How Much Shelf Space Would Wikipedia Occupy?
Has anyone calculated the shelf space that Wikipedia would occupy if it were printed and bound like a print encyclopedia?
- John MahowaldLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Currently English at 14 GB 1798m words would be 1473 volumes across 74 meters of shelf space.
- MosesLv 61 decade ago
If it were printed and bound *like a print encyclopedia,* that implies that the articles would first have to be reviewed, fact-checked, and deemed worthy of inclusion like a print encyclopedia too... Since the only Wikipedia articles for which anything like that has happened are those that have completed the Featured Article Review process, my guess is the space required would be about 5 inches.
That's not bad, though - if you printed all of the hardcore pornographic images on Wikimedia Commons, fully bound, that would only come out to roughly 3.5 inches, depending on your definition of "hardcore."