This wikiHow will show you how to take screenshots of Google Books books and automatically transcribe the text of the book into a Google Docs document, using an internet browser from a desktop computer.
Step 1. Open the Google Books book that you want to copy
Click the book link to open it in your browser or use the search function at books.google.com to find a book.
Step 2. Take a screenshot of the part you want to copy
Make sure the screenshot includes all the text you want to copy and save it on your computer.
If you are not sure how to take a screenshot on your computer, you can follow these steps that we explain here to help you
Step 3. Open Google Drive in your internet browser
Type drive.google.com in the address bar, and press ↵ Enter or ⏎ Return on your keyboard.
- If you don't log in automatically, click the button Go to Google Drive and log in with your Google account.
Step 4. Click the + New button
This button is located in the upper left corner of your Drive library. It allows you to upload a new file or folder to the cloud.
Your options will be displayed in a drop-down menu
Step 5. Click File upload in the menu
This option will open a new pop-up window and allow you to select a file to upload from your computer.
Step 6. Upload the screenshot of the book
Select the screenshot image in the file browser window and click the "Open" button to upload it to your Drive.
Step 7. Right-click on the screenshot of the book in your Drive library
A list of options will appear in a drop-down menu.
Step 8. Hover over Open with in the right click menu
A sub menu will appear with a list of applications available from Google.
Step 9. Select Google Docs from the Open option in the menu
This will open the screenshot in a new Google Docs document.
Google Docs will automatically recognize all the text in the screenshot and copy it to the end of the document as editable text
Step 10. Select the text you want to copy at the bottom of the document
Find the text of the copied book at the bottom, click and hover over the text you want to copy.
This will highlight the selected text in blue
Step 11. Right-click on the selected text
Your right-click options will appear in a drop-down menu.
Step 12. Select Copy from the right-click menu
This will copy the selected text to the clipboard.
If you want to use a keyboard shortcut, you can press ⌘ Command + C on a Mac, or Control + C on Windows to copy
Step 13. Right click where you want to copy it
Your right click options will show up.
Step 14. Select Paste from the right-click menu
This will paste the text of the copied book into this place.