The Settings tab

This article describes the settings found on the Settings tab when you view a specific book in your catalog. Some features described on this page may not be available, as selling books on Google Play is limited to certain countries.

Change your book settings

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center.
  2. On the left, click Book Catalog.
  3. Click the book title.
  4. Click Book Infoand thenSettings.

Advanced book settings

You should review all the advanced settings to make sure your book’s setting is configured correctly on both Google Play Books and Google Books. The following are the 3 most important settings to check:

DRM Enabled/Apply DRM encryption? Check this box/select Yes if you want to apply Digital Rights Management (DRM) to your book.
Preview type/Preview limit The percentage of the book that can be previewed. Options start at 20% and increase in increments of 10%.

Copy & paste percentage/limit

The percentage of the book which can be copied and pasted elsewhere by buyers.
Distribution settings/Google Play Books

Distribution settings include additional options for selling your book on Google Play.



Create flowable text?

Google has converted selected books into .epub format. Check this box/select No if Google converted your book but you don't want to use Google's .epub version. (You can provide your own .epub file regardless of this setting).

Show PDF?

To hide the PDF version from users as "Original Pages," select No.

  • Important: If you select No and don't provide us with an .epub file, you can't sell the book in Play.

Show photos in Google Play Books?

Check this box if you have the rights to include images in the eBook. If a book has a large number of images, Google can sell it only if this box is checked or if you provide an .epub file.

Reading order

Change this setting if the pages of this book appear in reverse order. This setting applies only to non-.epub files.


Check this box if the book is intended for mature audiences only. (If you use a new Partner Center, this setting is available under “About the book”).

Insert a blank page after the cover?

Check this box/select Yes if you have not added a blank page between the cover and the first content page in this .pdf or fixed layout file. We will then insert one for you to preserve the original left-to-right page layout.

Google Search preview settings/Google Books search

The books you submit can be previewed on Google Books, similar to the way a visitor to a physical bookstore can browse through books on the shelves. If you sell the book on your website, you can add a link to the purchase page for readers who want the entire book.

Want to preview a book before it goes on sale? This sort of preview is different from the Google Books preview—add a content reviewer instead.




The countries where you have rights to make the books previewable. This field is required for all books, and for new books is pre-filled with WORLD. If you don't have worldwide rights, see the instructions for formatting a list of countries, as you'll need to list the countries using their 2-letter ISO 3166 codes.

Name of site for printed book

The text of the link that's displayed on Google Books to purchase the book directly from you.

Link for printed book

The URL where Google Books users can purchase the book directly from you. The URL should point to your website rather than to another retailer. (Google Books automatically provides a list of links to Google Play and third-party retailers.)

Publisher Website

The URL of the publisher's website. If provided, the publisher name and logo will link to this URL.

Publisher Logo

An image of the publisher logo. See the guidelines for logos.

Show photos in Google Books preview?

Check this box/select Yes if you have the rights to display images in the book's preview.

Allow .pdf download?

Check this box/select Yes if you want to make your entire book available for download as a .pdf file. This option only applies to books which are 100% previewable (according to the "Preview Type" setting).


This setting may be labeled differently depending on other settings:

  • Preview Availability Date. The date before which no preview should be shown for the book.
  • No Preview Before On Sale Date. If your book is enabled for sale, you can check this box to use the On Sale Date (in the Pricing and Distribution settings) as the preview availability date.

Allow preview before on sale date?

Select Yes if this book should be available for preview on Google Books at no charge before its on sale date (set in a book's “About the book” tab).

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