Remove a book

This page explains the process for removing a book from Google Books or Google Play.

If you want to remove unauthorized content from a different Google product, check Google's policy and processes for alleged copyright infringement. The following steps are the appropriate procedure for removal based on how much of the book is available for preview.

Remove a book you submitted

Remove a book from sale on Google Play

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center.
  2. On the left, click Book Catalog.
  3. Click the title of the book that you want to remove.
  4. Go to the Summary tab.
  5. Select Remove from Google Play to remove the book from sale but keep it previewable in Google Books. Select Deactivate completely to remove the book from both Google Play and Google Books.

You can remove multiple books from sale by use of a spreadsheet.

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center.
  2. On the left, click Book Catalog.
  3. Click Export books and download the generated spreadsheet.
    Note: You don't need to select any of the checkbox options.
  4. Open the file in a spreadsheet program.
  5. For each book you want to remove from sale, change the value in the column labeled Enable for Sale? to No.
  6. Return to the Book Catalog and click Advanced, then Upload CSV.
  7. Select the edited spreadsheet file and upload it.

Remove a book's preview from Google Books

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center.
  2. On the left, click Book Catalog.
  3. Click the title of the book that you want to remove from preview.
  4. Go to the Summary tab.
  5. Select Deactivate completely to remove the book from Google Books.
    Note: You can't choose to remove the book from Google Books while you keep it available for sale on Google Play.

To remove a large number of books from preview, please contact the Google Books support team. The support team can also assist you in the closure of your account if you want to remove all of your books.

Deactivated books will no longer be listed in your Book Catalog, but you'll be able to search for them if you want to change their settings in the future. Basic information about your book will continue to display on Google Books, but users won't be able to view any of the contents.

Remove an old version of a book

When you submit an updated book file, the new file will replace the old file once the new file is successfully processed. Read our files and uploading overview.

  • Use the same filename if possible to help our system recognize that the file is an update for an existing book, and not a file for an entirely new book.
  • Submitting an updated version works for both cover files and content files.
  • Older versions will continue to be listed on the book's "Content" tab as historical information. Learn more about the Content tab.

Remove a book you didn't submit

If you see a book on Google Play or Google Books that you hold the rights to but didn't submit, please follow the appropriate procedure for removal based on how much of the book is available for preview. You can search for the book on Google Books to check how it appears.

Note: The visibility of the book indicates the method by which it was added to Google Books.

Remove a book that's for sale on Google Play or previewable on Google Books:

​Contact the party responsible for the book (you can see on the Google Books preview page who granted Google permission to display pages) or report this content for removal.

Remove a book with partial pages (snippets) visible on Google Books

Books displayed in snippet view are available through the efforts of the Library Project, through which Google partners with libraries to digitize their collections. These books are searchable, but Google Books only displays a few sentences of context around the search term, rather than any full pages.

Register your book to exclude this from the Library Project.

Remove a book labeled "No preview available" on Google Books

The book in question is one of many books added to the Google Books index in a metadata-only view. Keep in mind that this result doesn't contain copyrighted pages from the book itself. Instead, the record shows information about the book, including licensed bibliographic data such as the ISBN, author, publisher, and publication date, as well as search results from public websites. In effect, this is like seeing a library catalog listing online. Google aims to make the Google Books index as comprehensive as possible. For this reason, Google may display multiple entries for a single book, including international editions or previously published versions.

In general, Google doesn't remove metadata-only results from the index. However, if you believe the display of this information violates your rights as a copyright holder, you can file a formal legal complaint and Google will review the notice promptly. You can also contact us to learn which third-party source provided the metadata to us.

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