Add a new book quick-start guide

Step 2: Provide a description of the book

The book info tab is where you’ll set up the product details about your book. This tab is split into four sections:

About the book

The 'About the Book' tab lets you enter information about your book such as the title, description, publisher, publication date and series information.

Full list of values that you can enter

  • Title 
  • Subtitle
  • Description
  • Language
  • Publisher
  • Publication date
  • On-sale date
  • Format
  • Page count
  • Series name
  • Series number
  • Age range
  • For mature audiences?
  • Related books

Learn more about the book metadata you can add in this tab.

Important: You must add a title in order to publish your book. ​


In the genre tab, you can select one or more genres associated to your book. To select a genre, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Down arrow down arrow and select a genre standard such as BISAC or BIC.
  2. Enter the genre name in the box. The box will automatically display genres that match your search.
  3. To add more genres, click Add a genre and repeat steps 1 and 2. We recommend no more than three genres per book. The first genre should be the most relevant to the book.
  4. When you’ve finished, click Save and continue.
Important: You must add at least one genre in order to publish your book.


 ​You can add contributors (authors, editors, illustrators) to your book one at a time. To add contributors, follow these steps:
  1. Type in the contributor’s name.
  2. In the field next to their name, click the Down arrow  down arrow  and select the individual's role.
  3. Add a bio for the contributor (optional).
  4. To add more contributors, click Add a contributor and repeat steps 1 to 3.
  5. When you’ve finished, click Save and continue.​


The settings tab lets you determine how your title will be displayed on Google. You have various display options for your book: 

​How much of your book can be previewed. 

Learn more about the settings tab.

Advanced Settings

You can also add advanced settings to your book.

Full list of Google Play and Book Search advanced settings

Google Play advanced settings

  • Suppress auto-generated flowing text
  • Use PDF only in Google Books search 
  • Show photos in Google Play Books
  • Insert a blank page after the cover
  • Reading order (non-ePubs only)

Google Book advanced settings

  • Territories
  • Show photos in Google Books preview
  • Name of site for printed book
  • Link for printed book
  • Publisher website
  • Publisher logo
  • Allow PDF download
  • Allow preview before On Sale Date
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