At WriteHit.com, we are always aiming to expand the platforms through which our own and our clients’ ebooks are distributed. That is why recently we decided to sign up for the Google Books Publisher program.
Google Books is basically a search engine for books. You submit your book to Google, and they make (a sample of) it available online that can be searched by the Google search engine. So if someone is searching for a topic covered within your book, they might come across it and choose to buy it on various websites where it is up for sale.
Currently Google still holds the vast majority of the search market share. Android phones have also become extremely popular by now which normally allow access to the Google Play store. Within the UK, I’ve noticed that Google Play is now selling books as well. This seems like a brilliant opportunity for WriteHit and our clients to jump into!
According to the help available online, Google Books publishers can make their ebooks available for sale through Google Play as well.
Initially there were some issues signing up, but our account is now live so expect to see excerpts of our ebooks appearing on Google Books as soon as they are published!
For anyone attempting the same thing and running into persistent error messages ; Google have advised me that sign up for Google Books as a publisher is currently working properly with a Google account that does NOT have a linked Adsense or Adwords account. So if your Google account has Adwords or Adsense already linked to it, it might be worth using a different one for Google Books or creating a new one especially for it.