Google Books – A Search Library for Scholars | Read and Download Books

The digital library is the latest kind of library which readers now turn up to for research, exotic books, magazines and so on. Books and magazines are now available in digital form that all you have to do is fire up your internet browsing device and Google up the kind of books you want in your possession. Google has made the search for books and magazines easier by introducing the “Google books”.

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Google books is one way which Google wants to help its users in searching for digital books. It saves users the stress of having to go through various other websites in search of books. It provides users easy access to a variety of books, which Google has taken upon itself to scan and make available to users. With Google Books, you can arrange your favorite books on a shelf.

So, if you want to have a feel of what Google books have got to offer, sit back and read through this article to get the information you need to get served, like a boss.

A glance at the Google books

At first, after you have signed in to the Google books, what you see is more like the normal Google site you know, but with a little difference, the “my library” below the Google search box.

With the Google search box, you can search for any book of your choice, by using the title, author, ISBN, keywords and so on. If you search for any book or magazine, it will take you to a page with the search result. There, you can choose the book of your choice. Then, you will be directed to a page where you can read the book, add the book to your library, write a review, download the book and so on.

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Clicking the “my library” will take you to your library, where you will add and organize your books or magazines. By the right side and bottom of your library page is your shelf, with various categories. You will get know how to organize your library, soon.

Signing in to Google books

All you need to sign in to Google books is your Google account and your internet browsing device. To sign in to Google books, follow these steps:

  1. On your internet browsing device, open a browser and navigate to https://books.google.com.
  2. Click the “sign in” button at the top right corner of the page.
  3. Type your Google account login details in the provided fields and click next. This step will sign you in.

If you want to sign out, all you have to do is sign out of your Google account by tapping the Google account icon at the top right of the page and then clicking “sign out”.

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Reading books and magazines on Google books

If you want to read books on Google books, follow these steps:

  1. On your internet browsing device, open a browser and navigate to https://books.google.com.
  2. Click the “sign in” button at the top right corner of the page
  3. Type your Google account login details in the provided fields and click next. You will then be signed in.
  4. In the Google search box, type the title, author, keywords or ISBN of the book you want to read and hit enter.
  5. At this point, if you want to filter your search, tap the “settings” just at the bottom of the Google search box and click “advanced search”. On the advanced search, you can filter by specifying in more detail, what you are searching for.
  6. Out of the search results, click any of the books. You will be given information relating to the book and be able to read some or the entire book.

Downloading books on Google books.

To get books downloaded from Google books, follow these steps:

  1. On your internet browsing device, open a browser and navigate to https://books.google.com.
  2. Click the “sign in” button at the top right corner of the page.
  3. Type your Google account login details in the provided fields and click next. You will then be signed in.
  4. In the Google search box, type the title, author, keywords or ISBN of the book you want to read and hit enter.
  5. Out of the search results, click any of the books. You will be given information relating to the book and be able to read some or the entire book.
  6. To download the book, Point at the “EBOOK – FREE” button located at the top left of the page and Click “PDF” or EPUB” to start your download or you can click the down arrow next to the “settings” icon at top right side and click “download EPUB” or “download PDF”.
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If the book you want to download is not for free, you will see “GET PRINT BOOK”. You can click the “GET PRINT BOOK” to buy the book.

Citing a book on Google books

If you want to cite a book on Google books, follow these steps:

  1. On your internet browsing device, open a browser and navigate to https://books.google.com
  2. Click the “sign in” button at the top right corner of the page.
  3. Type your Google account login details in the provided fields and click next. You will then be signed in.
  4. In the Google search box, type the title, author, keywords or ISBN of the book you want to read and hit enter.
  5. Out of the search results, click any of the books. You will be given information relating to the book and be able to read some or the entire book.
  6. Click the “about this book” at the left side of the page
  7. Scroll down to locate the “bibliographic information”. There you can get the information you need in citing the book.

Copying or translating part of a book

  1. On your internet browsing device, open a browser and navigate to https://books.google.com.
  2. Click the “sign in” button at the top right corner of the page.
  3. Type your Google account login details in the provided fields and click next. You will then be signed in.
  4. In the Google search box, type the title, author, keywords or ISBN of the book you want to read and hit enter.
  5. Out of the search results, click any of the books. You will be given information relating to the book and be able to read some or the entire book.
  6. Click the “cut” at the top of the page. A + sign pointer will surface.
  7. Use the + pointer to select the text in the book. It will then load and show note containing the selected text, image and embed link.
  8. If you want to copy the selected text as words, select and copy the “selection text”, but if you want to copy the selected text as an image, copy the URL under the “image” or “Embed”.
  9. To translate your selected text, click “translate”. This will open a new tab where you can translate the selected text to other languages.

