Use the new Google Books

You can read, download, or preview books on Google Books. If you find a book you want to read, you might be able to read it on Google Books, buy it online, or borrow it from a library.

Note: Some books are provided by publishers, while others are scanned as part of the Library Project.

Try the new Google Books

You can try the new Google Books by clicking here, OR

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for any book.
  3. Click on the book title.
  4. At the top left, click Try it now.

Go back to classic Google Books

If you don’t want to use the new Google Books, you can click here to go back to classic Google Books, OR

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for any book.
  3. Click on the title.
  4. If you are viewing pages of a book, click close Close.
  5. At the top, click Settings Settings.
  6. Click Go back to classic Google Books.

Read or preview a book

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords. To search with filters, in the search box, click Advanced search. Learn more about searching Google Books and how much of the book you can see.
  3. Click a title. Under the title, you can read, preview, or listen to the book:
    • Read: If the book is available on Google Books, click Read for free.
    • Preview: If only part of the book is available, click Preview.  Learn more about why you can’t see the full book.
    • Listen: If the audiobook is available to read or preview, click Listen.

Search within a book

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords. 
  3. Click a title.
  4. Under the title, click Search inside.
  5. In the window that appears, at the top, click Search in this book and then type your search and then click search Search.

Buy, borrow, or download a book

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords.
  3. Click a title.
  4. To buy or borrow a book. Under the title, click Get the book.
    • Buy: Under “Buy Print,” or “Buy Digital” you might see providers where you can buy the book. Click a provider to purchase a book from their site.
    • Borrow: Under “Borrow” you might see libraries nearby that have print books, eBooks, or Audiobooks. If you don’t see any libraries, enter a city or zip code.
      • You can also search in different libraries using Search WorldCat.
      • You can search for other editions by clicking Any edition
  5. To download a book, under the title, click Download PDF. Not all books are available for download. 

Cite a book

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords. 
  3. Click a title.
  4. Under “About this edition,” click Create citation.
  5. Choose your citation format and then Copy.

Add a book to your library

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords. 
  3. Click a title.
  4. Under the title, click Add to my library.

To get to your library, next to "Search Google books," click my library Library.

Fix issues

I have an issue with a book I bought

If you have an issue with a book you bought, check with the provider you purchased it from.

You can’t see a book or magazine

Try these common fixes:

  1. Turn off any ad blocker plugins or extensions. Learn how to turn off extensions.
  2. Use another browser, like Chrome or Safari, to open Google Books.
  3. Follow the steps to clear your browser’s cache and cookies.
If you’re still having issues, contact us.

You can’t see the full book

The owner hasn’t agreed to show the entire book, or it might not be fully scanned.

  • To look for the book in a library: On the menu bar, click Get the book  and then Search WorldCat.
  • To buy the book online: On the menu bar, click Get the book, then select a retailer.
  • If you think the book is available in the public domain in your country, ask us to review it.
If you own the book or magazine and want to allow Google Books to show more of it, claim the book

Where reviews come from 

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords. 
  3. Click a title.
  4. On the menu bar, click Reviews or scroll to “Review” under the “Overview” tab.

Report problems

To report poor image quality, missing pages, issue with reviews, incorrect metadata, illegal, or offensive content, contact us.

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