Signing up for Google Play Books, you automatically sign up for Google Books as well. Google Books is a project aiming to create a catalog of every book ever published.
Getting into Google Books has three consequences:
1) The book's content is searchable in Google.
2) Google makes 20% of the book available on Google Books as a preview in a PDF-like format.
3) You might have to sign up directly with Google Play Books according to Google policies. We will contact you with the details.
Why is this good for you? As google is officially a verb now meaning "to search," it is not surprising that Google will do everything in their power to get your books to the top of the search results. This includes keywords and full-text searching: if you have characters with a unique name or are writing about a niche topic, chances are that readers will find your book.
On the book's listing, it offers you to buy the ebook (it redirects you to Google Play Store) and lists any print buy options if available.
We work with Google based on a wholesale model: publishers set a digital list price, but in the end, the retailer (Google) sets the final price for ebooks. Google is usually trying to sell ebooks cheaper than any other channel, discounting the books in a pseudorandom way, depending on price and currency.
Being aware of the Google discounting, we automatically adjust the retail price given by the publisher to avoid price matching by Amazon: this is what we call "Google Price". Our algorithm tries to keep prices in line with the Digital List Price (this is the price you set).
Payment is based on Digital List Price for users signed up before October 1, 2018. Payment will be based on Google Price for users signed up on and after October 1, 2018.
Google Play Books is available from the following countries:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam
(For an always up-to-date list, please check the Google Play website.)