Google Play Books is an eBook digital distribution service operated by Google. They offer eBooks distribution to more than seventy countries, with over five million eBooks available worldwide.


Google Play Books uses a wholesale pricing model. This means that authors and publishers can set a recommended list price, and Google Play may discount the suggested retail price at their discretion.

Stores may lower your book's retail price to match the Google Play discount, and therefore It may be necessary to adjust your suggested retail price to accommodate this.

Suggested Wholesale Pricing will be added automatically when you opt-in all books at once. However, you can adjust this price if necessary, before publishing.

There is no minimum price at Google Play Books. You can list your book for free if you like! Otherwise, you'll price at 99-cents or above.

Promotional Pricing

At this time we are unable to support promotional pricing for services using the wholesale pricing model. This means that you will not be able to set a promotional price with services such as Google Play.


Authors who sell books on Google Play will be paid 44% of the wholesale price. If you use our recommended wholesale price, this will generally be about the same royalty you would receive on your standard pricing.

However, as mentioned above Google can sell the title for whatever price they want, but you will always be paid based on your wholesale price.


Google Play will not accept assetless preorders. You’ll need your book’s manuscript and cover.

Removing Books Already at Google Play

If you want to delist a title already at Google Play (to list with D2D), you must deactivate the title completely which includes listings found at Google Books.

To complete this process you must select the Change Status option on your Google Play account. This can be found by clicking on Book Catalog and selecting the title of the book to delist. On the Book Status page select the "Change status" button. A pop-up will appear with an option to “Deactivate this book”.

Once selected, a confirmation will be shown to indicate that you are going to delist from Google Play (and also not be previewed in Google Books).

Failure to select deactivate will result in Google Play flagging your book for a duplicate listing and will result in delays with us being able to list your title in a timely fashion. For more information on how to remove a book from Google Play see FAQ.