Templates (default book settings)

Templates allow you to configure default settings for new books, saving you the effort of providing the same details for each book. For example, you can set a logo for a template, and any books you add to your catalog with that template will automatically use that logo as well. (If you used the old version of the Partner Center, any imprints were migrated to the new interface as templates.)

A starting template with common values will be automatically generated when you create your account. The default template settings will be used whenever you add a book without specifying the template. If all your books share the same basic settings, a single template will probably be sufficient for your needs. You can also override template settings for individual books.

Changes to templates only affect new books and do not override settings for existing books, so we suggest you configure your template before adding any books. If you need to make bulk changes to existing books, you can use a spreadsheet.

To view your templates, visit the Book Catalog and click the Manage templates button. You'll see a list of your templates. Click the edit link to view or change details.

Template settings

General details

Template Name The name of this template.
Collection Code This collection code is automatically generated for new templates and is read-only. Use the collection code in ONIX feeds or when mailing books to Google for scanning.
Publisher Name The publisher name that will be publicly displayed on your book pages on Google Books and Google Play.
Apply Defaults Automatically Uncheck this box if you want to approve book settings manually in the interface, or by sending a metadata record via ONIX or spreadsheet.

Google Play settings


If all the books under the template will share the same price, you can provide the price on this page. Typically, prices are provided for individual books rather than for templates.

When you add a new price, you'll see a row with the following text:

Currency Price for Countries
  1. Click Currency to enter the currency, formatted as a three-letter ISO 4217 code.
  2. Click Price to enter the numeric price.
  3. Click Countries to enter the countries where you'd like this price to apply, formatted according to our guidelines.
    • If you've enabled currency conversion, you can list countries that use a different currency than the one you specified. Your converted prices will be based on your list price.
    • If you're not using the currency conversion tool, you should provide separate list prices in the local currency for each country where you wish to sell the book.

Click More details to access additional settings:

  • Tax included in price: Check this box if your price is tax-inclusive.
  • I'm subject to Fixed Book Price laws: Check this box if you're subject to fixed book price laws in the countries where this price applies. This option is only available if you indicated that fixed pricing laws apply to one of your sales territories.

To delete a price, click the X in the top right corner of the row.

Distribution settings

DRM Enabled Check this box if you wish to apply DRM (digital rights management) to books sold on Google Play.
Show Photos in eBook Check this box if you have the rights to include images in books sold on Google Play. If a book contains a significant number of images, we can sell it only if this box is checked or if we receive an ePub file.
Only Display Flowing Text From an ePub I Provided Google converts selected books into ePub format. Check this box if you would prefer to sell books in ePub format only if you directly provided the ePub file.
Include Scanned Pages Check this box if you want your books on Google Play to be available in PDF format (in addition to ePub).
Copy / Paste Percentage Select the percentage of the book that can be copied and pasted by buyers.

Google Books settings

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 previewable. See our instructions for formatting a list of countries.
Buy Link Text The text of the link displayed for Google Books users to purchase the book directly from you.
Buy Link The URL of the link displayed for Google Books users to purchase a print edition of the book directly from you. The URL should point to your website rather than to another retailer. Leave blank if you don't have a website where you sell the book. (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 our guidelines for logos.
Preview Details Preview Details include two separate settings:
  • Show Photos in Preview. Check this box if you have the rights to display images in the book's preview.
  • PDF Download Allowed. Check 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% previewable (according to the "Preview Type" setting).

Multiple templates

Add a new template

If you need multiple templates, you can create a new one by clicking the Add a new template button while viewing the Manage Templates page.

Apply template settings to a book

You select a template when you add an individual book to your catalog, or when you download a template spreadsheet for adding books in bulk. These books will inherit the template settings.

Later changes to templates won't be reflected in the settings of existing books, although the updated settings will be applied to any new books.

You can see which template was used for a given book by checking the book's label in the Book Catalog.