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Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« on: July 17, 2017, 07:05:12 AM »
Hi everyone,

I want to have an account on Google Play, but when I went to Google Play, it still says this:
We are not accepting new sign-ups at this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Well be back soon.

Is there any other way to publish on Google?

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 07:07:43 AM »
Hi everyone,

I want to have an account on Google Play, but when I went to Google Play, it still says this:
We are not accepting new sign-ups at this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Well be back soon.

Is there any other way to publish on Google?

There are others who know more details than I, but there was some sort of kerfuffle months ago and they stopped taking new accounts. I and a few others here were lucky (?) enough to get one when they first started.

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 07:12:14 AM »
You can get onto Google via Pronoun, which is free to use.

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 07:17:23 AM »
You can get onto Google via Pronoun, which is free to use.

That sounds great. There must be a catch, though? Meaning, you pay them 10 or 20% of your revenues. Which is fine, just curious.

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 07:18:57 AM »

Is there any other way to publish on Google?

I joined streetlib and was on Googleplay within the week. What's more I'm doing quite well for a 'noobie' there with over 200 books downloaded this month.


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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 07:23:28 AM »
That sounds great. There must be a catch, though? Meaning, you pay them 10 or 20% of your revenues. Which is fine, just curious.

Nope.

Pronoun doesn't keep a cut. There is a big thread about everyone's experiences with them on here somewhere.

They can afford to run it like that because they are backed by a big publisher. I think the plan is to monetize it by attracting tons of indie authors to the free product, and then eventually marketing author services to them.

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 07:29:27 AM »
I joined streetlib and was on Googleplay within the week. What's more I'm doing quite well for a 'noobie' there with over 200 books downloaded this month.

That sounds great too. I went to their site and they charge 10%, which is reasonable. But why does it say you make a lot less when you publish on Amazon? See below: (the prices jumped to the left when I copied/pasted. The second row that's under the word AUTHOR is for Kindle.)

ROYALTIES - THE REAL MONEY YOU GET IN YOUR POCKET FOR EACH EBOOK SOLD IN THE US

PRICE CHOSEN
BY THE AUTHOR(*):   AMAZON KINDLE   APPLE IBOOKS   BARNES&NOBLE   GOOGLE PLAY   KOBOBOOKS
$0.99   $0.40   $0.59   $0.59   $0.42   $0.59
$1.49   $0.60   $0.89   $0.89   $0.63   $0.89
$1.99   $0.80   $1.19   $1.19   $0.84   $1.19
$2.99   $1.20   $1.79   $1.79   $1.26   $1.79
$3.99   $1.60   $2.39   $2.39   $1.68   $2.39
$4.99   $2.00   $2.99   $2.99   $2.10   $2.99
$5.99   $2.40   $3.59   $3.59   $2.52   $3.59
$6.99   $2.80   $4.19   $4.19   $2.94   $4.19
$7.99   $3.20   $4.79   $4.79   $3.36   $4.79

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 07:30:30 AM »
Nope.

Pronoun doesn't keep a cut. There is a big thread about everyone's experiences with them on here somewhere.

They can afford to run it like that because they are backed by a big publisher. I think the plan is to monetize it by attracting tons of indie authors to the free product, and then eventually marketing author services to them.

Thanks for the explanation.

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 07:36:08 AM »
But why does it say you make a lot less when you publish on Amazon? S

I have absolutely no idea :/


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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2017, 08:29:54 AM »
StreetLib is the Italian outfit, right? That's the one I would choose.

Google Books (now part of the awfully named Google Play enterprise) stopped taking self-pubbers a couple years ago, I'm pretty sure. I was fortunate enough to have an old Google Books account that I was able to reactivate. They've had that "any day soon" promise up there for more than a year, certainly, and I think it's more like two (if not more).

At first I wasn't able to get onto Google Play using Google Chrome, which I thought was pretty funny; I had to fire up Firefox to upload a book. But more recently Chrome has been getting me there just fine.
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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2017, 09:30:00 AM »
That sounds great too. I went to their site and they charge 10%, which is reasonable. But why does it say you make a lot less when you publish on Amazon? See below: (the prices jumped to the left when I copied/pasted. The second row that's under the word AUTHOR is for Kindle.)

