The Wikipedia Revolution


With more 4 million individual articles on everything from Aa! (a Japanese pop group) to Zzyzx, California, written by an army of volunteer contributors, Wikipedia is the #8 site on the World Wide Web.

Andrew Lih, an academic and Wikipedian tells the story of how it all happened — from the first glimmer of an idea to the global phenomenon.

The book traces what enabled the creation of Wikipedia, starting with the Internet culture that inspired the hacker ethos, USENET, and the Free Software movement. It would be Apple’s forgotten HyperCard project that inspired Ward Cunningham to create the wiki, which became the savior of the original Nupedia encyclopedia started by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales. Read about the fascinating community that gathered online to create an encyclopedia in over 50 languages on every topic known to mankind.

How a bunch of nobodies created the world’s greatest Encyclopedia

Other books have surfaced... but Lih's authoritative approach covers much more.

- Publishers Weekly
  January 12, 2009

An easy, nontech, intriguing read about a Web “miracle” that today rivals the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

- Booklist Starred Review
  February 15, 2009