Wikipedia:Pelican Books

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P This editor has been given a Pelican Book through Wikimedia UK and The Wikipedia Library.

Pelican Books is a reference book publisher and a sister to Penguin Books. Pelican has now been relaunched and the first five titles of the series are available now. Paid access to Pelican Books costs £4.99 per book (though the first chapter of each book can be read for free).

In November 2014 Pelican Books kindly gave 50 of their Ebooks for Wikipedia editors to use, distributed at the discretion of the community. Editors who have received one Pelican Book and used it to improve Wikipedia can apply for other Pelican books.


The following titles are currently available:

  • Greek and Roman Political Ideas (2014) by Melissa Lane
  • The Domesticated Brain (2014) by Bruce Hood
  • Economics: The User's Guide (2014) by Ha-Joon Chang
  • The Russian Revolution (2014) by Orlando Figes
  • Human Evolution (2014) by Robin Dunbar
  • Classical Literature (2015) by Richard Jenkyns
  • Who Governs Britain? (2015) by Anthony King
  • How to See The World (2015) by Nicholas Mirzoeff
  • The Meaning of Science (2015) by Tim Lewens
  • Social Class in the 21st Century (2015) by Mike Savage
  • The European Union: A Citizen's Guide (2016) by Chris Bickerton
  • The Caliphate (2016) by Hugh Kennedy


  • You are not resident in the United States (sorry but for commercial reasons Pelican Books are not available in the United States)
  • You have email enabled on the English language Wikipedia;
  • You have added reliably sourced information to the English language Wikipedia
  • You have read the first chapter of your chosen book
  • You tell us which book you want and how you intend to use it to improve Wikipedia.


Approved editors will
  • Comply with Pelican's terms and conditions
Approved editors will not
  • Share a Pelican Ebook with anyone else.
Private and confidential information
  • You will need to set an email address and link it to your account in order to participate. You understand and agree that your username and email address will be shared with representatives of Wikimedia UK who is a registered data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Participating editors are invited to
  • write a blog post for Wikimedia UK or an entry in the UK GLAM newsletter about the E book and how they have used it.
  • Display the Userbox {{Wikipedia:Pelican Books/Userbox}} on their userpage



When citing a book please add the ISBN of the cited book; This increases both accessibility and verifiability for those without that Pelican book, who may then use the automatically-generated ISBN hyperlink. ISBNs can be included in many citation templates (including cite web), by means of the |isbn= parameter. Alternatively, immediately after (outside) the citation and Pelican Books reference templates, simply type the acronym ISBN (with no punctuation) followed by one space and then the 13-digit (preferred) or 10-digit ISBN.


On-wiki signups for this partner are closed. Please apply on the new centralised Library Card platform.
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

  1. I emailed Mr Cardy my request. I hope to see more (than five) books added to the Pelican e-book library! - tucoxn\talk 04:24, 26 November 2014 (UTC)  Done
  2. Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang please (email sent) Edwardx (talk) 11:55, 27 November 2014 (UTC)  Done
  3. The Domesticated Brain which explores the remarkable fact that human brains have been shrinking in recent millenia. Andrew D. (talk) 11:17, 29 November 2014 (UTC)  Done
  4. 1. Poland, 2. Revolutionary Russia,3. History of Russia and history of communism Marcelus (talk) 18:58, 16 December 2014 (UTC)  Done
  5. Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 (email sent). Esmost πк 22:14, 17 December 2014 (UTC)  Done
  6. Economics: The User's Guide. I read his book "Bad Samaritans" and made some edits to his article. It would be nice to read a more generalised work on economics by him. --Shabidoo | Talk 06:43, 18 December 2014 (UTC)  Done
  7. Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991. Great initiative!—indopug (talk) 17:19, 21 December 2014 (UTC)  Done
  8. Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991. I'm old enough to have owned quite a few of the original imprint! Pincrete (talk) 16:40, 31 December 2014 (UTC) Done
  9. Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang, to understand more about the topics. DanGong (talk) 16:53, 30 July 2015 (UTC)  Done
  10. Greek and Roman Political Ideas by Melissa Lane. I hope to put it to work right away on my current project (a revised Romulus and Remus article). Thanks. Informata ob Iniquitatum (talk) 09:29, 20 November 2016 (UTC)
    @InformationvsInjustice: Assuming your user page is correct (email me if it isn't), unfortunately I can't give you a code because this partnership is limited to non-US editors. We've recently been looking into restarting it properly and one aspect of that is finding out if the geographical limitation is still required; I'll get back to you if we find out it isn't. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:26, 20 November 2016 (UTC)
    @Samwalton9:Alas, that is correct, I am located in the United States. I'm sorry if I missed that in the requirements. Please let me know what you find out about the geographical limitation. Thanks. Informata ob Iniquitatum (talk) 08:36, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.
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