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Updated on August 12, 2013

Google Books what a Great Site!

I love reading all sorts of books and I am always on the lookout for the next best seller to read. So when I was browsing the Internet today I came across Google Books. How on earth did I miss that? What a great site! Not only do they have all sorts of books written by modern authors, they have lists of classic books, religion, philosophy and photography! And don't forget the magazines. There are also a few ebooks that you can just click on the picture and start reading! No downloading this or that, or pay so much etc. But I haven't got to the best bit yet! On Google Books the covers are large so that you can see what you are looking at instead of trying to squint at the print to see what it says.

But the best is yet to come. You can open the book and read near enough the whole thing! I have just spent a very happy hour reading a 'preview' of a great book titled 90 Minutes In Heaven by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey. It is a true story about a man who has a life changing experience after a serious car crash, which changes his life forever. Not only because of his injuries, but because in that 90 minutes whilst trapped in the car, his soul went to Heaven!

Google Books

A Taster? More like a Feast!

I sat engrossed whilst reading at least four chapters of this intriguing, fantastic book. Google Books are not like other sites where you buy a book on the assumption that you are going to like it. Or are already familiar with the story. No, this is much, much better. It allows you to read so many snippets and chapters that there is no way you will not buy the book. I was engrossed, fascinated and now can't wait to receive my book through the post.

The other great thing about Google Books is that it gives you the list of shops or online sites that you can buy the book of your choice from. And of course the link, straight to the page. I am never going to use anything else from now on! It takes you straight to Amazon and loads more stores.


Magazines too!

And of course if you love reading magazines, then there are a great selection on Google Books to read and buy. And you can click on the front cover of the magazine and see what's inside! I love this site, I have sat here for hours just clicking on this and that. From Time magazine, to Boy's Life. And there's loads of others too.


But the one thing I loved about the magazine section was the fact that they sell back copies. Not just recent ones but as far back as you want to go! I was browsing through a 1949 science mag! How cool is that?

The great thing about it, is if you are a collector of old magazines, then this is the one for you. Just key in the name or date of the magazine and see if it is there. I am going to spend hours looking through this section! I love all the old magazines. Can you imagine finding a mag that you read when you were younger? How fantastic is that? Great for collectors as well as anybody who is curious to see what was going on back in the day! I will say it again. Fantastic!

The other good thing about it is that the magazines and books keep changing while you are browsing them. It shows each and every one in order, so if you can't find the one you like when you first log in, then just keep looking, it will pop up! And of course you can search for it too.

What more can I say? I love it!

Google Book Classics


As you can probably tell, I am a bibliophile! (lover of books). I can walk past a clothes shop without even a flinch, but give me a book shop and I get drawn towards it like a magnet. I can't walk past it without going in. But in a bookstore you won't necessarily find old books along with the new. That's what is great about Google Books. Some of them are available as ebooks, but most are available to buy from the list of different book stores. On Google books you will find all the old Classics such as The Taming of the Shrew, The Poison Bell by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Call of the Wild. And so many more.

So why not go and take a look? I am sure you will be browsing for hours!

This is a great site, and probably one of the best that I have found. Well worth the visit, and I am sure you will find lots of books that you will enjoy reading.

All on Google Books

 Most of these books here are on Google Books. But there are so many more books for you to browse through. It is like being let loose in a library! There are books for children, from the classic Alice In Wonderland, to modern books. From self help books, to Design. And don't forget to read the preview, or should I say at least three chapters of each book first! You will be hooked. I certainly am.

Happy reading.


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, cameciob, sorry I took so long coming back, I missed your comment! thanks so much for reading it, cheers nell

    • cameciob profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi Nell, great presentation of google Books. I took a look myself a while ago and I think you are right, this is a fantastic website. They also have a nice selection of history books that I like to read from time to time.

      But I did not know about magazines.

      Voted up and rated.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, ahostage, google books do sell from Amazon, but other shops as well, I just love the layout of the page, thanks for reading it, nice to see you! cheers nell

    • ahostagesituation profile image


      7 years ago

      Ahhhh...Nell. Always happy to see people reading more than magazines and food labels. Readers are an endangered species. Somehow, I don't know about google books, I get everything from Amazon...Thanks for this!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, DJ, it is great isn't it? I have spent ages on it, since I discovered it! thanks again, nell

    • Ask_DJ_Lyons profile image


      7 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      I had no idea this existed either. I voted this up. I just went to it. It looks amazing. I will have to tell my father, a true book lover like you, about this. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Martie, sorry it took me so long to come back, I am glad you liked it, I love it! I keep going over to take a look! thanks as always nell

      Hi, Peter, glad you found it helpful, you will love it, cheers nell

      Hi, lyjo, not sure how old it is, it is just one of those little google words that I keep ignoring, then I thought, what the heck I am going to see what it is, and when I found it I thought it was great! cheers nell

    • lyjo profile image


      7 years ago

      Sold! I am never without a book on the go! Is this something new? Thanks...will check it out! Take care!

