Remove a book

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

If you want to remove unauthorised 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 that you submitted

Remove a book from sale on Google Play

  1. Sign in to the Partner Centre.
  2. At the left, click Book Catalogue.
  3. Click the title of the book that you want to remove.
  4. Click the Summary tab.
  5. Change status.
    • To remove the book, but keep it previewable, select Stop selling on Google Play
    • To remove the book from  both Google Play and Google Books, select Deactivate this book.
  6. Click Save.

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

  1. Sign in to the Partner Centre.
  2. At the left, click Book Catalogue.
  3. Click Export books and download the generated spreadsheet.
    Note: You don't need to select any of the tick box options.
  4. Open the file in a spreadsheet programme.
  5. For each book that you want to remove from sale, change the value in the column labelled Enable for sale? to No.
  6. Return to the Book catalogue and click Advanced, then Upload CSV.
  7. Select the edited spreadsheet file and upload it.

Remove a book's preview from Google Books

Important: You can't choose to remove the book from Google Books while you keep it available for sale on Google Play

  1. Sign in to the Partner Centre.
  2. At the left, click Book Catalogue.
  3. Click the title of the book that you want to remove from preview.
  4. Click  the Summary tab.
  5. Click Change status
  6. To remove the book from Google Books, select Deactivate this book.  

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

Your book catalogue doesn't list deactivated books. If you want to change their settings you can search for them. Google Books displays basic information about your book, 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 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 recognise 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 that 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 digitise 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 labelled '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 catalogue 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 find out which third party source provided the metadata to us.

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