Book settings

Some features described on this page may not be available, as selling books on Google Play is limited to certain countries.
The page describes the settings found on the Settings tab when viewing a specific book in your catalogue. Are you looking for other settings?
  • To edit your book's title, author information or description, go to the General details tab.
  • To change whether the book is available on Google Books or Google Play, go to the Summary tab.
  • To manage the default settings for new books, edit your templates.

The Partner Centre lets you customise how your book appears in a number of ways. To adjust these settings, go to the Book Catalogue, click the title of the book that you want to configure and click the Settings tab.

Click the headers below to show or hide descriptions for each type of settings.

Metadata is information about the book, such as the publisher name and publication date. None of this information is required, but the more data you provide, the easier it is for potential readers to discover your book.

Book Format The format of this edition.
  • For eBooks, select eBook only.
  • If this ISBN is used for a physical book as well as the digital edition, select the appropriate physical format.
Related ISBNs ISBNs for other books which are associated with this book. For example, if this book exists in both eBook and physical editions, you should provide the ISBN of the other format. Find out more about how to manage multiple ISBNs.
Subject The subject of the book, according to one of the following schemas: Select a schema and start typing a keyword to see matching subjects. You can add multiple subjects.
Language The primary language of the book, formatted as a three-letter ISO 639-2/B code (e.g. eng for English).
Age Groups The age range of the intended audience for the book. You can add multiple age groups.
Publication date The publication date of the book. This is bibliographic information and won't affect the book's availability. (See Google Search preview settings and distribution settings to limit visibility of your book based on date.)
Page Count The number of pages in the book.
Series Name The name of the series that the book belongs to, if any.
Volume in Series If the book belongs to a series, the volume number of the book.
Publisher Name The name of the publisher. This is publicly displayed on Google Books preview pages as "Pages displayed by permission of..."
Distribution settings

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

On-Sale Date Leave this field blank if the book can be made available for sale on Google Play immediately. If the book is under embargo, enter a date in the future to prevent the book from becoming available for sale before that date. Use the format YYYY-MM-DD.

This setting doesn't prevent your book from becoming available for preview on Google Books. A book which is enabled for sale, even with a future On Sale Date, will be previewable unless you also adjust your Google Search preview settings and set the option labelled No Preview Before On Sale Date.
DRM Enabled Tick this box if you want to apply Digital Rights Management (DRM) to your book.
Show Photos in eBook Tick this box if you have the rights to include images in the eBook. If a book contains a significant number of images, Google can sell it only if this box is ticked, or if you provide an ePub file.
Only Display Flowing Text From an ePub That I Provided Google has converted selected books into ePub format. Tick this box 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.)
Include Scanned Pages Tick this box if you wish to sell the book in PDF format.
For mature audiences? Tick this box if the book is intended for mature audiences only.
Copy/Paste Percentage The percentage of the book which can be copied and pasted elsewhere by buyers.
Google Search preview settings

The books that you submit can be previewed on Google Books, similar to the way a visitor to a physical book shop 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 quality reviewer instead.
Preview Type The percentage of the book that can be previewed. Options start at 20% and increase in increments of 10%.
Territories The countries where you have rights to make the books pre-viewable. 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.
Buy Link Text The text of the link that's displayed on Google Books to purchase the book directly from you.
Buy Link 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.
Preview Details Preview Details include two separate settings:
  • Show Photos in Preview. Tick this box if you have the rights to display images in the book's preview.
  • PDF Download Allowed. Tick this box if you want to make your entire book available for download as a PDF file. This option only applies to books which are 100% pre-viewable (according to the "Preview Type" setting).
Preview Availability Date/No Preview Before On Sale Date This setting may be labelled differently depending on other settings:
  • Preview Availability Date. The date prior to which no preview should be shown for the book.
  • No Preview Before On Sale Date. If your book is enabled for sale, you can tick this box to use the On Sale Date (in the Pricing and Distribution settings) as the preview availability date.
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