayed at the annual Wikimania event in London this summer, before being donated to libraries around the world.

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PediaPress, the official print-on-demand partner of Wikipedia, has turned to crowdfunding site Indiegogo to fund the project.

"We think that the best way to experience the size of Wikipedia is by transforming it into the physical medium of books," the PediaPress team writes on the campaign page.

"Containing the most volumes and edited by the largest number of contributors the printed edition will be a work of record breaking dimensions.

"Furthermore the exhibit aims to honour the countless volunteers who have created this fascinating trove of knowledge in little more than ten years."

The perks of donating include being listed as a sponsor at the beginning of one of the printed volumes, a copy of a book with a personal dedication and the opportunity to sponsor an entire book.

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The target for the campaign is $50,000 (£30,000), however if this is exceeded then PediaPress hopes to be able to print the entire encyclopaedia in colour.

Christoph Kepper, founder of PediaPress, said: "The printed Wikipedia displays the vastness of the Information Age with the media of the Guttenberg Age."

Wikimania will take place at London's Barbican Centre, 6-10 August, 2014.