Several comments posted at the end of yesterday's article expressed confusion about saving ebooks from Google's new E-Book Store onto your computer. Some claimed it couldn't be done. Actually, it can be done and the process is simple. I thought I would share these step-by-step instructions. This process will work only on ebooks that are out of copyright.
I just stored genealogy ebooks on my Mac. It was easy and only required a few seconds:
I opened a web browser and went to http://goo.gl/85COh
In the search box, I entered "Eastman Genealogy" (although any search term should work) and then I clicked on GO.
The first book shown was "History and Genealogy of the Eastman Family of America." I clicked on "Read on your device."
On the next screen, I clicked on DOWNLOAD PDF.
That opened Adobe Reader and the book was displayed on my screen. All 609 pages of the book were available. In Adobe Reader, I clicked on FILE and then on SAVE A COPY. I was then able to save a copy anywhere I wanted on my computer's hard drive or to a jump drive. The file saved to my computer was 12.6 megabytes.
I then closed Adobe Reader and closed the web browser. I used Finder (a Windows user would use Windows Explorer) to find the file I had just saved on my computer, double-clicked the file, and it opened the book in Adobe Reader.
The entire process only required a minute or two and was very easy and logical to follow. I do NOT have to be online to read the ebooks after they have been stored on my computer. I can read them on a laptop, or copy them to a jump drive and take them with me, or copy them to the iPad and take them with me. I can copy or print a page, a series of pages, or even the entire book, if I wish, by using the commands built into Adobe Reader.
I used a Mac but suspect the process is about the same on Windows or Linux.