Note: Not all books on Google books have that “translate” capability

Linking to specific titles or features of books on Google books

Google books provide users the ability to link to specific features of books. You can generate a link that takes you directly to the book or the page of the book you want to read. You can also share the link to others.

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Generating a link to a book

If you want to generate a link to a book, simply click the chain-like icon at the top of the book you want to generate a link to. The link will now be generated. Copy the link and share if you want to. With this link, you or anyone can go directly to the book, by pasting the link on your browser and hitting enter.

Generating a link to book using its ISBN, OCLC or LCCN

You can also link to books by using their ISBN, OCLC or LCCN. If you want to link to a book by its ISBN, OCLC or LCCN, ensure you have the ISBN, OCLC or LCCN of the book; add “?vid=ISBN**********” to https://books.google.com and hit enter.

For example, if you want to generate a link directly to “The power by Rhonda Byrne”; you will have to get its ISBN by searching for the book on Google books, clicking the book from the search results, then clicking “about the book” located on the side, and then scrolling down to copy the ISBN from the bibliographic information. Let us say the ISBN is 0857201719. You can now write the link to the book at https://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0857201719.

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A similar method is used, if it is the OCLC or LCCN that is available.

Generating links to pages of a book

Google books also allow users to generate a link to pages of some books. If the specified page of the books is not found, it will direct you to the “about this book” page of the book. Take the book, the power by Rhonda Byrne, with ISBN, 0857201719, as an example of a book you want to link to its page.

For example, if you want to generate a link to the title page of the book, simply write the link as https://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0857201719&printsec=titlepage. You can also use a similar method for books with OCLC or LCCN.

Adding books or magazines to your Google book’s library

Google books offer you a library, where you add books in a digital kind of a shelf. If you want to add books to your library, follow these steps:

  1. On your internet browsing device, open a browser and navigate to https://books.google.com
  2. Click the “sign in” button at the top right corner of the page
  3. Type your Google account login details in the provided fields and click next. You will then be signed in.
  4. To add books to your library, you can either search for the books/ magazines first to add them directly or you go to your library and add the books using their ISBN or ISSN.
  5. To add a book directly to your library, search for the book and click your preferred book from the search results. Tap the “add to my library” at the top and select the category you will like the book to be added to.
  6. To add books, using their ISBN or ISSN, Click the “my library” at the bottom of the Google search box
  7. Scroll down and Select any of the available categories at the left-hand side of the page. You can create a new category by clicking the “new shelf”, entering a name, and then clicking “create bookshelf”
  8. Having selected to a category, you will be directed to the chosen category page. Tap its settings and click “add by ISBN or ISSN.
  9. Now, type in the provided field, the ISBN or ISSN of the magazines or books you want to add
  10. Click the “add books”

Removing books or magazines from your Google book’s library

If you want to remove books from your library, follow these steps:

  1. On your internet browsing device, open a browser and navigate to https://books.google.com
  2. Click the “sign in” button at the top right corner of the page
  3. Type your Google account login details in the provided fields and click next. You will then be signed in.
  4. Click the “my library” at the bottom of the Google search box.
  5. Then, click the category where the book you want to remove is.
  6. Click the “remove” under the book or magazine you want to remove and confirm your decision.

Sharing books in your Google book’s library

  1. On your internet browsing device, open a browser and navigate to https://books.google.com
  2. Click the “sign in” button at the top right corner of the page
  3. Type your Google account login details in the provided fields and click next. You will then be signed in.
  4. Click the “my library” at the bottom of the Google search box
  5. If you see “your Google profile is not linked to books” on the left side of the page, then, click “show my profile to my public books data”.
  6. Click a category
  7. Tap its settings and click “edit properties”
  8. Click the “make public”.
  9. Click save.

And that is it. Congratulations! Other people can now see the books available in the category you have made public.

Conclusion

so, get yourself acquainted with Google books by reading this article, calmly, so you can have access to your favorite books and magazines.