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From: "Kith-n-Kin" <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Copying paragraphs, How to
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 09:19:13 -0700
Speaking specifically about Google Books -- because other websites have
If the book is in copyright, it is unlikely you can do the "copy-paste" or
"download." That's because the image is a "photograph." It has been "OCR'd"
for indexing, but that's apparently behind the scenes.
If the book is not in copyright, look in the upper right corner for
"download" or "text" versions. You can select the text version and copy the
text from there. Beware, however, that the text, created by optical
character recognition (OCR) has usually not been cleaned up.
If you download the book, you still have the image, without the indexing.
So, again, it is an image, not "editable type."
However, you can, if you have Adobe Acrobat, choose to "OCR" the book. IF
you do, be sure to save it with another name, as the text will change
The only way I know of to copy the text directly from the website (for books
without the text option) is to do a "print screen" to your favorite image
program (I use Photoshop), and from there select the part of the book you
It is still an image, but perhaps easier to manage.
Otherwise, the old reliable typescript, done by you, is the only answer.
Hope this helps.
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Subject: [ROOTS-L] Copying paragraphs, How to
In browsing one finds many references to one's ancestors. Some of these
cannot be copied from the text appearing in pages of books, particularly
ones found in "Google Books".
Some of those can be copied and pasted in a word processor by selecting a
transcription of the text and pasting it in your word processor using the
conventional "copy and paste" process. This option is provided for some
books but not for others.
The others use a "full hand" icon to scan the text instead of the usual
"pointed finger" icon.Is there a way these texts can be copied?
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