Offline Reading Support Added to Google Books for Chrome

Pulkit Chandna

Chromebooks from the likes of Acer and Samsung have been on the market for over six months now. In this time, there have been reports of these Chrome OS-running netbooks selling very poorly. Google even slashed their prices last month in a bid to spur demand among holiday shoppers. It’s difficult to say how helpful that move has been, if at all. But there is something that will definitely be very helpful for existing Chromebook users looking to do more with their machines while offline.

Google last week added offline reading support to Google Books in Chrome . To enjoy this feature inside Chrome or on your Chromebook, simply install the Google Books app from the Chrome Web Store and proceed to download your favorite eBook for offline reading. At the moment, this only works with “flowing text (EPUB) books, as scanned pages (PDF) are too large for offline reading and not supported at this time.” Also, be prepared to encounter the "Over device limits" error message if you exceed the device limit specified by the book’s publisher.

“Well, here’s some much-awaited good news! Google eBooks now supports offline reading in Google Chrome,” wrote Xinxing Gu, Google Books Product Manager, in a blog post. “Whether you are flying through the air, backpacking through the European countryside, or simply facing intermittent network connections, you can always read your Google eBooks in your Chrome browser or on your Chromebook.”

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