    • Peter Owen profile image

      Peter Owen 

      7 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      Thx. I'll take a look since I love books too.

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Wow! Thanks a lot for telling me this, Nell! I’m off to Google Books right now! Take care!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, DzyM, I think that google books does direct you to different sites to buy your books, I am sure you can use paypal on one of them, why not give it a try? thanks again, nell

      Hi,steph, ha ha they should pay me! I would advertise it anywhere, I am book mad! thanks again nell

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I was thrilled to read about Google Books when it launched a few months ago! But your hub is beautiful and informative (Google should thank you!!) Rated up all the way!

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Sounds wonderful. I was hoping perhaps you could buy them from Google...but if it takes you to Amazon, .... sigh...

      I can't shop at Amazon, because I no longer have credit cards, and they don't accept PayPal, my only means for shopping online.

      Does Google Books perhaps also direct to a PayPal-friendly seller?

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Alicia, yes it is a good site, I couldn't stop reading the books! lol thanks again, nell

      Hi, Ruby, I have stopped reading newspapers too since I use the internet, but I am still book mad! lol thanks again

      Hi, Prasetio, I am so glad you liked it, and thanks as always, take care nell

      Hi, daravuthz, thanks for reading it, I am glad you found it useful, cheers nell

      Hi, Qudsia, you will really like it! hope you find some books that you like, cheers nell

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea... Thanks Nell!

    • daravuthz profile image


      7 years ago from Cambodia

      I found this Hub really helpful and interesting. Thanks for the info! Love and peace.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Great information from you, Nell. You always come up with something new, especially for these books and magazines. Beautiful. I really enjoy this hub, very informative. Vote up as usual. Take care!


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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is new information to me. I used to read a lot, now, i'm lucky if i get the local newspaper read, maybe i will though, this sounds interesting.


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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Google Books sounds like a fascinating site to explore. I haven’t visited it yet, but I’m certainly going to. I suspect that my visits are going to last a long time! I love the huge variety of books that can be read or obtained on the Internet.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Audrey, they have some great books there! thanks again, nell

      Hi, tipoague, I think it's awesome! I love it, cheers nell

    • tlpoague profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing this information. I hadn't come across Google books yet. I will have to look into this. I love reading and am always on the lookout for books. Thanks again...on my way to check it out!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      You learn something new every day it seems! Great info, Nell.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Enlydia, thanks for stopping by, the site is really great, it has loads of brilliant books, thanks nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Nan, thanks for reading it, It is great isn't it?

      Hi, Christopher, if you like books, you will be hooked! lol thanks again

      Hi, Ashantina, it is a great site, I loved it! cheers nell

      Hi, Merlin, did you check? lol never mind you WILL get there! thanks again

      Hi, Polly, thanks for reading it, I have sent you a couple of emails, hope they help, if not get back to me again, okay? cheers nell

      Hi, Eiddwen, if you love books like I do, you will probably spend hours over there! lol thanks so much, nell

      Hi, poetvix, thanks, I never knew either! it's great, I was there for ages! lol, nell

      Hi, Docmo, glad you liked it! I will think of you, burning the candle at both ends! ha ha

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      Awesome information....thank, Nell.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK


      You've sold this to me.. don't know how I haven't been there. I can see another sleepless night looming- Thanks for showing the path to literary treasures!

    • poetvix profile image


      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I love this! Being able to find old out of copy items is fantastic. I had heard of Google books but had no idea of how much they had to offer. Thank you!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi nell,

      Wow what a great read that will lead on to other great reads.

      I wasn't really trying to be poetic there I promise Nell.

      if I did I made a pretty bad job of it !!!!

      This hub is great and well detailed and presented.

      I am voting this one up.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Take care,


    • Pollyannalana profile image


      7 years ago from US

      I have an old Life book with Bobby Kennedy and one with Lucille Ball, I should get those on e-bay although I have never had any luck there..I just have no time to read and I have a house full of books I would love to read. I will show this to my husband though.

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      Merlin Fraser 

      7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      All them Books and I don't even get a mention...

      HUMF !

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for this great information. I never knew about it.

    • Ashantina profile image


      7 years ago

      Just yesterday, I told myself that I need to commit to reading more. Thanks for reminding me about this free online book resource.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I shall have to spend a bit of time there.

      Thanks Nell.

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      7 years ago

      Glad to know that Google Books is available to us here at the hubpages. Thanks.


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