getxbook是一个用于从网站上下载书籍的工具。支持从Google图书、Amazon s、Barnes 和 Noble s进行图书预览且下载。该工具具有一个采用Tcl/Tk 编写的一个图形用户界面选项，以及一些使用OCR来创建纯文本的shell脚本，或从下载书籍中可搜索的PDF和DjVu文件。
getxbook is a collection of tools to download books from Google Books Book Preview, Amazon s Look Inside the Book and Barnes & Noble s Book Viewer.
Online book websites are designed not around reading, but around surveillance. It is not merely the selection of book that is recorded, but exactly what is read, when, and for how long. Forever. And this is linked to all other information the website holds about you (which in the case of Google and Amazon is likely to be a great deal).
Reading books is a critical component of thinking well, and, by extension, of liberty. Limiting and monitoring it is a grave act, whether its goal is profit or more direct political control. And it is dangerous.
The getxbook program downloads books anonymously. Using it will still result in your IP address being logged (use torify to stop this), but reading habits won t be automatically linked to other personal information websites hold, as no existing cookies are used. Once the book is downloaded, it can be read without any further prying.
Being free to do what you like with a book, you can also load it onto any device you have access to, share it, study it, read it offline, and do anything else you can do with normal computer files. You can easily use OCR software to get text versions of downloaded books, making them accessible to people who can t easily read from the page scans.