How To Download Google Books As A PDF File [Mac]

gbd   How To Download Google Books As A PDF File [Mac]Google comes up with the coolest services. Every time I look at the diversity of the things it can do, my jaw drops in awe. If you don’t agree with me, well — just think back. This little company began amazing us by providing the largest email inbox in history. Email! And now? We can’t live without Google’s services.

Google Books is one of the offerings that completely blows my mind. The fact that I can now read magazines that was published way back before I was even born is absolutely astounding. The only teensy-weensy flaw that makes me cringe is the lack of offline support. If the magazine or classic that I’m reading is free, then it should be made freely available — even offline.

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That’s where Google Book Downloader comes in. Apparently Varun wrote about a similar application for Windows a while back. Just to clear any confusion, that app was called Melon Google Books Downloader and weirdly, it seems to have disappeared.

This nifty Mac application allows you to download Google Books as PDF files and read them offline just like any other ebook you download. You can then sync those files to your iPhone, Android or any other mobile device which supports PDF. It’s very simple to use and quick too. Let’s run through it once, shall we?

Download the application from the developer’s site hac the planet. As you can plainly see from the site, Google Book Downloader was designed to run with Leopard. However, I’m running Snow Leopard and the application works without a glitch.

Perform the usual ritual of mounting the DMG and dragging the app to your Applications folder. Then there’s nothing left for you to do but run it. Basically, the app is a downloader and compiler. So don’t expect a juicy graphical user interface. All you get is an input field and a big Download button.

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Let me first point out that not all ebooks can be downloaded from Google Books. If you’re thinking that you will be able to download complete copies of ebooks with limited preview, I’m sorry to disappoint you. Again, only free ebooks will be available for download.

In order to make any free ebook from Google Books into a PDF, copy the URL and paste it into the input field in Google Book Downloader. Hit Download and watch the magic happen.

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Google Book Downloader will retrieve the title of the ebook along with the contents and compile them into a nice little PDF. Now you will be able to read the ebook offline or on the go with your mobile device.

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As with every application, we have to discover the options Google Book Downloader allows. The only notable preference here is the width of the resulting document. Google Books Downloader will let you customise the width of the output PDF file. Why is this cool? Well because if the ebook is mainly text, then you can select to have the width equal the original document. However, if the ebook is mainly images, you can save some space by downsizing it — making it easier to copy over to and view from your mobile device.

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Google Book Downloader works only on Mac OS X 10.5 and above. Download it here.

Do you prefer reading ebooks online or offline? Do you prefer having your ebook with you on the go? Are you familiar with any other tool that lets download Google Books ebooks as PDF files. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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15 Comments -

Nick

Completely awesome! Just downloaded and it works flawlessly. Now to find a few items I want to transfer to the iPhone!

The Geek

wow. before this I didn’t even know google books existed, let alone downloadable! thanks :D

Roberta

Good Day,
Is there a Windows program that does the same?
Thank You,
Roberta

Chris

Roberta, the Google Books that are free downloadable can be downloaded in either PDF or EPUB format, so we don’t need additional programs for Windows I think.

http://books.google.com/books?…

At the right top corner, there is a download link you can either choose one of these formats.

Chris

Roberta, the Google Books that are free downloadable can be downloaded in either PDF or EPUB format, so we don’t need additional programs for Windows I think.

http://books.google.com/books?id=J04YAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_slider_thumb#v=onepage&q=&f=false

At the right top corner, there is a download link you can either choose one of these formats.

Roberta

@Chris
Thank You Very Much!!

Best Regards,
Roberta

Kuldeep

Does it mean I can download all available full version book as PDF.

Brian

Great How to! I wasn’t aware of Google Books before as well. I believe that this would be a great resource for college students or instructors to incorporate articles into their lessons.

Marcelle

Oh my! Please find a option for PC users! I know you will :)

hac

There is an application for Windows that is no longer under development. The links on this page might help you: http://wiki.github.com/hac/googlebookdownloader/related-projects

hac

There is an application for Windows that is no longer under development. The links on this page might help you: http://wiki.github.com/hac/goo

AK

nice app but one problem
it’s only downloading 50 pages
anyway great app

AK

nice app but one problem
it’s only downloading 50 pages
anyway great app
for example book is 300 pages u get only 50 pages

Tom

The website appears to be down.

Can anyone email me the application?

Thanks so much – tom.mclean@grecon.com.au

Tom

The website appears to be down.

Can anyone email me the application?

Thanks so much – tom.mclean@grecon.com.au