Hey people this is just in and its great news, specially for folks who love reading. Google Books which has been around for quite a long time and has been helping people read books which have been out of print, gone rare, etc is here with a bang. They have added to their collection more than 1 million books which were available in the public domain. And these books will be available as free download in the pdf/epub format.
This is what the google blog says,
I’m excited to announce that starting today, Google Books will offer free downloads of these and more than one million more public domain books in an additional format, EPUB. By adding support for EPUB downloads, we’re hoping to make these books more accessible by helping people around the world to find and read them in more places.
So what does this exactly means?
Rare, old, expensive books available in the public domain is now just a click away. You can search, download and enjoy them. Knowledge is meant to share and grow and google books is what making it easier bu digitizing all of it.
What is EPUB format?
EPUB format is a light weight and free format compared to the heavy image based pdf format. For your desktops and lappy’s, PDF format still works out great but for people who are used to reading on portable devices like palmtops, ebook readers, iphones, etc EPUB format is the best way to read these books. EPUB is a free, open source format so you can be sure that it will be supported by most of the document readers available today.
How to download from Google Books?
Well its quite simple:
- Goto Google Books and search for that book you have on your mind
- The book should be in the public domain for you to be able to download
- Click on the download button and choose the desired format.
- And Voilaaa you have the book in your hands (literally) 🙂
So, as always google is upto great things to make our life easier. If you would like to know how a book is converted into a digital format, read it on the Google Blog.
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