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.
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.
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.
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.
Google has announced the launch of its new service, Google Books. Currently, you can purchase books (U.S. only) or download more than three million free books from anywhere in the world using this service. As announced by Google, the aim of this project is to provide users with their own bookshelf on hand, no matter where they are. Purchased or downloaded books can be read using a desktop browser, as well as through mobile devices based on the Android operating system or iOS. Additionally, the books can be read on any e-reader with Adobe Digital Editions software. As opposed to the Picasa service which provides an access to photos, the Google Books service does not allow users to download free electronic editions without digital copy protection and use them on other devices. Google Books Downloader is a little software that allows you to save these books in PDF or JPEG format .