WikiPub: WikiLeaks on your eBook reader

I read. I read a lot. I do not nec­es­sar­ily read as fast as the folks that can power through a book in a week­end, but I get a lot of enjoy­ment out of it nonethe­less. Part of this read­ing occurs dur­ing my daily com­mute.

Recently, I man­aged to grab a copy of the WikiLeaks cable­gate archive. It’s pretty easy if you know where to look and know how to oper­ate BitTorrent. I wanted to read the cables in the morn­ings, but ran into a few snags. When down­load­ing a mir­ror of the cables, you get a whole bunch of HTML files that are for­mat­ted for a desk­top browser. I do most of my read­ing on the iPhone and only occa­sion­ally switch to the iPad (if I’m not jug­gling a travel mug, mes­sen­ger bag, and tran­sit pass). It was easy enough to load the zip into GoodReader, extract the raw HTML, and browse it within that app, but it really wasn’t a good read­ing expe­ri­ence on the small screen due to for­mat­ting.

What I really wanted was some­thing I could load into iBooks. I wanted some­thing I could book­mark, under­line, and search that was nicely for­mat­ted and word-wrapped for the screen. I wanted WikiLeaks as an ePub file. That’s where this project comes in.

Read more and get the down­load on the project page...

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Brian Enigma is a Portlander, manipulator of atoms & bits, minor-league blogger, and all-around great guy. He typically writes about the interesting “maker” projects he's working on, but sometimes veers off into puzzles, software, games, local news, and current events.