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Google Play Books Reviews

Google Play Books lets you search, preview, and buy millions of books using Google Book Search.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Google Play Books and what they use it for.
  • [TOMT] [Book] 80's Kid's story collection, something like "The Holiday Ring"
    A search might show it up too if you have a key phrase you can search for, and if it's been archived there. - Source: Reddit / 8 days ago
  • chatGPT can pirate books
    It might just be dumping info from google books? - Source: Reddit / 17 days ago
  • Can't Find a Radish Soup Recipe
    Found a couple at - Source: Reddit / 21 days ago
  • Links Galore: a spreadsheet of free and legal online links to old scholarly editions (and Loebs)
    The compiler and author of the spreadsheet is Diego Seguí alias "Hláford" (it certainly isn't me!) It's a neatly organised list of lists but one with a sprawling scope. It lists scans of books that are out of copyright, but also books which are in copyright but can be read on the Internet Archive through the Archive's controlled... - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Does anyone here know a good place for finding ebook copies of old books?
    You can also sometimes find full books on wikimedia commons and, of course, google books, but that's often much more hit and miss. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • How do you go foreward with little leads?
    Google book search has found some info for me Https:// - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Help finding a picture of a specific animal, Zelotomys woosnami
    Took me a bit but if you search with (any) species or just do a general google search with at the end you usually get a preview of the book itself. So theres a drawing/diagram of Zelotomys woosnami in the book Smither's Mammals of Southern Africa: A Field Guide. I downloaded it (non-illegally...) using PDF Dr1ve or you can use an alternative like libg3n etc. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Top Booklearners claim to have literally read literally 1984
    He probably meant Google Books, the one that usually appears near top results when searching for any book but is actually completely useless (can't view the full book, can't buy the book). - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Quizmaster Point of Law: Contract Law: Digital Flash Cards for Law School and Bar Exam Review (you don't need to subscribe to the substack, it's open source open access free as in beer) link to the free eBook (no subscription it's free today) is at the bottom of the page.
    Is the exact post with today's free ebook at the bottom. I give away books in hopes of getting reviews on e.g. goodreads, or amazon. Thanks! - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Articles(sources etc) about the use of social media in politics, organizations etc.
    Make sure to search jstor,, & - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Looking for an open source cross device PFD/CBZ/Ebup reader.
    Https:// -- Click on My Library under the Search Bar to go to your private files. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • [Grade 10, AP world] I need some words starting with y, that relate to the unification of Italy
    If you have a textbook, go to the index, find y, and look for words starting with y that relate to the unification of Italy. If not, go to, search for some books about the unification of Italy (preferably in the public domain), go to the index, find y, and look for words starting with y that relate to the unification of Italy. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Japan clothing history
    You can also get previews of books at and look for books published by University presses. They're going to be dense, but they're acceptable sources (rather than the random internet). Here's a good one on modern clothing: Japanese Fashion: A Cultural History Toby Slade · 2009. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Alternatives to Google Books search
    The only change was to turn "" into "". - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Better way to utilize Google Search?
    One thing I've found helpful (especially if you need to cite sources!) is searching . Search the topic, click on a book, then there's a "search inside" option for many of the books in the library. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • How do you write an essay on something you know nothing about it?
    Then, go to a find two or three popular, relevant papers on the topic. Results you can reference based on their abstract. Look up their author on search engine, see if they have a book on you can pull quotes from. Revise your outline based on any game-changing findings. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Eugenia Flour?
    A search on for: recipes "eugenia flour" got a single hit for a book titled "Food on Foot: A History of Eating on Trails and in the Wild". - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Elders don't like talking to me about the Bible, anyone with a similar experience?
    I used to look up the citations and you will never guess what I found. Not only were the citations falsely represented, the books thoroughly contradicted the conclusions drawn be the JWs. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • geometry used on 100 year old beam
    Oh my gosh...If you saw my "reading list" it would literally give you a nosebleed...LOL...I had a very "tech savvy" apprentice once who that estimated if you just started going through and reading my "bookmarks" on my computer and saved research, books, and documents that it would take him at least 10 years to get through it all...I still average, to this day, 2 to 4 hours of reading and correspondence a day...7... - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Records Pre-1800?
    It is really hard! Mostly because there weren't a lot of records. I would check and also the catalogue in FamilySearch. If you go to search > catalogue, you can type in the location your ancestors lived and go through their un-indexed records. It's tedious, but often worth it. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Nonfiction books describing Late Stage/End Stage capitalism
    Sounds like a pretty long and tedious reading. Are you up for it though? Try or for an in depth recommendation. Some of the reviewers leave great summaries of complex topics. It might help you. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago

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