HOW TO CAPTURE TEXT FROM GOOGLE BOOKS

Google offers a service called Google Books, which helps to search books and magazines which are stored in Google’s digital database. This service is really helpful for students and researches as it provides access to wide range of references. Nicking some quotations or some sentences for your research by giving proper citations is not a breach to copyright. However, downloading or copy-paste of these books are disabled. If you want to use them, you have to retype or take screenshots. Instead of re-typing these sentences, there is an easy way to do the same. Use Microsoft OneNote.

Steps to use Microsoft OneNote to capture text from Google Books:

Open Microsoft OneNote, this might open one more tool called ‘Sent to OneNote’ automatically. Now you can create a new Notebook and name it from File>New as shown below,

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3Sent to OneNote Tool

NB: If ‘Sent to OneNote’ tool doesn’t open automatically, no worries we can open this tool from ‘View’ in the menu bar of OneNote.

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Now select the google book page you want to copy, Use the ‘Screen Clipping’ option of ‘Sent to OneNote’ tool to select the area. A dialog box appears as shown below. You can give the location where you want to place the copied screen clipping.

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The image will be saved to the specified location. Now right click on the image, from the drop down menu click on ‘Copy Text from Picture’ as shown below.

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Now you can paste it anywhere and edit it.

That’s it folks!

P.S: Wading through the source code is just a waste of time. Some people uses optical character recognition (OCR) software for converting images to text. It’s always good to retype the sentences as it avoids plagiarism.

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