Sunday, March 22, 2009

How to download google books



Recently I have found a way to download Google books, which I am sharing here, this is for educational purpose only(for google too!!)
After extensive searching I found three ways, two of them no longer works or didn't work for me, first is a software called Google book downloader which is suppose to download books in PDF format, I tried its recent GBD-0.1.0.alpha8 version but it didn't work for me, second I tried a website leechvideo which again didn't work.

Idea which worked successfully is this

First of all you need Firefox, IE doesnt work

Then install add on Greasemonkey , search through firefox add on, you should easily find this, it allows you to run various screepts through your browser, which can modify appearance of websites, after complete installation icon will appear on lower right of your browser

Now you will need a script called [ Userscript ] Google Book Downloader, after installing this script whenever you will open the google books site, you will find a download button on upper right hand corner, click on it, it will list all the availabe pages of the books

Then one last plugin called FlashGot, this will download all the pages you have selected, just rignt click after selecting the pages and then click FlashGot Selected, or click FlashGot all for all pages


TRAPS IN this method: there are few points where you might get trapped,

dont try to install userscript before installing greasymonkey

dont search for books from www.google.com, because links generated is not compatible with this method, rather go direcly to http://books.google.com

In flashGot options select "browser built in", option rather than w-get

Downloaded pages are saved without extension (i.e, *.jpg, *.png), google uses either jpg or png format randomly for different pages in the same book, so you will have to apply correct extension by trial and error method(tiring thing) before you will be able to open the page in windows, If you are using UBUNTU, all pages can be opened without extension because Ubuntu recongnises format without using extension as windows does

converting to PDF with acrobat pro will require the correct extension behind name of every picture file generated even if you are using Ubuntu, but this is easier with Ubuntu as file property will tell you the correct format

and last thing you can download only available pages , so search for only full view books

All the best, dont forget to comment about your experience, your suggestion are welcome

39 comments:

  1. Thanks for the helpful tips. I've tried Greasemonkey + Flashgot, and I'd like to note that files are not named according to the names displayed, but rather saved as book, book(1), book(2) ... etc. Also Google restricts the number of images that can be accessed per book. So while downloading is possible, it is with difficulty. It is nevertheless very kind of Google to allow people to view books online.

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  2. Hi, thanks for sharing, as per my experience pages saved are named by page number, so creating PDF is easier as they will be organized properly automatically, only we have to add correct extension
    second point, I didnt have any problem regarding google restriction of number of images that can be accessed per book, however I have tried only full view books

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    1. how you do that? please share your experience..

      thanks in advance

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  3. You don't need anything. The images are stored in Firefox cache.

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  4. dear anonymous, to use images from cache you will have to see all pages of the book, that will take much more time and affort,virutally impossible task

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  5. hey, thank you for sharing! i'm at linux only since 5 years till now... before reading this i used opera cache and converted the cached images to .pdf. your tips made downloading the books quite easier.

    best regards

    demacus

    P.S: until now i own all the books i downloaded, but not in the earliest state

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  6. here i am again, its 00:06 am in germany... not to sound crazy...

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  7. I can't download all the page! Is there any way to download all the pages in a pdf format?

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  8. dear friend,
    only full view books can be fully downloaded, many books are available as previews with few pages removed from them. It is impossible to download if it is not there.

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  9. till someone write a programme specifically designed to download all pages and convert them to PDF, I guess this task has to be done manually.

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  10. Hi guys! Thanks for information posted. I tried to make this working but had no success. After adding greasymonkey and the script afterwards, I could not open google book site anymore. The message I get from google is "We're sorry...
    ... but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.
    See Google Help for more information."
    My system is Ubintu and the Firefox is ver.3.5.8.
    How do you think what could be the problem

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  11. Dear friend, when I read your comment I thought that google has done something to prevent books download by above described method, so I tried this myself. There is no problem in this method. It appears that there is some problem with your system. Can you surf books site again after removing the script?

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  12. really thax man.....may be tedious job to download page by page......something is better than nothing.....

