Ever thought of having all your books digitalized? Well if you have ever had such a thought then you have gotten your answer. Google Books has everything you need in terms of books. ‘The Google Books’ was formerly known as Google Book Search, Google Print, or its code name Project Ocean.

Google Books

Google Books’ is a service provided by Google. This booking service by Google searches the full text of magazines and books scanned and converted to text by Google using software or tool known as optical character recognition, also known as OCR. These books are therefore stored in digital databases.

The books provided and accessed on this platform are available or provided by publishers and authors via the partner program. Books on this platform are also available via Google’s library partners via the library project.

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The Google Books

Google Books have been in existence for a long time now, although it is not everyone that knows about this program and platform. Google is also in partnership with various magazine publications to digitize their archives. The publisher program by Google was first introduced to the public as Google Print at the Frankfurt Book Fair back in October 2004.

There are many digital book platforms in the world, but Google Books’ own initiative is by far the most impressive of them all. This initiative has been hailed by users all over the world. Google Books has one of the best and richest of not the best and richest library of digital books in the world. If you love books, then you also will love this platform and all its services offered.

The number of books scanned into the archives of this platform as of October 2015, was over 25 million. At the same time 2019, when Google celebrated 15 years of the platform, it was on record that the number of scanned texts on the platform was over 40 million.

Of all the estimated 130 million distinct titles in the world, estimated back in 2010, Google plans on scanning all of them into its databases. When you search for books on this platform, the results will be provided in both the universal Google search and the Google books search website (www.books.google.com).

Is Google Books Free

Now that you already know how the books accessed on this platform are provided, here are some things you need to know before you venture into accessing the library because I know that you can’t wait.

Just a little more. There has always been a question asked whenever this platform is brought up in the spotlight. Well, users of this platform already know the answer to the question. But other users on the other hand who are new to the platform, may want to know. Are the books on Google Books free?

The books on the platform are available for free, but some on the other hand are not. A book on the platform may be displayed as free or not. In other words, a book that is available for free on the platform will carry the free option next to it, while the ones that are not available for free will carry the price tag instead.

Google Books Access Levels

There are four main access levels used on the Google Books platform and I will be sharing them with you in a bit. These four levels are the full view, preview, snippet view, and no preview. The full-view access can be downloaded for free. The books in the public domain of Google Books are available in full view, meaning they can all be downloaded for free.

The preview access level on the other hand gives users a certain amount or number of pages for free viewing. However, users are restricted from copying or downloading book previews. All books cured on this platform via the partner program are available for preview.

Another access level, the no preview view is unique. Books that have not been digitized by the Google platform are also displayed. However, since their texts have not been scanned, they are not searchable; hence Google will only make available info such as the title, author-publisher, ISBN, subject, title, and copyright information.

In some cases, however, a summary of the book and table of contents is also made available. Lastly, the snippet view is a view whereby selected lines from the text surrounding a searched query are displayed. This is done in a case where Google does not have the permission of the copyright owner to display a preview.

How To Get Access To Google Books

Anyone can get access to this platform. You do not really need to have a Google account to access the features of this platform. But on the other hand, if you have a Google account, it might come in handy. All you need to access this platform is a device that can connect you to the internet seamlessly.

Once this is in place, go to Google Books. You can search for books on this platform and you can also get access to a library of books. Note, books that are for sale will carry the price tag. While the ones that are available for free on the other hand will carry the free tab or no amount.

How to Download the Google Books Free

For Andriod

Download read books on your device

  • Make sure your Android phone or tablet is connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Open the Google Play Books app.
  • Tap the book you want to download.
  • You can also tap More. Download to save the book for offline reading.                          Once the book is saved to your device, a Downloaded icon will appear.

Download using Wi-Fi only

To avoid data charges, you can download ebooks using Wi-Fi only. To turn this feature on or off:

  • On your phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books app
  • At the top right, tap your profile picture.
  • Tap Play Books Settings  Download over Wi-Fi only.

For computer

  • On your computer, go to your library.
  • On the book you want to download, click More
  • To download the file type you prefer, click Export as EPUB or Export as PDF.              If you choose an EPUB file: You can read your book with a reading app like iBooks or Adobe Digital Editions.                                                                                              If you choose a PDF file: You can read your book with a PDF reader like Chrome or Acrobat Reader.

Some publishers don’t allow any file downloads. You can’t download rented books.

On your iPhone and iPad

Download & read books on your device

  • On a mobile browser, like Safari, open play.google.com/store/books.
  • Sign in to the same Google Account as the one you have on your Google Play Books app.
  • Tap the book you want to download.

Make sure your iPhone or iPad is connected to the internet.


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