How To Copy Preview Pages Of Books From Google Books Website


 Last Updated August 22nd, 2017

 I have already shown you how to copy book preview pages from Google Books website with the free tool called FSS Google Books Downloader.

Here is another even simpler method on how to copy all the available preview pages from books featured in Google Books site.

It also uses a free open-source software. It is simply called Google Books Downloader.

Similarly, you can save the preview pages in PDF, JPEG or PNG format.

But for MAC users, you can only save the free preview pages in PNG format only.

Here is how you do it.

Download, Install And Setup Google Books Downloader


1. Download and install Google Books Downloader tool.

2. Launch or open it.

copy preview pages with Google Books Downloader

3. As you can see from the interface, you can select the "Output Format" and the "Resolution" of your choice.

4. For the "Output Format", if you just want to read the preview pages, then set it at "PDF".

5. But if you want to use the text and you like to edit it, then set it "JPEG". 

6. Next you set where you want to save the copied preview pages by clicking on the button next to empty space below "Output Folder".

7. When you click on it, a box pops up.

how to copy preview pages from books in Google Books website

8. Select the location where you want to save your book preview pages.

9. Then click on the "OK" button.

How To Copy Preview Pages Of Books From Google Books Site


1. Go to Google Books site.

2. Type in the book title in the empty space provided and click on the magnifying glass icon or press the "Enter" key.

copy preview pages books from Google Books Website

3. Make sure the the book which you like to copy must has the word "Preview" under the book title.

copy free preview pages of books from Google Books site

4. If it doesn't have the word "Preview" or it has just the word "Snippet view", then it means you CANNOT copy the preview pages from this particular book.

5. In other words, you can only copy the preview pages, if the book featured in Google Books, has the word "Preview".

6. Click on the word "Preview" and it open a new page with all the free available preview pages.

how to copy book preview pages from Google Books site

7. Now copy the full URL of the book from the address bar right at top of the computer screen.

free preview pages from books in Google Books website

8. Paste the URL onto the space below "Google Book URL:"

how to copy preview pages with Google Books Downloader tool

9. Then click on the "Start" button.

10. A rectangular box pops up and starts downloading the tables, the pages and then converting them.

how to copy preview pages from Google Books site tutorial

11. You need to wait for a while for it to finish processing.

12. Once it is finished, a box pops up.

copy book preview pages in Google Books
13. Click the "No" button.

Note: The "Yes" option is for those who want the full book and you need to pay for it.

14. It's done.

15. If you set the "Output Format" at "JPEG", then you will see this kind of randomly-named folder on the location where you have saved.

preview pages of books from Google Books

16. But if you set the "Output Format" as "PDF", then you will find a similar file as shown below:

copy and save preview pages from Google Books

17. You can change the random name to other name of your own choice.

18. To read your saved preview pages from the book, double click on the folder or file.

19. For those of you who set "Output Format" as "JPEG", then you can see a number of pages/files in JPEG format inside the folder.

20.  Whereas for those who saved it as "PDF", then it will automatically open your preview pages with "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC".

Note: At this stage all these preview pages CANNOT be edited.

If you want to edit the text from these preview pages, you need to convert them to PDF or Word format to be editable.

You can do it with the free online editors.

Here is how you do it.

Make JPEG Format Text Editable With OCR


1. First go to this free OCR tool.

2. First you select the language to be used and for the "Output formats", choose "Microsoft Word (docx)".

convert JPEG to Word with OCR tool
3. Click on the "Select File..." button.

4. A box pops up.

how to convert JPEG files to editable Word Format

5. Select a page from your book preview pages folder and click on it.

6. Then click on the "Open" button.

7. Once the process is finished, a blue color horizontal line will run across the page.

8. The captcha code next to a box pops up under the blue line.

OCR tool convert JPEG to Word format
 9. Now enter the same captcha code (numbers) into the empty box provided.

10. Next you click on the "Convert" button.

11. Wait for it to finish processing.

Optical Character Recognition OCR converts JPEG to Word
12. Once it has finished, you will see the text appears below.

13. Now this text can be edited and copied.

how to convert JPEG to Word With OCR
14. Just hover your cursor over the text and click on it. It is just like the normal Word format.

15. This how you convert the JPEG file to Word, so that you can edit the text.

16. That's all.


Written by: Kher Cheng Guan