How to Set Up Google Chrome for Offline Reading of Books

MakeUseOf | 6/19/2019 | Akshata Shanbhag
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You don’t need to rely on the internet to catch up on your e-reading, because there are many ways to take content offline these days.

Let’s see how you can save your reading material for offline use from your browser. We’ll use Chrome as an example here, but these solutions work just as well for any other browser unless they involve a Chrome extension of course.

Amazon - Access - Kindle - Variety - Devices

Amazon has made it easy to access Kindle ebooks from a variety of devices and operating systems. But you don’t really need a desktop app to read your Kindle ebooks.

You can use Kindle for Chrome by navigating to and logging into your Amazon account. What you see next is the Kindle Cloud Reader, but it appears hidden by a prompt that lets you save books to read when you’re offline.

Ebooks - Reading - Chrome - Click - Enable

If you want to download any of your ebooks for offline reading on Chrome, click on the Enable Offline button. (Otherwise, click on the Not Now button.) If Chrome prompts you for permission to save data to your disk, go ahead and grant it.

The Kindle for Chrome reader comes with a straightforward interface where you can browse your entire Kindle collection. Sample chapters aren’t included in the cloud reader library.

Ebook - Options - Book - Download - Pin

If you right-click on any ebook, you’ll see two options: Open Book and Download & Pin Book. Click on the second one to make that ebook available offline. The option appears grayed out if you haven’t enabled the offline reading feature.

If you use the popular read-it-later service Pocket, you can install one of its desktop or mobile apps to take your reading list offline. While you might see references to Pocket’s Chrome app online, the app—and all other Chrome apps—are now obsolete.

Desktop - Apps - Content - Offline

With the desktop (and mobile) apps, you don’t have to worry about saving content for offline...
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