Remove a book

This page explains the process to remove a book from Google Books or Google Play.

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

Remove a book you submitted

Remove a book from sale on Google Play

To remove a single book:

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

To remove multiple books, use a spreadsheet:

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center.
  2. On the left, select Book Catalog.
  3. Select Export books and download the generated spreadsheet. 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.
  7. Select Advanced and then Upload CSV.
  8. Select the edited spreadsheet file and upload it.
Remove a book that you began to set up but didn't publish
Contact our support team. They can help deactivate the incomplete book and remove it from your catalog.
Remove a book's preview from Google Books
  1. Sign in to the Partner Center.
  2. On the left, select Book Catalog.
  3. Select the title of the book that you want to remove from preview.
  4. Go to the Summary tab.
  5. Select Deactivate completely.
    • 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, contact the Google Books support team. If you want to remove all of your books, the support team can also assist you in the closure of your account.

Tip: Your Book Catalog doesn't list deactivated books in the default list, but you can search for them if you want to change their settings. Google Books displays basic information about your book even after it’s deactivated, but users can't view the book's contents.

Remove an old version of a book

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

  • Use the same filename if possible. The same filename helps our system recognize that the file is an update for an existing book and not a file for an entirely new book.
  • You can submit an updated version for both cover and content files.
  • Older versions 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 find a book on Google Play or Google Books that you hold the rights to but didn't submit, follow the appropriate procedure for removal based on how much of the book is available for preview. To check the preview, you can search for the book on Google Books.

Remove a book that's for sale on Google Play or previewable on Google Books
You can find who granted Google permission to display pages on the Google Books preview page. Contact the party responsible for the book or report this content for removal.
Remove a book with partial pages visible on Google Books

Books displayed in snippet view are available through the efforts of the Library Project, where 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.

To exclude a book from the Library Project, register your book.

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 includes information about the book: the ISBN, author, publisher, publication date, and other licensed bibliographic information. It also includes search results from public websites. In effect, this result is like a library catalog listing online.

Google aims to make the Google Books index as comprehensive as possible. For this reason, Google may also 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. To learn which third-party source provided the metadata to us you can contact us.

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