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Just got this email (no idea why, I already have a publishing account there)

Dear prospective partner,
You previously asked that we let you know when the Google Play Books Partner Program started taking new sign-ups. That time has arrived!

We are inviting a limited number of new publishers to sign up for the program, including you. To get started, create a Google Play Books Partner Center account using this single-use link (You will be prompted to sign in with a Google Account):

We've been working behind-the-scenes to improve the Google Play Books experience. Your use of the platform as a new partner will provide valuable input as we test our improvements.

We suggest you review the Publisher Content Policies for Google Play Books to ensure your content conforms to our policies. You will also be asked to accept the Google Books Partner Program Standard Terms and Conditions when you sign up for an account.

If you have any questions, check out our Books Partner Program Help Center. To get in touch, click Contact us in the Help Center.

We look forward to partnering with you and making your books available to millions of readers worldwide!

Regards,
The Google Play Books Support Team

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I sent an email through their contact us page. Is there a better email to use?

Highly doubtful I'll get a response, considering I'm in KU right now, and I'm willing to bet they're not actually taking 'a limited number of sign ups' but that they're just inviting you, but always worth a shot.

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I sent an email through their contact us page. Is there a better email to use?

Highly doubtful I'll get a response, considering I'm in KU right now, and I'm willing to bet they're not actually taking 'a limited number of sign ups' but that they're just inviting you, but always worth a shot.

Honestly, you're not missing much. There have been no improvements, not that I can see, anyway. Besides, they can make all the improvements they want to the general functioning of the platform, but it won't make a spot of difference if they don't have the numbers (customers). I can say without a shadow of a doubt, in my genre at least, they just don't have the numbers.

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I sent an email through their contact us page. Is there a better email to use?

Highly doubtful I'll get a response, considering I'm in KU right now, and I'm willing to bet they're not actually taking 'a limited number of sign ups' but that they're just inviting you, but always worth a shot.

I got on the wait list quite awhile back (a year ago?). I can't remember exactly how I got to the link, but I found a "live chat" link for Google Play customer support. The person I chatted with added me to the waiting list. I just got the invitation email a few days ago and was able to create an account. Maybe it's a sign that they really are starting to open back up...

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I'm encouraged by it. I've made an astonishing amount of income from selling on GP.

The hope is a subscription program to rival KU.

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The hope is a subscription program to rival KU.

But then wouldn't you have to decide if you wanted to be in KU or the Google version. Because you could only be in one.
     

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When I tried to sign up, I got

We are not accepting new sign-ups at this time. Sorry... blah blah.

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For those unfamiliar with Google Play who get invited to join note the following:

1. 20% is the minimum preview you can set (10% most everywhere else)
2. Sections of your book appear in Google Books even if ebook only (similar to a print book from Creatspace on Amazon)
3. Above about $1.99 your book will be discounted. Google pay you your full dues but other retailers won't if they price match.


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If you are going to jump in...
Do, do, do read this post by TK on everything you need to know on how to figure out everything about the weirdness that is 'Google Play' for ebooks. (Save a local copy to reference too , just in case!):

  http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,167655.msg2399442.html#msg2399442

You will thank me later. ;)

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If you are going to jump in...
Do, do, do read this post by TK on everything you need to know on how to figure out everything about the weirdness that is 'Google Play' for ebooks. (Save a local copy to reference too , just in case!):

  http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,167655.msg2399442.html#msg2399442

You will thank me later. ;)
I've used that post too. It hasn't been updated since March 2014, and I hope all of it is still current and relevant.
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It mostly is, I just had to put a price of $22.99 on a book to get a price on Google of $13.79 which is what Amazon is price matching.... I was trying to get $14.99.



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It mostly is, I just had to put a price of $22.99 on a book to get a price on Google of $13.79 which is what Amazon is price matching.... I was trying to get $14.99.


That's astounding (and good for you!) that you can charge $14.99 for an ebook. Which one is it? Does it still hold true that Google Play readers are less price-conscious?
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I sell a fair amount of books through Google, enough to make up for the hassle of navigating their site (which is awful, really).

I have a list of prices especially for Google, to cover their discounting, e.g. $6.45 = $4.97. I don't fine-tune excessively for fear of triggering a markdown on Amazon. (That book and many others are $4.95 on Amazon and elsewhere.)
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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2017, 07:09:15 AM »
Many thanks for the info in this thread. Before reading it, I had no idea there was a wait list.

I contacted Google Play yesterday and was able to get on the wait list. Did it through an online chat.

Thanks, everyone!

