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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (174 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Lih, Lloyd James Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With more than 2,000,000 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. Created (and corrected) by anyone with access to a computer, this impressive assemblage of knowledge is growing at an astonishing rate of more than 30,000,000 words a month. Now for the first time, a Wikipedia insider tells the story of how it all happened—from the first glimmer of an idea to the global phenomenon it’s become.

Andrew Lih has been an administrator at Wikipedia for more than four years, as well as a regular host of the weekly Wikipedia podcast. In The Wikipedia Revolution, he details the site’s inception in 2001, its evolution, and its remarkable growth, while also explaining its larger cultural repercussions. Wikipedia is not just a website; it’s a global community of contributors who have banded together out of a shared passion for making knowledge free. 

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  • “An easy, nontech, intriguing read about a Web miracle that today rivals Encyclopaedia Britannica, according to well-respected publications, in the quality of many of its articles.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Tracing Wikipedia’s evolution and expansion to international editions, Lih views the encyclopedia as a ‘global community of passionate scribes,’ attributing its success to a policy of openness which is ‘not so much technical phenomenon as social phenomenon.’”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 1/17/2014

    " Quick informative read on the history of wikis and wikipedia that also touches on many web content developments in the last decade in an approachable way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jared | 12/26/2013

    " Everything you could ever want to know about Wikipedia - and more. A thorough overview. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 12/17/2013

    " An interesting historical perspective of the personalities and principles behind Wikipedia. Lih makes a clear argument for why Wikipedia is NOT the World's Greatest Encyclopedia however hard it might be trying. Fascinating information on foreign language Wikis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ken | 11/2/2013

    " I "read" the audiobook edition. Interesting, though it goes too deeply into specific examples in detail of entries and arguments. It was unabridged, but I would have enjoyed an abridged version more. "

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About the Author

Andrew Lih spent ten years as an academic in new media and journalism at Columbia University and Hong Kong University. He has been an administrator at Wikipedia for over four years and a commentator on new media, technology, and journalism issues on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. Lih is based in Beijing.