How to Download Google Books


This wikiHow teaches you how to download eBooks from your Google Play Books library. You can use the Google Play Books website to do this on a desktop computer, or you can use the Google Play Books app on an iPhone or an Android to ensure that you'll be able to read the book even when you don't have Internet or cellular data access.

Part 1
On Desktop

On Desktop on How to Download Google Books

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Go to in your computer's web browser. This will open a list of books which you own on Google Play if you're logged in. If you aren't logged into your Google Account, enter your email address and password when prompted before proceeding.

On Desktop on How to Download Google Books

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If you don't have any books in your Google Play Books library, you'll need to purchase one before you can download it: Type an author, title, or keyword in the search field at the top of the window. Click on a book. Click the price (or FREE) at the top of the window. If prompted, confirm your purchase by entering your password and any requested payment information.

On Desktop on How to Download Google Books

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Scroll through your list of books until you find the one that you want to download. You cannot download book samples on desktop. If you purchased a book, first click My books on the left side of the page.

On Desktop on How to Download Google Books

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It's in the lower-right corner of a book's icon. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu. Samples cannot be downloaded to desktop.

On Desktop on How to Download Google Books

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Click either Download EPUB or Download PDF in the drop-down menu. Clicking either option will prompt the eBook to download in ACSM format. Depending on your browser's settings, you may first have to select a save location or confirm the download.

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Since both the PDF and the EPUB option result in an ACSM file being downloaded, you'll need to turn the ACSM file into a readable PDF. To do so: Go to in your computer's web browser. Click Choose file near the top of the page. Select your eBook's ACSM file. Click Open Scroll down and click Convert file Wait for the conversion to finish. The PDF will download automatically after the conversion is complete.

Part 2
On iPhone and iPad

On iPhone and iPad on How to Download Google Books

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If you don't have a book in your Google Play Books library yet, you can add one by doing the following: Go to in a web browser and sign in with your Google Account. Type an author, title, or keyword in the search field at the top of the window. Select the price (or FREE) in the lower-right corner of the book's icon; if prompted, confirm your purchase and enter any required payment details.

On iPhone and iPad on How to Download Google Books

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Tap the Google Play Books app icon, which resembles a blue triangle on a white background. This will open your Google Play Books home page if you're logged in. If you aren't logged into your Google Account, select your name from the Google Play Books home page, or enter your email address and password if necessary. If you don't have Google Play Books downloaded, you can download it from the App Store for free.

On iPhone and iPad on How to Download Google Books

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It's in the upper-left corner of the screen. A pop-out menu will appear.

On iPhone and iPad on How to Download Google Books

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You'll find this option in the pop-out menu. Doing so opens a list of your downloaded books.

On iPhone and iPad on How to Download Google Books

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Scroll through your available books until you find one which you want to download. If you haven't purchased or selected any books, there won't be any here.

On iPhone and iPad on How to Download Google Books

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It's in the lower-right corner of a book's icon. Doing so prompts a pop-up menu to appear.

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You'll find this option in the pop-up menu. Selecting it prompts the book to download onto your iPhone or iPad. You can now read your book whenever you want, including when you have no Internet or cellular service.[1]

Part 3
On Android

On Android on How to Download Google Books

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Tap the Google Play Books app icon, which resembles a blue triangle on a white box. Doing so opens the main Google Play Books page if you're logged in. If you aren't logged in, select your Google Account when prompted. If you don't have the Google Play Books app, you can download it from the Google Play Store for free.

On Android on How to Download Google Books

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If you don't have any books in your library, you'll need to buy at least one before you can download it. To do so: Tap at the top of the screen (this may instead be a text field). Type an author, title, or keyword in the search field. Select a book by tapping it. Tap FREE SAMPLE to download a sample of the book, or tap the book's price to purchase the book. Confirm the purchase and enter any required payment details.

On Android on How to Download Google Books

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It's at the bottom of the screen. Doing so opens a list of your downloaded books.

On Android on How to Download Google Books

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Scroll through your library until you find a book which you want to download onto your Android.

On Android on How to Download Google Books

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It's in the lower-right corner of a book's icon. Tapping it prompts a pop-up menu to appear.

On Android on How to Download Google Books

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You'll find this option in the pop-up menu. Selecting it prompts the book to download onto your Android smartphone or tablet. You can now read your book whenever you want, including when you have no Internet or cellular service.