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Google Books Downloader Downloads Google Books to PDF and JPG

If you’re looking for a way to download and format shift books and magazines found in Google Books, Google Books Downloader can help.

Google Books Downloader takes what you can see in Google Books and downloads it either as a PDF file or as a series of JPGs. The key to using Google Books Downloader successfully is to understand that it can only download what you can see sitting at your computer. It isn’t tapping into some secret back-end resource at Google to siphon books down; it is simply converting the pages you see that are “stuck” in Google Books into a format you can use elsewhere.

As such you can download the entire book if it is marked “Full Preview”, part of the book if it is marked “Preview” (useful if you’re trying to save pages for a research project and don’t need the whole book), and none of the book if it is only “Snippet View”. The process works on anything you can find in Google Books including magazines.

Google Books Downloader is free, Windows only.

Google Books Downloader [via Addictive Tips]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/29/11

Comments (12)

  1. ion

    Something similar for scribd?

  2. trinity343

    is there something to converts from a .txt to the google books format?

  3. BadJasper

    Wow “Maria”, ever thought about getting a real job loser?

    Now that that is aside, I don’t know if it’s an adobe version issue or not, but the .pdf’s won’t open in Acrobat 9 or reader 10. The .jpg conversion works fine though.

  4. OtterPop

    Works fine in my Acrobat, 8.

    But it doesn’t download all the pages of books I have bought. What I want: remove the DRM on my books for fair uses. There are some hacks out there, but they mangle the formatting.

    @BadJasper -thanks for keeping the net di**wad quotient up.

  5. Odin

    How many books would Google books downloader download if Google books downloader could download books.

  6. ed

    The link Google Books Downloader takes you to a site reported UNSAFE.

  7. alt

    This thing doesn’t work. Didn’t output anywhere.

  8. talachan

    how about in linux anybody know how to donwload

  9. ashley

    linked site was blocked – something about Malicious software – geek’s do we need to whip out a can of whip ass??

  10. Engl

    its not working properly… misses pages …..images….

  11. samruay

    good to geft

  12. shameer

    thanks thanks a lot.

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