image You downloaded a PDF file and you are only interested in particular pages say 23-56 and the rest of it  is useless for you, then you can use the GhostScript utility to extract  these range of pages as a new PDF so you can save on size, and gain on reading confidence ( I hate books with huge no. of pages .. ) .

You can do this via this command


$ gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -dSAFER \
       -dFirstPage=22 -dLastPage=36 \
       -sOutputFile=outfile_p22-p36.pdf 100p-inputfile.pdf
Remember to change the following params here 
100p-inputfile.pdf             Change it to your own input PDF file  
-dFirstPage=22                 Change it with your starting page range
-dLastPage=36                  Change it to your range’s  last page
-sOutputFile=pages22-36.pdf    Change it to any arbitrary filename of your own


This is the easiest and the fastest method to achieve a page range extract as it uses the native GhostScript utility which is available in every distro of Unix/Linux Nowdays , so you can use it without installing any package or utility .