Some of you may have noticed changes in the places their publications are published. This is mainly due to our latest alignment to Google Play Books policies to remain a trusted partner. Being published in Google Play store is important so we will do everything in our power to keep giving you this opportunity.
Above copyright infringement, which is not only wrong but could cost you a lot as a publisher (and penalize your fellow self publishers), there are a lot of common rules you’ll be asked to follow in order to be on Google Play Books catalog. These policies are actually a good manual of the right way to act.
Let me give you a for instance: publishing books from other authors that are now in public domain isn’t legally forbidden. However, Google requires from the publisher that he brings something original to the work: let’s say new illustrations, notes, etc. Otherwise the publication will fall under the “spam and malware” category. Why? Since it’s legal, why wouldn’t you be allowed to sell a public domain book?
The truth is it’s legal to distribute it but making money out of something you didn’t work on doesn’t seem right, does it?
You will find here a very clear detail of Google Play Books policies. If you are used to publish public domain books with us, they won’t appear on Google Play Books anymore. However, if you’d like to contest a removal because you did provide original, relevant content, please feel free to contact us and explain in detail your case. We’ll try to assess your request as soon as possible.
In general, I consider there are some unspoken rules any publisher (self or traditional) should follow. Mainly because, if the goal is to sell books, you’ll need readers to be happy with the content you are providing. Also because these rules are often outlined by laws.
Which would mean avoiding “commercial only” content (books made of a big fat ad trying to sell you something, or part of a book forcing you to buy the rest of the story), books that actually aren’t books, misleading titles and metadata. (Publishing a book called “To kill a hummingbird” by Arper Leeh, with “The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Northern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it.” as a description isn’t ok.)
These rules are purely common sense and any creative mind would probably think expressing them out loud is unnecessary. I’m sure you are in this case. I nonetheless think it’s always a good reminder for all of us, so that the Book world remains a beautiful place.
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