Google book website allows to download public domain books (Out-of-copyright books) as PDF by providing a download link. But what if you want to download a coveted book from google books which does not have a download link. Google book downloader comes to help in this situation.
- Windows installer 3.1 (2.5 MB)
- .NET framework 3.5 (offline installer 231.50 MB or bootstrap (internet setup) 2.82 MB)
- Google book downloader (Visit Google book downloader Homepage) by CodePlex- Open Source Project Hosting
How to download a book:
- Open the http://books.google.co.in. Click on 'Advanced Book Search' link.
- Type Keywords to search books
- Select 'Limited preview and full view' category. There are four categories. Meaning of each is explained below.
- 'Public domain only': This category consists of Out-of-copyright books. Not all 'public domain books' are provided with download link. Many of them can be downloaded directly from google using download link. All books in this category (with and without download link)can be downloaded by using Google book downloader.
- 'Full view only': This category consists of 'Public domain only' books and books for which author or publisher has given permission for full view(Remember that these are In-copyright books and do not have a download link). All books in this category can be downloaded by using Google book downloader.
- 'Limited preview and full view': This category consists of 'Full view only' books and books with few browsable pages (If you download these books then downloaded file may miss some pages). The author or publisher of book decides how much of the book is browsable (From a few sample pages to the whole book). All books in this category can be downloaded by using Google book downloader.
- 'All books': This category consists of 'Limited preview and full view' books and books which have no preview available (These books can not be downloaded by Google book downloader).
- Choose other options according to your need and search the book. click on the book link. You will find a 'link' option on right corner above preview, click it to get the book link.
- Open Google book downloader and in File->Add Book..., paste the book link. Click on the search and you will get the book found at the url within few seconds. Check it and click queue. Now you can set advanced options by right clicking on the book name in main window. Set appropriate options according to your need and start download. If you close the window while it is downloading, all downloaded work which is not saved will be lost so remember to save the work in GBD format (if not completely downloade) supported by google book downloader or convert it into PDF by exporting into 'iTextSharp PDF' (If download is complete).
GBD is a robot which uses script to generate automated queries to fetch pages from google book website which is not allowed in TOS by google. You may face following problem if you use GBD.
- GBD doesn't download anything: Google frequently blocks downloading scripts. GBD uses a script robot to download pages from google books so if your GBD doesn't work then get latest version of GBD. It may be possible that your IP is temporarily blocked by http://books.google.com. See next point to workaround this.
- http://books.google.com is blocked: To enforce limits on user page views, google associate some non-personally identifiable information (IP address, cookies) with the books and pages that you've viewed regardless of login. Google uses this information for blocking a GBD user's access to google book website. To get instant access within minutes, change your public IP(reboot your modem to get new public IP) and clear browser cookies. GBD wil start downloading pages as soons as you do this. Use a proxy such as http://dpuu.com if you want to change IP later as it needs modem rebooting. Remember that you need to choose proxies in GBD also to continue downloading in this situation which will reduce download speed.
- http://googlebookdownloader.codeplex.com website is not working: It is noticed that GBD website is no longer working and giving message as in below picture.
You can download Google book downloader setup from
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