Make a book available for free on Google Play

Some features described on this page may not be available, as selling books on Google Play is limited to certain countries.

You can make your book available for free on Google Play by following our regular submission process. Here are some details that you might find useful for free books:

  • Your book must be available for preview on Google Books. (Learn more about Google Books.) However, the Google Books preview percentage is a separate setting that is unaffected by whether your book is free on Google Play or not. If you want users to be able to read your entire book on Google Books, set the preview type to 100% on the Settings tab. You can also enable downloads of your book directly from Google Books.

  • You still need to provide payment settings. If you created your account after July 2014, you may have already provided the required payment settings upon sign-up. Otherwise, even if you're not expecting to earn any money, you need to set up a payment profile with your business address, add a sales territory, and link the two. You don't have to add your bank account details if you're making all your books available for free, but you should otherwise follow these steps for configuring your payment settings.

  • Provide a list price of 0 (zero) for the book. You can do this in the book's Prices tab. Be sure to specify both the currency and the countries where the book should be made available for free. You may wish to enable currency conversion to more easily apply the zero price to other countries. (Accounts created after July 2014 have currency conversion enabled by default.)

  • You can make your books available for free for a limited time. You can enter start and end dates for prices. Access this option by clicking more details under the price. The price will apply at 00:00 on the start date and expire at 23:59 on the end date, according to the buyer's time zone. If your book should be available for sale after the promotional period, be sure to provide a price that will apply afterward.

  • You can choose to enable Digital Rights Management (DRM) on your free books. Digital Content Management can also be set on the Settings tab.

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