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Rafal T. Prinke
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 Posted: Tue Feb 10th, 2015 12:47 pm
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Does anyone know how to download a Google Books PDF in colour? Many of them are displayed in full colour but dowload reduced to black and white.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 10th, 2015 05:03 pm
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Can you give me an example to look at? It may be your settings.

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Rafal T. Prinke
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 Posted: Tue Feb 10th, 2015 05:22 pm
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I noticed it earlier but b/w was usually fine. Now I found this copy of the first edition of Sendivogius from the National Library in Rome -- and when I download it, it loses colour:

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=VSx4J14fI4YC&pg=PA8&dq=%E2%80%9CDe+Lapide+Philosophorum+Tractatus+Duodecim%E2%80%9D&hl=it&sa=X&ei=nEPZVKywC4nKPb-fgbAB&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%E2%80%9CDe%20Lapide%20Philosophorum%20Tractatus%20Duodecim%E2%80%9D&f=false

The curious thing is, that I don;t see that book on "normal" Google, only on UK Google -- but the interface changes to Italian :)


Last edited on Tue Feb 10th, 2015 05:38 pm by Rafal T. Prinke

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 Posted: Tue Feb 10th, 2015 07:03 pm
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Very strange. Maybe it's to do with the compression algorithm that Google use.

Can you download (or otherwise capture) the attractively coloured Polish Internet Library copy?

http://www.pbi.edu.pl/book_reader.php?p=52454&s=1

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 Posted: Wed Feb 11th, 2015 05:17 am
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Yes, but I want the copy from Rome :) There are more exemplars now online and I collect them, so to say. The one on PBI is from the Jagiellonian Library in Cracow and has been online for quite a few years but in small resolution. I once asked them to put the higher resolution (which I know they have) online but they replied they could not find it! I cannot check it right now as the server seems to be down.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 11th, 2015 09:42 am
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I would contact Google Books about it. I am sure they would be able to help:-

https://support.google.com/books/partner/contact/default?hl=en#cft=3

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 Posted: Wed Feb 11th, 2015 04:26 pm
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I think it is intended to work like this -- but I'll try. I have also found out that jpg's from the pages displayed are stored in the browser's cache but in a very erratic way and under random file names, so extracting any larger number of pages in this way would be very tedious.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 11th, 2015 05:51 pm
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Could it be a security measure? I know Google want to keep things legal. I suppose someone could download the browned pages, bind them up in some old calf-leather and try and sell them as the real thing.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 14th, 2015 10:24 am
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I doubt that would get past any book dealer.
A quick glance through a magnifying glass would reveal the fact that it was printed on a modern printer, and not by old letterpress.

Last edited on Sat Feb 14th, 2015 10:27 am by adammclean

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 Posted: Sat Feb 14th, 2015 11:21 am
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adammclean wrote:
I doubt that would get past any book dealer.
A quick glance through a magnifying glass would reveal the fact that it was printed on a modern printer, and not by old letterpress.


No, but it might fool some mug on e-bay. I have seen such creations there and on some other auction sites.


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