Add multiple books

If you wish to add only a few books, you may find it easier to add them individually.

If you have a large catalog, you may find it convenient to add books to your account in bulk.

Provide book settings using a spreadsheet

If your books don't have unique identifiers (such as ISBNs), you cannot add them to your Book Catalog using a spreadsheet. Instead of following these instructions, either add settings for non-ISBN books individually (recommended in most cases), or create new entries in your Book Catalog by uploading book files first, then providing settings.
  1. Sign in to the Partner Center at play.google.com/books/publish/.
  2. On your Book Catalog page, click the Add books button, then Add/Edit Books with CSV, and select Download Template CSV.
  3. If you have more than one template, select the template with the default settings you'd like to apply to the books you're planning to add.
  4. Download the generated file and open it in a spreadsheet program. If your program offers multiple options for opening the file, specify these options:
    • separated by tabs
    • UTF-16 encoding
  5. Add information about the books you're adding, one book per row. Although only the title and identifier columns are required, we recommend you provide as much information as possible. If you leave any cells blank, they'll be given the default value as determined by the template you selected. You can find explanations for each column by visiting our page about spreadsheets.
  6. After you've filled out the spreadsheet and saved it, return to the Partner Center and your Book Catalog. Click the Add books button, then Add/Edit Books with CSV, and select Upload CSV.
  7. Check that your spreadsheet was properly processed by visiting your upload history (Add books > Add/Edit Books with CSV > View Upload History). If there are any errors, click the number of rows with errors to download a report. After making any necessary changes, upload the corrected spreadsheet. Successfully processed books will appear in your Book Catalog (you may need to reload the page).

Upload content and cover files

  1. In your Partner Account, click the Add Books button, then Add Content for Books.
  2. Click Choose files and select the files you wish to upload from your computer. You can upload multiple files, although each file must be less than 2 GB in size. Make sure your files follow our filename guidelines, as our system uses the filename to determine the associated book and content type for each file.
  3. Once your files are successfully processed, they'll appear on the Content files page for each book. If you're not missing any necessary settings or files, your books will appear on Google Books and, depending on your settings, on Google Play.

Filename guidelines for bulk uploads

  • If your books already have unique identifiers (such as an ISBN or a Google-assigned GGKEY): Replace [ISBN] in the example filenames below with the book's actual identifier. (For GGKEYs, you don't have to include the GGKEY: prefix.) If you have both a print and an electronic ISBN, we generally recommend naming your PDF files using the print ISBN, and naming the ePub files using the electronic ISBN.

  • If your books don't have unique identifiers: You can use your own filenames, replacing [ISBN] in the example filenames below with text of your choice. We recommend that you avoid using the underscore character ( _) except as noted in the examples (e.g., _interior or _frontcover).
    • Submitting updated files: If you wish to submit an update to the content or cover of a book which originally didn't have an identifier, you can either reuse the same filename as the initial upload, or name the updated file using the GGKEY identifier which will be assigned once the book is added to your Book Catalog. Using a different filename that's not based on the identifier will create a new entry in your Book Catalog.

Cover files should be in PNG, JPEG, PDF, or TIFF format and have an appropriate filename extension.

A single PDF file including the cover [ISBN].pdf
A PDF file that does not contain covers; front and back covers provided separately [ISBN]_interior.pdf - content
[ISBN]_frontcover.jpg (file extension may differ) - front cover
[ISBN]_backcover.jpg (file extension may differ) - back cover, optional
A book split into multiple PDF files [ISBN]_1of3.pdf
[ISBN]_2of3.pdf
[ISBN]_3of3.pdf (use the appropriate numbering)
An ePub file [ISBN].epub - content with cover included
[ISBN].jpg (file extension may differ) - front cover for marketing thumbnail, optional