How to Print a Page from Google Books

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Google Books is a way to explore and read a wide range of books. In many cases, you can read the entire book for free. Other services allow you to read only a few pages before you are required to purchase the book online. Google Books restricts printing from its database, but there's a way around that restriction.

Download the Firefox browser and install the FireShot add-on. Both can be found at the Firefox website (see Resources below).

Go to Google Books and choose a book. Scroll to the page you wish to print.

Click the "Full Screen" icon at the upper right.

Use the "+" and "-" symbols to zoom in or out and resize the page to fit the screen. In most cases, you will need to zoom out.

Right-click within your browser and click on "FireShot--Take screenshot (entire page) and ...". Then choose "... Edit."

In the FireShot editor, click and drag to draw a box around the image of the Google page you wish to print. At right, click "Crop."

Save the cropped image of the page to your hard drive as a JPG file.

Open the JPG file in your image viewer and print the image.


  • Respect copyright laws.


  • FireShot can be used to take a picture of any webpage.

Things Needed

  • Firefox browser
  • FireShot add-on for Firefox
  • Image-viewing program

About the Author

Will Conley's writing has appeared in print and online since 1999. Publication venues include,, National Journal, Art New England, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Daily and Will studied journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is working on four fiction and nonfiction books.

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