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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:

http://books.google.com/books?id=HCkBC0dcjHAC&printsec=frontcover

to this:

http://books.google.com/books?id=HCkBC0dcjHAC&output=reader&printsec=frontcover

(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.

    test.html

  4. Open the HTML file.

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