How to sell books on Google Play

We offer a base of users and an easy way to manage your content. You can sell your book both on Google Play and through other retailers. There is no cost for you to sell books on Google Play. You receive the majority of the revenue from each sale, and your revenue share will always be based on the list price that you provide.

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Important: Google Play Partners can sell eBooks in certain countries/regions. These features aren't available everywhere. At this time, only select partners can sell audiobooks on Google Play.

How it works for publishers and authors

You provide the book files

Join the Google Books Partner Program to submit books. We accept files in either PDF or EPUB format. If you upload both formats, readers will have a choice between the original layout of the PDF file and the text of the EPUB file.

You choose the book settings

Manage your books and sales settings in the Google Play Books Partner Centre. Choose the countries where you want to sell, choose whether to apply Digital Rights Management (DRM) and provide list prices. Except in cases where Google is acting as your agent or where Google is required to sell at a price set by the publisher, Google has the discretion to set prices. However, we'll share the revenue from any sales with you according to the list price that you provide.

Google handles hosting, sales and distribution

Your books are sold on Google Play, a digital content experience available internationally on multiple platforms. A limited percentage of your book will be available for preview on Google Books. You can download detailed preview and sales reports, and you receive a majority of the revenue from each sale.

Tip: For more details on how to make a book available for sale on Google Play, use our step-by-step checklist.

How it works for buyers

Readers can find your books by browsing the Google Play Store, or by following a link from the book's preview on Google Books. When they purchase your book, they can read it in their web browser, or use the Google Play Books app. Readers can also transfer the book to supported eReaders. Learn more about the reader experience with Google Play Books.

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