6 Facts You Didn’t Know About Publishing on Google Play

2019 Updates for Google Play Distribution

Google recently updated their policies, and they now require a direct legal relationship with copyright holders, which required some logistical adjustments for PD. But we’re happy to report that distribution to Google Play through PublishDrive is fully up and running!

How Does it Work?

To remain compliant with Google’s updated policies, we’ve implemented a few changes in the distribution process. The most important change is that before we can distribute your books to Google Play, some preliminary tasks need to be completed by users.

If you’re a new or returning user and you’d like to distribute to Google Play through PublishDrive, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Fill out this form in the PublishDrive dashboard to be invited to the Google Play Books Program.
  • Once you receive an invitation from Google, sign up for a Google Play account.
  • Assign PublishDrive as the Service Provider for the account.
  • We’ll take care of the rest!

Fortunately, these tasks need to be done only once. After everything is set, we’ll take care of distribution and all operational tasks on your behalf.

Please also note these tasks may have a lead time of weeks. So if you wish to distribute to Google Play, it’s best to start the process as soon as possible.

Take the Next Step – Publish on Google Play!

Google Play Books doesn’t always allow new sign-ups from authors, and PublishDrive is one of the few platforms that offers reliable distribution to GP. As a trusted partner, we remain fully compliant with Google’s ongoing policy updates, giving authors access to this hard-to-reach retailer.

Sign up for PublishDrive today to reach Google’s global sales channels.

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You want to sell your books on Google Play? Great. Although ‘books’ are not the first thing that come to my mind when I hear ‘Google’, the numbers don’t lie: the tech giants bookstore is one of the biggest ones worldwide (selling in 72 countries with a different market share everywhere on the world). With 81% of the phones bought last year running Android (and we are not even talking about tablets here!), it would be just silly not to publish there.

Publishing on Google Play, however, is not as easy as it first seems. Knowing the pitfalls and the tricks could save you time, headache and money. Firstly, this article is for those of you who have just decided to go further than the Amazon – Barnes & Noble – iBooks triumvirate and are thinking about registration. And secondly, for those who are already selling there but want to learn some useful tricks and tips.

(6 facts you didn’t know about publishing on Google Play was updated on May 15, 2019).
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Do Not Get Caught Un-Quote

Do you remember the eighth commandment? Do not steal. Everybody knows that, and yet: sometimes we get caught off-guard, and even with the best intentions, we end up hearing the worst word a writer could ever hear: plagiarism.

Citing your resources is incredibly easy, and in this article we are going to help you out. It is extremely important to mention the sources you were using when doing your research or who inspired you, especially if you are writing nonfiction (you don’t want to be sued for plagiarism, do you?). The article is roughly based on my favorite publication ever, Chicago Manual of Style , and the extremely useful The Punctuation Guide . Please note that the traditions differ by country (US English vs UK English) and all big publishers have their taste in referencing. When in doubt, please don’t question your editor.

Mentioning others’ works

Underline, italics or quotation marks

When mentioning someone’s work in your text, you should ask the following question: is this the title of a standalone work? If the answer is yes, use italics: for movies, series, books, websites.

correct: I was reading The Jungle Book, when my brother came in.

incorrect: I was reading ‘The Jungle Book’, when my brother came in.
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