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Book status and availability

Google Play partners can sell Ebooks in certain countries/regions. The features described here aren't available everywhere. At this time, selling audiobooks on Play is limited to select partners. While Google isn’t currently accepting new audiobook partners, this is subject to change. Please check back for updates. 

There are 3 levels of availability for books submitted to the Partner Program:

  • Activated for preview in Google Books and enabled for sale in the Google Play store (available in limited countries)
  • Activated for preview in Google Books
  • Deactivated (no preview on Google Books and not available for sale on Google Play)

Status messages

Each book will display one of the following status messages in your Book Catalog and on the individual book's Summary page:

  • Live on Google Play: The book is available in the Google Play store. Hover over the status message in the Book Catalog to see the countries where the book is available for sale.
  • Live on Google Books: The book is previewable on Google Books. In the Book Catalog, hover over the status message to see the countries where the preview is available.
  • Needs approval: You've added this book to your account, but you haven't yet indicated whether you'd like it to be available on Google Books or in the Google Play Store. Click the book's title in the Book Catalog and go to the Summary tab to set the book's availability.
    Note: You can avoid this status in the future by adjusting template settings to automatically apply defaults.
  • Needs action: There's an issue that prevents the book from going live on Google Books or the Google Play Store. In the Book Catalog, hover over the status message in your account to see more details. Use our troubleshooting tool to check what steps you should take.
  • Processing: A recent change to your book's files or settings is still processing. Check back soon for an updated status.
  • Deactivated: The book was added to the Book Catalog, but then was unpublished and is currently not live on either Google Books or Google Play. It will not display in the default view of the Book Catalog, but will show up for specific searches.
  • Unknown: This status can appear when our system is still processing your book settings.

If you'd like to view details on the status of all your books without hovering over each status message in the Book Catalog, you can download a spreadsheet of your books and view the Status column. When you download the spreadsheet, be sure to check the box next to "Show metadata columns."

Change availability

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center.
  2. On the left, click Book Catalog.
  3. Click the book title.
  4. Click Summary.
    Note: For new books or inactive books, the tab may be called “Publish.”
  • Activate the book to allow it to become previewable on Google Books.

  • Enable the book for sale to allow it to be sold on Google Play (available in limited countries).

  • Deactivate the book to remove it from Google Books and Google Play.

Note: You may also need to provide files and settings for the book to go live. If this is the case, the book will show "Needs action."

You can't activate or deactivate previews for Google Books in bulk. Contact us if you need to do this. However, you can enable multiple books for sale or remove them from sale on Google Play by the use of a spreadsheet.

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