Google Books, which is part of Google Play, has updated its publishing program, a move that is supposed to make publishing to Google Play easier. I was alerted to this update via this letter:
“Dear Google Books Partner,
Improving the publishing experience is a top priority for Google Books. The Partner Program has evolved over the last few years, so we decided to build a brand new Google Play Books Partner Center–a new tool that’s faster and easier to use. Starting today, you’ll be able to use the new interface to manage your titles across Google Books and Google Play.
Highlights of the new Partner Center include:
- Speed: Pages load more quickly, regardless of the size of your book catalog.
- Convenience: Add and remove additional users, and convert prices into foreign currencies directly from your account.
- Simplicity: Both preview and sales settings for your books can now be found in the same place, whether in the interface or in spreadsheets. Manage your account more easily with updated navigation and search.
- Control: View and edit book descriptions, subjects/categories, and other bibliographic information right within the interface. Remove titles from your account with a few clicks.”
Now, in case you don’t know, you can publish to Google books in either PDF or ePub formats. Readers purchase the books through the Google Play store and can read the books on their computer or on any devise that allows uploading in either of these formats. I, for instance, read PDF books on my iPad.
In the past, I’ve said that I have (for now) decided not to publish my books through Google Play. My original reason was because the site looked cheap and trashy. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought so because Google has been improving its store. To see it, click here.
Even though the site looked (looks) better, I was still adverse to publishing there because I found the entire publishing process onerous. Again, I must not have been the only one who thought so because Google has just released this video to highlight the platform’s improvements.
Now, I’ve just gone through all the information provided (click here to see for yourself) and I am still not convinced that this platform is easy and intuitive. Still, it can’t be any more difficult to use than Apple’s publishing platform (which requires a Mac to access). For now, I’m going to hold off on publishing through Google Books. Still, if you do so, I’d love to hear your story.