Google Books Downloader

Google Books Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.2
out of 8 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5
  • Total Downloads:
    220,573
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 25, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    581.2KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,484
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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As its name implies, Google Books Downloader converts Google Books into PDFs or images available for offline viewing. This very basic software comes with just a handful of options and requires the URL of the book you'd like to download; there is no in-app Google Book store.

Pros

Easy to use: With its main window featuring just a few options, Google Books Downloader is very easy to use. The hardest part is getting the correct book URL from Google Books.

Fast: We tested the app with a 220-page book. Once we pressed Start, it took 3 minutes and 33 seconds for the book to be downloaded, converted, and saved to our desktop.

Features handy options: Despite its basic nature, the app does come with a handful of useful options, namely image resolution, output format, and output directory. The software can generate PDF books as well as JPEG/PNG images with a resolution of up to 1280 pixels.

Cons

Shaky legal ground: Unlike most of its other services, Google ships its books with DRM, meaning that you have to use software approved by Google in order to read its books. This app circumvents this limitation and may be considered unlawful by some.

Bottom Line

If you enjoy Google Books but don't like the idea of reading a book in your Web browser, you may appreciate the convenience of the Google Books Downloader. This freeware is extremely easy to use and will save your book for offline reading in minutes.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"packed with virus"

April 20, 2014  |  By songmingi

 |  Version: Google Books Downloader 2.3

Pros

no pros/ malware and hijacker disguised as a google product

Cons

packed with virus, hijacker, trojan deceptive free software download client promoting Trovi.com browser hijacker

Summary

wow. download.com really? five star editors review software with malware/spyware/hijacker all in one? Download.com used to screen their content for stuff like this, not anymore. I downloaded and installed, got all my browsers hijacked, got bomarded with horrible looking ads, in fear of losing my passwords, etc. spent hours fixing the issue on my pc. This will be the last time I use this site, good luck with your new business model, scheming users

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5 stars

"******* FANTASTIC"

July 21, 2013  |  By rath67

 |  Version: Google Books Downloader 2.3

Pros

SIMPLY, EFFECTIVE, FREE

Cons

NONE NO CONS

Summary

This little piece of software is a life saver. It does what more expensive software could not. Google Books Download is fast quick easy and effective, I LOVE IT.

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1 stars

"You have to accept adware."

May 01, 2013  |  By Pixieguts

 |  Version: Google Books Downloader 2.3

Pros

Couldn't get over that it insists on user accepting adware before installation.

Cons

Who wants ads interfering with normal web browsing? Not me.

Summary

Didn't even install it.

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1 stars

"WARNING: installs Claro Search malware trojan"

February 04, 2013  |  By marnie5

 |  Version: Google Books Downloader 2.3

Pros

The software actually works and will download a max of 3 books per day. You can download the whole book as long as its full view.

Cons

It installs Claro Search and Claro Toolbar into browsers which is a malware trojan like Babylon search. It collects your personal info passwords, credit card numbers etc. Its tricky to remove, installs into the registry and will undo your firewalls and override security settings in your browser and take over your home page. Its basically another story just like Babylon Search - which i though CNet had fixed. The Google Book Downloader program itself limits you to 3 books per day and the file downloaded is usually a PDF Image which means that the resulting file can not be searched for text. If you can convert using OCR then you will probably not have any issue with this.

Summary

DONT INSTALL IT. The risk far outweighs the reward.

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3 stars

"Works to the limits that it can with Google blocking ya"

December 08, 2012  |  By listerineman

 |  Version: Google Books Downloader 2.1

Pros

Simple and fairly fast

Cons

Cannot retrieve all parts of a Google book (since Google restricts access)
Downloaded PDF does not appear to have OCR data in it, you need to run OCR yourself after downloading. Apparently Google doesn't store the OCR data with the PDF?

Summary

Works fairly well (got 1/3 of pages before Google blocked the access requests) but leaves a lot to be desired. But it's not like many other programs can get more out of Google.

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5 stars

"Perfectly Works for me..."

October 09, 2012  |  By tauseefiqbal

 |  Version: Google Books Downloader 2.1

Pros

Downloads google books as PDFs

Cons

Could not find any...

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1 stars

"Do not use, installs spyware"

January 18, 2012  |  By Ted414141

 |  Version: Google Books Downloader 1.6

Pros

Downloads google books as PDFs

Cons

Installs some crappy spyware, changes your browser home page, and does a bunch of other things that I'm still trying to recover from.

Summary

Do not use this under any circumstances.

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1 stars

"Does not work"

January 13, 2012  |  By Adamanta

 |  Version: Google Books Downloader 1.6

Pros

It would be great if it worked, Goo Reader charge for what should be a built in feature to Google Books.

Cons

I downoaded it today and tried to create a pdf. The book was created but most of the pages would not read properly with Foxit Reader.

Summary

Broken, needs updating.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.5
Version 2.5 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Gbooksdownloader
Publisher web site http://www.gbooksdownloader.com/
Release Date November 25, 2014
Date Added November 25, 2014
Version 2.5
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory E-book Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 581.2KB
File Name Google_Books_Downloader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 220,573
Downloads Last Week 2,484
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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