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  13. @anonymous re: "It is nevertheless very kind of Google to allow people to view books online." i guess you mean to thank the authors for writing the book. that's where the work is. in most cases, google simply stole the books from the writers and publishers - don't thank google for stealing. they have enough capital to pay authors for their work, but they don't. google just dropped them in a machine for automated digitisation. i am still waiting for a better download solution straight to PDF (working on linux).

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  14. Hi! i've downloaded everything:
    - flashgot
    - greasemonkey
    - userscript: Google book downloader
    but everytime i click flashgot selection, it says:
    "Download manager not properly installed. Incorrect function."
    what does this mean?
    what should i do?

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  15. I have downloaded grease monkey. No problems there. however, when i try downloading google book downloader, a page full of computer lingo (Script) comes up. Any suggestions? and Can i only download books with full preview and not books with limited preview. Could please mail me the full solution to my id
    krishmetalz@gmail.com?, Thanks a lot.

    regards
    Abhinav

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  16. Also, is it possible for me to use Orbit downloader instead of the FlashGot downloader?

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  18. You're welcome Fernartal, I am glad you like it. BTW I cant read spanish, though I tried.

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  19. Thanks for the post! As you said "as per my experience pages saved are named by page number", I was wondering how you setup the options of flashgot, and/or something else? After the download links are generated, the texts shown on the links are page numbers, but after downloaded by flashgot, the image files are not numbered as books(1), books(2), books(3), books(4), etc. Anyone knows how to automatically name the files as their actual page numbers? Thanks!

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  20. Sorry, by "after downloaded by flashgot, the image files are not numbered as books(1), books(2), books(3), books(4), etc. ", I mean to say "after downloaded by flashgot, the image files are numbered as books(1), books(2), books(3), books(4), etc. "

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  21. Actually, with a little freeware program called Extension Renamer, you can select all the files you want and change the extensions all at once to whatever you want such as .png, .jpg etc.

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  22. I have downloaded everything, however, i still don't get the download button on books.google. I don't get it. HELP! Thanks in advance

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  23. Hi Jodi, download button should appear when you have installed, the userscript with greasy monkey. One of this two is probably not installed properly. I hopefully assume that you are using firefox.

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  24. I got the same result here: after downloaded by flashgot, the image files are numbered as books, books(1), books(2), books(3), books(4), etc.

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  25. i can't open files downloaded by FlashGot from google books .please answer me.how can i understand which file extention it belongs?
    nahidchow@gmail.com

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  26. thanks so much - i have been looking for a way to download from google books for weeks! this is the only method that worked for me. sweet :)

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  27. hi, I'd like to ask if you get tracked down for downloading google books, with which I mean being picked by the book's publisher or google for doing this. I'm in a "continental european" country, and where I live lawyers are eager to do such for torrent downloads. how is the risk in the case of books? thank you for responses! :)

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  28. Well friend, honestly I have no idea about europe, but I can say where I am living, you can throw all laws in a dustbin with grace.

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  29. pattaiya kelapiteenga sir

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  30. when i select to download at the same time multiple pages(more than 10) some of them are corrupted..do you know how i can fix that?

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  31. No Windows é mole baixar livros completos no Google,usa esse programa aqui:http://www.baixaki.com.br/download/google-books-downloader.htm
    No linux só vai dar para baixar uma página por vez, se for poucas páginas,e vc tiver paciência, as dicas funcionaram comigo, foi boa a sugestão de baixar direto do navegador, mas é apenas 1 pagina por vez...

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  32. Windows is soft download full books on Google, using this program here: http://www.baixaki.com.br/download/google-books-downloader.htm
    In linux will only take to download a page at a time, if only a few pages, and you have the patience, the tips worked for me, was a good suggestion to download straight from your browser, but it is only one page at a time ...

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  33. greasemonkey and userscript has been installed but still couldnt get the download button. I am using firefox 36.0.4 version. is it compatible? operating system is win 7

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