ROYALTIES - THE REAL MONEY YOU GET IN YOUR POCKET FOR EACH EBOOK SOLD IN THE US

PRICE CHOSEN
BY THE AUTHOR(*):   AMAZON KINDLE   APPLE IBOOKS   BARNES&NOBLE   GOOGLE PLAY   KOBOBOOKS
$0.99   $0.40   $0.59   $0.59   $0.42   $0.59
$1.49   $0.60   $0.89   $0.89   $0.63   $0.89
$1.99   $0.80   $1.19   $1.19   $0.84   $1.19
$2.99   $1.20   $1.79   $1.79   $1.26   $1.79
$3.99   $1.60   $2.39   $2.39   $1.68   $2.39
$4.99   $2.00   $2.99   $2.99   $2.10   $2.99
$5.99   $2.40   $3.59   $3.59   $2.52   $3.59
$6.99   $2.80   $4.19   $4.19   $2.94   $4.19
$7.99   $3.20   $4.79   $4.79   $3.36   $4.79

I would email Streetlib. They've always answered my questions. :)

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2017, 09:47:58 AM »
Is Streetlib easy to use re: formatting? 

I tried to get on Pronoun but I couldn't figure out their formatting and got discouraged and put it on the back burner.

If Streetlib is easier maybe I could finally get on Google Play w/out any hair getting torn out.
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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2017, 10:14:26 AM »
Pronoun, Streetlib, and PublishDrive are aggregators that can get you into Google Play.

  • Pronoun - pays every 45 days, doesn't charge for services.  According to their docs, all US sales for books priced 99 cents to $9.99 earn 70% royalties on all channels; international it looked about the same as Google's regular rate
  • Streetlib - pays monthly, with a $60 minimum threshold and takes 10% of net earnings; Google pays out regular rate (and yes, books listed through them on Amazon pay 50% royalties versus the usual 35/70)
  • PublishDrive - pays monthly, with a $100 minimum threshold and takes 10% of net earnings; requires DRM on books and "fines" authors who have more than 20% of their catalog set to free

I have a Google Play author account, but I'll probably use Pronoun for my future Google Play books just because the interface is 9000xs better. 

Is Streetlib easy to use re: formatting? 

I tried to get on Pronoun but I couldn't figure out their formatting and got discouraged and put it on the back burner.

If Streetlib is easier maybe I could finally get on Google Play w/out any hair getting torn out.

The only issue I had with Pronoun so far is they rejected my ePub that D2D and Smashwords both accepted, saying the embedded cover was beyond Apple's specs (even though it is published to Apple via D2D....).  I'll try again eventually, after I reformat.  I'd planned to try Streetlib, but never got to the book set up point because the English version of their site felt poorly translated and I was getting really confused with what meant what. 

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2017, 10:22:29 AM »
This might help:

ROYALTIES: THE REAL MONEY YOU GET IN YOUR POCKET FOR EACH EBOOK SOLD IN THE U.S.

PRICE CHOSEN:

BY THE AUTHOR   AMAZON KINDLE   APPLE IBOOKS   BARNES&NOBLE   GOOGLE PLAY   KOBOBOOKS
     $0.99          $0.40          $0.59          $0.59          $0.42        $0.59
     $1.49          $0.60          $0.89          $0.89          $0.63        $0.89
     $1.99          $0.80          $1.19          $1.19          $0.84        $1.19
     $2.99          $1.20          $1.79          $1.79          $1.26        $1.79
     $3.99          $1.60          $2.39          $2.39          $1.68        $2.39
     $4.99          $2.00          $2.99          $2.99          $2.10        $2.99
     $5.99          $2.40          $3.59          $3.59          $2.52        $3.59
     $6.99          $2.80          $4.19          $4.19          $2.94        $4.19
     $7.99          $3.20          $4.79          $4.79          $3.36        $4.79

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2017, 12:11:34 PM »
Is Streetlib easy to use re: formatting? 