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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2017, 12:28:19 PM »
I just contacted Google through chat to try to get on the waitlist. He directed me to this website:

https://support.google.com/books/partner/contact/playbooks_partner_program_interest_form

It doesn't seem to be working now, though, and when I pointed that out, he said something about it being a temporary problem and the link should be working again at some point.

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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2017, 03:00:10 PM »
Just used that link. A bit confusing about needing an email "registered with Google." What does that mean? Followed the link and it seems as if Google only wants to do business with me if I have a gmail account? I do, but I seldom (as in once a year) check email on gmail. Is using a gmail account a sine qua non of doing business with Google Play?

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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2017, 03:11:04 PM »
Just used that link. A bit confusing about needing an email "registered with Google." What does that mean? Followed the link and it seems as if Google only wants to do business with me if I have a gmail account? I do, but I seldom (as in once a year) check email on gmail. Is using a gmail account a sine qua non of doing business with Google Play?

I had to have a gmail account to sign up with Google Play.

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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2017, 03:45:42 PM »
Just used that link. A bit confusing about needing an email "registered with Google." What does that mean? Followed the link and it seems as if Google only wants to do business with me if I have a gmail account? I do, but I seldom (as in once a year) check email on gmail. Is using a gmail account a sine qua non of doing business with Google Play?

It does seem to mean that. Unfortunate, but not really surprising for Google, a company that likes to have its hand in everything (and won't let me delete buggy Google apps I don't use from my phone).

What I'm wondering is when you give it your name, does that mean your real name that you'll get paid under or your pen name? And by 'publishing entity', does it mean your pen/author name or (if you've got one) your publisher name?

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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2017, 03:50:33 PM »
Just used that link. A bit confusing about needing an email "registered with Google." What does that mean? Followed the link and it seems as if Google only wants to do business with me if I have a gmail account? I do, but I seldom (as in once a year) check email on gmail. Is using a gmail account a sine qua non of doing business with Google Play?

Hey, at least it beats needing a frickin' Mac to sell through Apple. :D

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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2017, 03:56:33 PM »
Hey, at least it beats needing a frickin' Mac to sell through Apple. :D

Preach, brother!

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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2017, 04:26:25 PM »
Just used that link. A bit confusing about needing an email "registered with Google." What does that mean? Followed the link and it seems as if Google only wants to do business with me if I have a gmail account? I do, but I seldom (as in once a year) check email on gmail. Is using a gmail account a sine qua non of doing business with Google Play?

If you have a gmail account, you have a Google account. And quite sensibly, you need a Google account to have a Google Play account. They are all tied together.  :D

Hey, at least it beats needing a frickin' Mac to sell through Apple. :D

Amen

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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2017, 04:32:29 PM »
What I'm wondering is when you give it your name, does that mean your real name that you'll get paid under or your pen name? And by 'publishing entity', does it mean your pen/author name or (if you've got one) your publisher name?

I used my real name with them when registering - for payments etc.  I then gave my pen name as my entity.  I'm not actually sure that this was needed (I'm sure it did say optional), as it then asks you to input the author name when you add a book.

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« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2017, 05:11:35 PM »
Excuse me for being slow about this. Should I make another application and list my email as me at gmail?

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« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2017, 06:03:50 PM »
Excuse me for being slow about this. Should I make another application and list my email as me at gmail?

Yes. You need to have a Google account to have a gmail address. So by asking for your gmail address, they know your Google account info, which your publisher account would be tied to.

If you never use/check that email address, I would just forward it to your everyday address, that way you won't miss anything from Google. Unless it's your spam account. If that's the case, create a new Google account with a new gmail account for GPBs. You can have as many Google accounts as you want.

EDIT. Sorry, just read this again. If you aleardy signed up with a gmail account, you're okay. I think you're good either way, pen name or real name. Mine is under my real name, but books have my pen name. No issues.
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Re: Google Play reopening for limited number of new sign-ups - get in contact
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2017, 06:56:57 PM »
Honestly, you're not missing much. There have been no improvements, not that I can see, anyway. Besides, they can make all the improvements they want to the general functioning of the platform, but it won't make a spot of difference if they don't have the numbers (customers). I can say without a shadow of a doubt, in my genre at least, they just don't have the numbers.

Well, I'm not sure that's entirely true. I'm not making a fortune with them but I made a little over 1K last month and it looks like I'll make about the same in November. If you're wide anyway, why leave that money on the table? Also, Google Play responds really well to Bookbub ads. Once you get on the charts with a Bookbub, you can stay there for a long time.