The Settings tab

Each book within your catalog has its own settings page. This article helps you to understand the different settings available for both ebooks and audiobooks.

Tip: Some features described on this page are only available in countries or regions that can sell books on Google Play.

Learn more about supported countries for selling books on Google Play.

Locate 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 Info and then Settings.

If you make any changes to your settings, before you exit the page, click Save.

Ebook settings

Apply Digital Rights Management (DRM) encryption: Prevents unauthorized copy or print of the book. Learn about DRM options for books on Google Play.

  • Tip: When the option is on, users can’t download the book.

Preview limit: Select the percentage of the book that users can preview. It shouldn’t be less than the minimum preview present in your agreement.

Copy or paste limit: Select the percentage of the book that buyers can copy and paste.

Advanced book settings

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Create flowable text?

Google has converted selected books into .epub format. 

  • If you don’t want to use this version: 
    • Check this box. 
    • Select No.
  • 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?

If you have the rights to include images in the ebook, check this box. 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

If the pages of this book appear in reverse order, change this setting. This setting applies only to non-.epub files.

Insert a blank page after the cover?

If you didn’t add a blank page between the cover and the first content page in this .pdf or fixed layout file, to have us insert one for you:  

  • Check this box
  • Select Yes

Tip: This setting preserves the original left-to-right page layout.  

Google Search
Users can preview your ebooks 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.
Tip: If you want to let users preview a book before it goes on sale, add a content review.




The countries or territories 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.” To get the 2-letter ISO 3166 code for each country, find it in Format a list of countries.

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. 

Tip: 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 you provide it, the publisher name and logo links to their URL.

Publisher Logo

An image of the publisher logo. Go to the guidelines for logos.

Show photos in Google Books preview?

If you have the rights to display images in this book: 

  • Check this box.
  • Select Yes.

Enable download of all pages

If you want to make your entire book available for download as a .pdf file: 

  • Check this box.
  • Select Yes.

Tip: This option only applies to books which are 100% previewable under 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, check this box to use the “On Sale Date” under “Pricing and Distribution” as the preview availability date.

Allow preview before on sale date?

If this book should be available for preview on Google Books before its on sale date, in the "About the book" tab, select Yes..

Audiobook settings

Sample length: You can edit the length of your book’s preview that's available to buyers. This can be a percentage of the total duration of each book or a specific duration in minutes. However, it can be no less than the minimum preview duration present in your agreement.

  • Samples may appear on Google Play and other Google services.
  • Before the on-sale date, no preview is available on Google Play or other Google services.

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