The Content tab

To add or update the content and cover files for a book:

  1. Sign in to your Partner Center account.
  2. Go to the Book Catalog.
  3. Click the book's title and then Content.

How to upload ebook content

For Ebooks, you can upload one or more files for one book or multiple books in the Partner Center.

One file for a single ebook

To update content, cover images, or upload a new file to the existing book listing:

  1. In the book’s settings, go to the “Content” tab.
  2. Click Upload a file.

Each file should be less than 2 GB.

Multiple files for a single ebook

To upload multiple files for a single book:

  1. In the book’s detail page, go to the “Content” tab.
  2. Make sure that your files follow the naming requirements.
  3. Upload and submit all the files at the same time.
    • If you don't submit all the required files at the same time, the files are listed under "Pending Content" on the book's Content tab.
    • The content or cover doesn't process until you submit all the expected files. For instance:
      • ISBN_frontcover.pdf stays listed under "Pending Content" until you upload ISBN_interior.pdf.

When you update a book with multiple files:

  • For multi-part .pdfs, like ISBN_1of2.pdf and ISBN_2of2.pdf:
    • Submit all the files again, even if not all of them are getting updated.
  • For a .pdf file without the cover, like ISBN_interior.pdf and ISBN_frontcover.jpg:
    • Submit again the content (ISBN_interior.pdf) to trigger the process for the most recent set of files.
    • Alternatively, if you update the cover image with a .pdf file and don't change any other files, name the file as ISBN_frontcoveronly.pdf.

Multiple files for multiple ebooks

To upload multiple files for multiple ebooks:

  1. Go to the Book Catalog.
  2. Select Advanced options and then Upload content files (PDF, JPG…).
  3. Choose a format.
  4. Select "ebook".

Each updated filename must have either:

  • The same filename as its original file, or
  • The identifier as a prefix

If you use a filename that doesn't meet these requirements, you get a new book listing in your Book Catalog.

Ebook display types

  • Flowing: .epub files.
  • Fixed: .pdf files.
  • Cover: Cover image files are displayed in a separate list, under "Cover Files."

How to upload audiobook content

One or multiple files for a single audiobook

To upload an audiobook content file:

  1. In the book’s detail page, go to the “Content” tab.
  2. Select “Upload audio file.”
  3. Drag-and-drop to files to reorder if needed.
  4. Each file will be displayed with the option to write a chapter name. Naming one chapter will require you to name all chapters. If you choose to not name the chapter, chapter names will be automatically generated.

To upload a new version, which replaces the current version:

  1. In the book’s detail page, go to the “Content” tab.
  2. You can select “Copy to new draft” or “New blank draft.”
    • “Copy to new draft” will copy the old files to a new version to edit table of contents and chapter ordering.
    • “New blank draft” won’t carry over any of the existing files or changes.

Multiple files for multiple audiobooks

To upload multiple files for multiple audiobooks:

  1. Go to the Book Catalog.
  2. Select Advanced options and then Upload content files (PDF, JPG…).
  3. Choose a format.
  4. Select "Audiobook".

Each updated filename must:

  • Have the same filename as its original file, or the book identifier as a prefix like ISBN or GGKEY.
  • Follow audiobook filename guidelines to avoid 24 hour processing delays.

If you use a filename that doesn't meet these requirements, you get a new book listing in your Book Catalog.

Upload & update files

Tips:

File status & history

To check the status of your files:

  1. In the Play Books Partner Center, click Book Catalog.
  2. Click on a book’s title.
  3. In the book’s detail page, go to the Content tab.
    • File status is shown for each file name underneath “Status” heading.

Ebooks:

Files may appear in your upload history under a different filename than the one you used.

Pending Content Files are listed here if they haven't been successfully processed yet. This content includes files currently undergoing processing and files with errors. Check the "Issues" column for the details.
Processed Content The most recent successfully processed version of each display type is listed here. The version that will be available on Google Books and on Google Play, depending on your settings.
Cover Files Processed cover image files are listed here.
Past Files Previous versions of your book files are listed here, which includes versions that didn't successfully process and old cover image files.

Audiobooks:

You can find all versions and status of your audiobook content in the drop down provided.

Live Content This is the version that's available on Google Books and on Google Play, depending on your settings.
Approved Content This is the version that will be available on Google Books and on Google Play once the book is reviewed and published.
Draft Content Content has been uploaded but not yet submitted.
Pending Content Files that haven't been successfully processed yet.
Disapproved Content Content that didn’t meet the audio file requirements. View the issues tab to find error messages.
Cover Files Processed cover image files are listed here.
Supplemental PDF PDF files that are available to the reader in addition to the audio file.

Content reviewers

After your content processes successfully, you can add content reviewers. Content reviewers acquire a copy of your book at no charge through their personal Google Play library. To view your book, add yourself as a content reviewer. Learn more on how to grant a book to a content reviewer.

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