Wikitravel Press (WTP) is an independent company that will publish printed guidebooks based on Wikitravel content. This article covers relations between Wikitravel the website and Wikitravel Press the company. Please see also the Wikitravel Press FAQ.
Wikitravel Press is a commercial venture, owned and operated by Jani, Michele and Evan. Internet Brands has licensed the Wikitravel trademark to the company, but is not managing and does not own the company. Books will be sold at competitive prices (typically US$10-20 plus shipping and other fees), initially through the Web and later through other channels. Per the Wikitravel copyleft, the books themselves will also be subject to the same Creative Commons license as Wikitravel Web pages, so they can be copied and reused freely.
Wikitravel Press will hire book editors to assemble relevant destination guides, abridge or expand them, and make final copy-editing and fact-checking tasks. Where this work coincides with the Wikitravel manual of style, they'll contribute that work directly back onto wikitravel.org.
On related Wikitravel destination guide pages, there will be non-intrusive links to the wikitravelpress.com site to buy a copy of the book that includes that guide. As usual, input from the community will be an important part of the process in determining the placement of these links.
WTP expects to begin shipping the first titles in the Wikitravel Press travel guide series in Fall 2007. The initial books will be pre-assembled; typical books will be city guidebooks, regional guidebooks, and country guidebooks. The first books will be in English, but we hope to quickly provide guidebooks in other Wikitravel languages. In the future WTP hopes to provide "ad hoc" books, so you can assemble a guidebook from several different destinations.
- Wikitravel:3 August 2007 - original announcement