This article applies to the new Partner Centre experience. If you see the 'Metadata' tab when you select an individual book, you're in the previous Partner Centre experience. Read Add a single book.

Add a new book quick-start guide

Quickstart guide to add a new book

The new Partner Centre shows you step-by-step instructions on how to sell your books on Google Play and how to make your book discoverable through Google book search. Once you have access to the new Partner Centre, you can switch between the old and new Partner Centre.

Step 1: Add a new book

To add a new book to the Play Books Partner Centre:

  1. Sign in to the Play Books Partner Centre.
  2. On the left navigation panel, click Book catalogue.
  3. On the left, click Add book.
  4. If your account has multiple templates, select which template to apply. Learn more about templates.
  5. Select which 'Sell option' you want.
    • Sell eBook on Google Play
    • Offer a preview on Google Books only
  6. Select a 'Book ID'.
    • If you don’t have an ISBN or EAN, click Get a Google book ID (GGKEY). You're assigned a GGKEY after you click Save and continue
    • If you have an ISBN or EAN, enter the ISBN or EAN in the box.
  7. Click Save and continue.
Important: Once you enter an ISBN or EAN, you can’t change it. Learn more about ISBNs.
Step 2: Provide a description of the book

The Book info tab is where you set up the product details about your book. This tab includes four sections:

  • About the book
  • Genres
  • Contributors
  • Settings

About the book

In the About the book tab, you enter information about your book such as the title, description, publisher, publication date and series information.
Important: You have to add a title in order to publish your book.

List of values that you can enter

  • Title 
  • Subtitle
  • Description
  • Book ID
  • Language
  • Publisher
  • Publication date
  • Format
  • Page count
  • Series name
  • Series number
  • Minimum age
  • Maximum age
  • For mature audiences?
  • Related books
Learn more about book metadata.


Important: Books need at least one genre for publication. All genres should be from the same subject standard.

To select a genre for your book:

  1. In the Genre tab, click the down arrow .
  2. From the drop-down, select a subject standard.
    • We recommend BISAC (Book Industry Subject and Category) because genres in the Play Store are based on BISAC. If you use a different subject standard, we automatically adapt other codes to work with their BISAC equivalents.
  3. Enter a genre name or code.
  4. Select from the genres that match your search.
  5. To add more genres, click Add a genre.
    • We recommend a maximum of three genres per book.
    • The first genre should be the most relevant to the book.
    • Use the same subject standard for all genres.
  6. Click Save and continue.


You can add contributors to your book one at a time. To add contributors:

  1. Type in the contributor’s name in the 'Name' field.
  2. Click the down arrow and select the contributor’s role.
  3. Add a biography for the contributor (optional).
  4. To add more contributors, click Add a contributor and repeat steps 1 to 3.
  5. Click Save and continue.


The Settings tab lets you choose how your title will be displayed on Google Play Books. 

Learn more about the settings tab.

Advanced settings

You can also add advanced settings to your book.

Google Play and Google Books search advanced settings

  • Show photos in Google Play Books?
  • Insert a blank page after the cover?
  • Create flowable text?
  • Show PDF?
  • Reading order (non-EPUBs only)
  • Territories
  • Show photos in Google Books preview?
  • Name of site for printed book
  • Link for printed book
  • Publisher website
  • Publisher logo
  • Enable download of all pages
  • Allow preview before the on-sale date?
Step 3: Upload content and cover files
In the Content tab, upload files for the content and cover of your book.

Basic requirements

Here are the basic requirements for the content and cover of your book:

  • Types of files that we can use: 
    • PDF and EPUB for the content
    • JPEG, TIFF, ZIP, PDF and PNG for the cover
  • Maximum file size of 2 GB per file
For a full list of requirements, including how to name your files, review the file and upload requirements.

File processing status

Google will process your files to make them available on our platforms. You can find the processing status of your files on the Content tab. Learn more about book status message explanations.

Content reviewers

You can check how your book appears on Google Play when you add content reviewers. They can read the book on any supported device without buying it. You can grant access to a book to content reviewers before it's available for sale. Learn more about content review.
Step 4: Enter price settings

In the Pricing tab, set the prices to sell your book. To add price settings:

  1. Click the down arrow  next to the currency and select the currency.
  2. Type in the price.
  3. In the field next to the price, click the down arrow and select where the price applies.
    • To jump to a country in the list, enter the first character of the country name.
    • If you select 'Worldwide' or 'Euro area', you can select countries that you want to exclude.
  4. To add more prices, click Add a price and repeat steps 1 to 4.
  5. Click Save and continue.
Learn more about book prices on Google Play.

Additional settings

You can also add additional price settings to your books.

List of additional settings

  • Is tax included?
  • Effective dates
Learn more about book price additional settings.

Effective prices

If currency conversion is enabled in the Payment Centre, you can provide a single price for Google to convert. You can provide more than one base price and specify the countries for each base price. Learn more about currency conversion for books.
Step 5: Review and publish

In the Review tab, confirm that all the information is correct before you publish the book. Click on any field to go back to the previous tab.

When you've finished with book settings, click Publish. The book will be published within 24 hours.

Book details

Under 'Book details', check that the information is correct in these fields:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Description
  • Genres
  • Publisher

Content and cover

Under 'Content and cover', make sure that all of your content is uploaded.

Book prices

Under 'Book prices', check that the information is correct in these fields:

  • Region
  • Your price

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