I tried to get on Pronoun but I couldn't figure out their formatting and got discouraged and put it on the back burner.

If Streetlib is easier maybe I could finally get on Google Play w/out any hair getting torn out.

I had no luck figuring out Streetlib.

For Pronoun, you need to supply a DOCX file, not a DOC file. Upload your DOC file to Google Docs and then download as a DOCX.  The DOCX file is what you'll be uploading to Pronoun. Don't ask me why but that's what they told me to do, and it's been working.
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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2017, 02:06:58 PM »
I just signed up for Pronoun even though I can't upload books to GP at the moment since I'm still in KU. But at least I have an account :P Who knows, they might close down to new subscribers in the next couple of months like GP.

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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2017, 03:55:05 PM »
This might help:

ROYALTIES: THE REAL MONEY YOU GET IN YOUR POCKET FOR EACH EBOOK SOLD IN THE U.S.

PRICE CHOSEN:

BY THE AUTHOR   AMAZON KINDLE   APPLE IBOOKS   BARNES&NOBLE   GOOGLE PLAY   KOBOBOOKS
     $0.99          $0.40          $0.59          $0.59          $0.42        $0.59
     $1.49          $0.60          $0.89          $0.89          $0.63        $0.89
     $1.99          $0.80          $1.19          $1.19          $0.84        $1.19
     $2.99          $1.20          $1.79          $1.79          $1.26        $1.79
     $3.99          $1.60          $2.39          $2.39          $1.68        $2.39
     $4.99          $2.00          $2.99          $2.99          $2.10        $2.99
     $5.99          $2.40          $3.59          $3.59          $2.52        $3.59
     $6.99          $2.80          $4.19          $4.19          $2.94        $4.19
     $7.99          $3.20          $4.79          $4.79          $3.36        $4.79


Is this accurate for Amazon? The royalty payment is 70% what other charges are reducing the payout further? (Besides the delivery fee)

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Re: Does anyone know how to get a Google Play account?
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2017, 04:34:24 PM »
Google Books (now part of the awfully named Google Play enterprise) stopped taking self-pubbers a couple years ago, I'm pretty sure.

They are still taking new accounts, but they open sporadically and you need to keep your eyes and ears open for when it happens. I created a new account 6 months ago and just this week they opened again for a limited intake.

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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2017, 04:50:57 PM »
I've had an account with them for ages so haven't paid much attention, but I'm sure I heard on the Sell More Books Show Podcast last week that they were once again open to new authors? Did they have that wrong?

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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2017, 05:13:27 PM »
I've had an account with them for ages so haven't paid much attention, but I'm sure I heard on the Sell More Books Show Podcast last week that they were once again open to new authors? Did they have that wrong?

It appears so, as signs up are still closed.  I listened to the episode yesterday and it sounded like the original news story they were reporting indicated that the people who got in received email invites from Google, not that the site itself was open to all.

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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2017, 06:10:45 PM »
Am I missing anything by using Pronoun instead of going direct with GP?

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« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2017, 02:01:19 AM »
Publishdrive offers a summer sale now: if you register by July 31st,  you can enjoy better terms throughout the year and earn 70% royalty on Amazon. https://publishdrive.com/publish-on-amazon
Plus you can sell on Google Play Books as well.

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« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2017, 04:39:10 AM »
Is this accurate for Amazon? The royalty payment is 70% what other charges are reducing the payout further? (Besides the delivery fee)

No, it's not accurate for me! I price nothing under $2.99, so I get 70 percent less the delivery fee (which varies from 7 cents to 41 cents) for the vast majority of sales. A few stores pay only 35 percent, and of course we get only 35 percent on other-country sales made on Amazon.com.

I tote up my royalties in January and July for the previous six months, so I happen to have a spreadsheet open right now. Here's one: Price $2.99, Delivery Cost $0.12, Royalty $2.01, which is considerably better than $1.20.
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