Publisher Content Policies for Google Play Books

For the purposes of these Content Policies, the terms "Book" and "Books" apply to both eBook and Audiobook content.

Content Policies

Our content policies play an important role in ensuring a positive experience for both our users and publishing partners. Please join us in this effort by respecting these guidelines. We may make exceptions to these policies based on artistic, educational, historical, documentary, or scientific considerations, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public. These policies are subject to change, so please check back for updates. Please also refer to Google Play Terms of Service for more information.

Here are our policies:

Spam and malware
Please keep Google Play spam and malware free. Spam includes, but is not limited to, unwanted promotional or commercial content, and unwanted or mass solicitation. We don't allow the transmission of malware, viruses, or anything that may disrupt the service or harm others. Spam includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unwanted promotional or commercial content
  • Content that can be easily found online at no charge

Public domain content
Multiple versions of the same Book confuse our users and provide little distinguishing value. Due to its widespread duplication, Books containing public domain material are no longer accepted, except from select partners.

Non-Exclusive Content Deliveries
Google sometimes receives the same Book from multiple parties, some or all of whom may have publication rights for the Book. Google can't mediate potential rights conflicts between authors, publishers, and other parties. But we try to err on the side of caution in avoiding unauthorized copies and we may reject duplicate copies of the same Book, as multiple versions of the same Book confuse our users.

If you believe another party is publishing your content without your authorization, please read more about Google’s copyright policies.

Misleading and disappointing content
Don't provide content that misleads customers and/or provides a poor user experience. Content that consistently receives user complaints may be reviewed. Material that we don't permit includes but isn't limited to the following examples:

  • Books that could be easily mistaken for apps or other forms of digital content
  • Samples whose sole purpose is to advertise or drive purchase of other books
  • Metadata that is confusingly similar to existing Books, including misleading titles, authors, descriptions or covers, or that may cause confusion as to the format of the Book
  • Books with quality issues in the content file(s) that render the content difficult to understand
  • Machine-read audio content that can clearly be identified as non-human
  • Audio that is primarily music, except for educational songs, or performances that mix stories with music

Violent, Threatening, or Disgusting Materials
Incitement to violence or terrorism is not permitted. This includes materials that are intended to harass, or which threaten to cause serious physical injury or death to an individual or rally support to physically harm others. In addition, we will not allow extremely graphically violent or scatological materials.

Hate Speech
Content that promotes hate, violence, or genocide towards any identifiable or protected group or individual is not permitted. Protected groups and individuals include those based on race or ethnicity, nationality (including citizenship), religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Sexually explicit material


  • Images of nudity with educational, artistic, historical, or documentary value
  • Sexually explicit content

Although these types of sexually explicit materials are permitted, we do require that publishers mark their content as being "For mature audiences" on the Book's Settings tab in the Partner Center.

Not permitted

  • Images of nudity and/or sexually explicit audio descriptions with no educational, artistic, historical, or documentary value
  • Pornographic content
  • Sexually explicit text in any Book metadata (i.e. titles, subtitles or descriptions)
  • Sexually explicit text, images, or audio content depicting extreme sexual acts such as acts of pedophilia or sex with animals
  • Content that drives traffic to pornographic online services

Please note that we may make exceptions based on artistic, educational, historical, documentary, or scientific considerations, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public.

Child safety
Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child sexual abuse in either text, imagery, or audio. We strictly prohibit the use of Google Play to create, possess, or distribute child sexual abuse text, imagery, or audio. Be advised that we work closely with law enforcement. We will report purveyors of child exploitation, and any content promoting these activities will be removed.

Personal and Confidential Information
Don't share personal or confidential information. We prohibit unauthorized selling or distribution of private and confidential information, such as credit card details, Social Security numbers, driver's and other license numbers, or any other information that is not publicly accessible. Keep in mind that in most cases, information that is already available elsewhere on the internet or in public records is not considered to be private or confidential under our policies.

Illegal Activities
Don't engage in unlawful activities on Google Play. If we are notified of unlawful activities, we will take appropriate action, which may include removing access to our products, suspending your Google Account, or reporting you to the relevant authorities.

Respect copyright laws. We will respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. Repeated infringement of intellectual property rights, including copyright, will result in account termination. Read more about Google’s copyright policies.

Policy Enforcement

Google receives reports of policy violations through the Report Abuse button found in our product. Actions we may take include:

  • Removing the material
  • Disabling your access to one or more Google products
  • Deleting your Google account
  • Reporting illegal materials to appropriate law enforcement authorities
  • Debiting your account to cover customer refunds

When a Book is undergoing content review for potential violation of our Content Policy, we may temporarily disable preview in both Google Play and Google Books search.

Just because a user disagrees with certain material or find it to be inappropriate doesn't mean we'll remove it or take other action. We understand that people may have many different points of view, and we take this into consideration when reviewing reports of abuse.

Google reserves the right not to sell any Book submitted to Google Play at anytime in its sole discretion.

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