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When I press the "full-screen" button in Google Books, about a third of my vertical space is still taken up by various toolbars. This makes it extremely difficult to read efficiently. Is there any way to remove these toolbars in "full-screen" mode?

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The new "reader" Google eBook interface is quite minimal, and if you use f11 you can make it extremely full screen. Here's Google eBook Reader I get by clicking the reader button...

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and here's the old traditional Google Books UI I get when I click the book cover itself:

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What seems to works for me (I am currently using Firefox, if that is of any relevance) is this:

  • press Ctrl and - on your keyboard (or Ctrl and scroll down with your mouse), so the entire page shrinks

  • next, press the 'magnifying glass with a +' button on the menu on top of the page - this increases only the book, but not the surrounding text

  • repeat this process until you are satisfied with the result :)

I admit this is not a very practical solution and it shrinks any other Google books sites you have open, but it is another way of fixing the problem.

I hope some of this works for you!

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Jeff's answer is correct, but unfortunately it only applies to the so-called eBooks in Google's collection, as those are the only ones that have the red "READ NOW" button in the left panel.

However, I have found a simple workaround that seems to provide this same functionality to other books (if they offer preview privileges): place the parameter &output=reader in the address bar, immediately after the book ID. For example, you would edit this address:


to this:


(By doing this, you will exchange the ability for scrolling through books for that of page turning, but the benefit is additional screen real-estate at the top of the page.)

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I also prefer kmote's solution when it works, but it only works for books that google has added on to google play. I have written a small Greasemonkey script to make the full-screen button on google reader behave the way it should.

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In Firefox, go to ToolsWeb DeveloperInspect. When you click on it, you will have the ability to select HTML objects and select "Delete Node" from a drop-down menu. You can use this to delete all parts of the page except the book.

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  1. Copy the Embed link from Google Books.

    <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="border:0px" src="http://books.google.com/books?id=CFHw8jSEWwkC&lpg=PP1&pg=PP1&output=embed" width=500 height=500></iframe>

  2. Change the height and width parameters to 100%.

    <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="border:0px" src="http://books.google.com/books?id=CFHw8jSEWwkC&lpg=PP1&pg=PP1&output=embed" width=100% height=100%></iframe>

  3. Paste into a blank text file and save as HTML on your local machine.


  4. Open the HTML file.

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You can also take each element and hide it or delete it by using F12. It works on Google Chrome.

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Just right click the element you want to hide or delete and then select "inspect" (inspeccionar in spanish).
Then right click on the element in the tool console and select delete element or hide element.
Make sure not to reload otherwise you have to start again.

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