How the Google Books Preview Programme works

We scan the full text of your book, which allows each word to be a possible match for Google Books searches. If someone searches for the word 'rabbit' and 'rabbit' appears on a page of your book, your book could be listed in the search results, even if the title doesn't contain the word. Making your book fully searchable doesn't mean that it's fully visible – you control the percentage of your book's pages that users can browse.

So that our users around the world can discover your books, we've also integrated the Google Books index with the index of Google Web Search. 

Your content is protected

We host all book content on our secure servers. To protect your material, we disable the print, cut, copy and save on all preview pages displaying book content.

We also protect your content by limiting the number of pages that are shown to users. You can choose to make 20% to 100% of your book's content browseable.

If you sell books on Google Play, you can apply industry-standard DRM (Digital Rights Management) to your eBooks.

You retain your copyright. Google doesn't assume any copyright to your material.

Your benefits

Making your books available on Google Books helps potential readers discover them. People who like what they read in the preview may purchase the entire book. We make purchasing easy by displaying links to major book retailers, as well as to a site of your choice.

If you make your book available for sale on Google Play, users can buy the eBook with the click of a button. Find out more about selling your books through Google.

How to submit your book

You should have digital versions of your books available in either PDF or EPUB format. After you create a partner account, you can access the Partner Centre, an online interface for uploading and managing your book settings. You can then follow the steps for adding your first book.

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