GooReader

GooReader

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 7 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.5
  • Total Downloads:
    27,126
  • Date Added:
    November 06, 2012
  • File Size:
    18.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    75
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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We'll admit that the first thing we thought of when GooReader was mentioned wasn't Google Books, though that was the second thing. We didn't bother to explore the first possibility, which is just as well because GooReader turned out to be a pretty nice free e-book reader for Google Books. As you know, Google is into everything, including e-books, and in a big way. It offers quick access to millions of titles, many of them free, and helps you manage your e-book purchases. Its animated 3D graphics give the e-books a realistic appearance.

You'll need to sign in to your Google Account to access Google Books and manage your Library. GooReader opened with its search field containing the word "Life." We added "the Universe & Everything in It" and clicked the Search icon. Seconds later our virtual bookshelf filled with a variety of titles, the first of which was "Life, the Universe and Everything" by Douglas Adams, author of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. That's what we hoped it would find, and it was a good start.

We quickly downloaded the title and clicked Library. The 3D view rotated to display our Library shelf, which contained not only our newly downloaded title but also a copy of "GooReader for Dummies," subtitled "Quick Start Guide." We clicked the Open Book icon, which opened a virtualized view of the first spread of pages. The rendering includes realistic shading and other 3D effects, making for quite a realistic representation of an actual book open on our desktop. We could turn pages with our cursor or by clicking navigation arrows, as well as magnify, zoom, rotate, print, draw on, and export pages.

Some fear that digital media will spell the end of paper books, but Google Books is just the latest venture to demonstrate that electrons are just as good as trees for presenting text and way better for storing it. Far from eliminating books, e-books have placed millions of titles within easy grasp of anyone with an Internet connection and a Web browser. Does that sound like progress to you? It does to us!

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"DO NOT BUY - IT'S A RIP OFF!"

September 10, 2012  |  By kieranlewis

 |  Version: GooReader 4.0

Pros

Nice looking interface. About it.

Cons

The inability to read Google Books I had bought made me frustrated. The website was extremely deceptive in the features.

Hoping for a refund.

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2 stars

"good for free books bu not all your paid-for books"

June 29, 2012  |  By pgscott

 |  Version: GooReader 4.0

Pros

Nice looking interface, but didn't explore any further when I found it would not download one of my two paid-for google books.

Cons

Evidently some paid for google books are DRM protected, some are not, and even though I can login to google in the gooreader app, it won't read one of the books. However I can freely read it with ipad, iphone webbrowser google play readers, So why bother with a different reader for just the free ones?

Summary

Nice to read through free Google Books. Stick with Play Books readers for ones you purchase

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3 stars

"love what it does"

March 19, 2011  |  By jamesofrank

 |  Version: GooReader 2.0

Pros

can find most books

Cons

cannot figure out how to look at one page at a time

Summary

great item. Shared with my whole address book.

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1 stars

"Unusable!!"

March 19, 2011  |  By smit8100

 |  Version: GooReader 2.0

Pros

No pros noted.

Cons

Too complicated compared with other e-readers. Unusable.

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4 stars

"FREE N EASY"

March 18, 2011  |  By rockgardenrail

 |  Version: GooReader 2.0

Pros

Can go to the library without leaving home.

Cons

A few of the books I was interested in were actually just scans of the book's pages-imperfect and missing words near the bindings. I could however, get the gist of the writing style to determine if I wanted to continue with the title or not.

Summary

I really will use this...imperfections and all.

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5 stars

"Beautiful UI, ability to download entire books as PDF"

February 25, 2011  |  By chuck_e_g

 |  Version: GooReader 2.0

Pros

Nice-looking GUI. Search functionality is good. Ability to download docs to PDF is fantastic.

Cons

The only negative is a minor one: $20 isn't much nowadays, and all it adds is the download capability. So for the cost of about 2 amazon eBooks.

Summary

Awesome functionality for free, and for $20, unlimited PDFs downloads of books when the "full text" is on google books.

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1 stars

"Don't bother"

October 04, 2010  |  By gongdew

 |  Version: GooReader 1.8

Pros

Absolutely none

Cons

Too numerous to list

Summary

Virtually ever other ereader is better.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.5
Version 4.5 adds support for reading and downloading books from Google Play.
General
Publisher Alfa.NetSoft
Publisher web site http://alfaebooks.com
Release Date November 01, 2012
Date Added November 06, 2012
Version 4.5
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory E-book Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements Microsoft.Net Framework 4.0
Download Information
File Size 18.11MB
File Name gooreader.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 27,126
Downloads Last Week 75
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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