Monthly Archives: February 2009

PediaPress | Print Your Favorite Wikipedia Articles As Books

Techcruch carried an interesting note on how you can create a book by importing wikipedia pages. What is great is that you can create a book on any topic, sort information by chapters and PediaPress takes care of typesetting, printing and shipping. PediaPress allows you to download the PDF or OpenDocument format free of charge.

This harps back a conversation on Jon’s Appfrica blog about how we must think beyond just the net to truly democratize information. We have to think of new ways to get it into the hands of people who need it most. Perhaps PediaPress is an step in this direction.

Did you know that you can assemble your own wiki pages from Wikipedia and print them out in book form? You can, for a while now, thanks to a partnership between Wikimedia Foundation and a German startup called PediaPress.

Last week, the wiki-to-print feature was activated for six more languages besides German but as of yesterday the functionality is also being tested on the regular English Wikipedia (restricted to logged-on users only for now).

You can check it out here .

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Africa deserves better leaders ..

Today’s top stories from the BBC’s Africa section. Don’t we deserve better from our leadership …


BBC Africa Page: last updated at 17:56 GMT, Thursday, 26 February 2009


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The ‘dusty foot philosopher’ makes waves again


Somalia-raised, Toronto-based rapper K’naan thinks like Bob Marley, flows like Eminem and mixes African music with conscious hip-hop, unabashed pop and even metal. The results are usually catchy and interesting – Rolling Stone, Feb 5, 2009

Along with his mother and his brother, 13-year-old Keinan Warsame left Somalia on the last commercial flight from Mogadishu to join his father in New York; the family settled in Toronto’s “Little Somalia” shortly thereafter. K’naan has been speaking out publicly about his country’s plight since 2001. Recently he joined Youssou N’Dour, to appear on his album of “refugee voices,” Building Bridges, and a subsequent tour.

K’naan’s Troubadour hits stores on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Check out “Bang Bang” by K’Naan free on iTunes this week.

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