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Google Books has a lot of old books that are available for "Full View". And there is an option to see a certain amount of plain text: when you're viewing the page images of an old book, if you click on the gear icon in the upper right and click on "Plain text" in the drop-down menu, you can see the OCR'd plain text for a few pages. But I want to get the plain text for all the pages.

Obviously I could repeatedly copy and paste, but if the book is long, then that process will take many hours, possibly days.

Does anyone know how to get all the plain text?

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Download the book as PDF (from the "gear" menu on the book's page in Google Books), and open the file in a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Apple Preview. From there you can Select All, Copy, and Paste into the word processor of your choice.

  • Unfortunately, it looks like this method does not include the italics from the original Google "Plain text". Do you know of a method that includes the italics? Thanks! – 76987 Oct 25 '18 at 3:50
  • Are italics ever visible in the preview of the plain text you mention above? I suspect Google's OCR does not preserve italics. – Calion Oct 26 '18 at 19:39

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