Wikitravel to publish up-to-the-month print editions of its guides

Wikitravel, the collaborative wiki project that compiles guides to cities and countries around the world, has spun out Wikitravel Press, which will publish hardcopy editions of the Wikitravel guides. Each copy will be printed on demand, using a recent (no more than a month old) version of the selected Wikitravel pages (printed and fulfilled by This is a nice bridge over the gap between the currency of a wiki page and the convenience of a bound volume.
Wikitravel, the Webby Award-winning online travel guide, has over 30,000 guides to destinations around the world. At Wikitravel Press, we select the best ones, give them to our carefully selected local editors to polish and fact-check, and then typeset them with our revolutionary one-click Yucca engine. This lets us update the guides from top to bottom every single month. When you order online, a fresh copy is printed just for you and shipped to your doorstop in less than a week*.

And that's only half the story! On your travels, you're sure to discover great new restaurants or hip new bars not listed in the guide. For normal travel guides, you could write some "feedback" and hope they put it into the next edition five years from now. But for Wikitravel, you can add it yourself, and less than one month later your contribution (and your name) will be in print.




  1. It sounds like a good idea. At least for the people making the money, but also for very up-to-date travel data.

  2. Their Chicago guide is 468 pages? That’s not a travel guide, that’s a travel novel. You’d spend the majority of your trip reading the beast.

  3. Typical Wikipedia dross. I used to support Wikipedia, when the chief charge against it was that it was “inaccurate” (it wasn’t). But it has been completely infiltrated by the trivia experts now, and the know-it-alls, and the microscopic detail hounds, none of whom can write a simple declarative sentence to save their lives, to the point where most articles are no longer comprehensible to a general reader.

    When you can’t look up any medical-related topic without encountering fifty pages of jargon copied out of a medical textbook; or a political article without having the most basic information obscured by mountains of trivia (did you know that the most important thing to know about Super Tuesday is that someone once called it “The Tuesday of Destiny”?)

    Travel articles are heading the same way. The amount of “information” is vanishingly small compared to the B.S., and the ratio is shrinking by the second.

  4. #3: Perhaps someone should invent a “Simple Wikipedia” then, I’m sure that the new word would not be [citation needed], but [simplification needed]. ;) (I guess there is already one.)

  5. #3 — It might not affect your conclusions, but you should know that Wikitravel isn’t a Wikimedia (Wikipedia) project.

  6. Ratdreams hit the nail on the head. Why would you want to print this thing out, when you could access even more current info by logging into the site… This seems to be moving backwards. What we really need are better e-books.
    — A “real book” publisher

  7. It is digital and wireless (well, depending on your Internet connection). Every word in the printed guide is available here:

    Wikitravel Press just provides the same info in a handy package for those moments on the road when Internet access is not possible or practical.

  8. Hello all! Just wanted to stop by to explain why the Chicago guide is so long–it covers the entire city. My co-editor & I got interested in this project in part because other commercial guides were so disappointingly shallow in their coverage outside the central business district. Anyway, let the guide speak for itself–all the content is available for free online, so check it out!

    -Peter Fitzgerald

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