This is a great addition by Draft2Digital for important retailers to work with. Google Play sells a lot of books for indie authors. Smashwords doesn’t have this distribution option, and Google closed the door to new authors several years ago. Nice update for D2D.
Their email highlights:
As of right now, Google Play Books is another option for you to offer your books to an ever-growing audience of readers worldwide! Reach out to more than seventy countries using a brand that everyone knows.
NOTE: This program is currently a public beta
When you opt-in, we’ll automatically add the Suggested Wholesale Price for your book. You can adjust this price after opt-in, if necessary.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO KNOW:
No minimum price—There is no minimum price at Google Play Books. You can list your book for free if you like! Otherwise, you’ll price at 99-cents or above.
Wholesale pricing—Google Play Books uses a wholesale pricing model, meaning that authors can set a recommended list price and Google may discount it at their discretion.
Price matching—Some retailers, such as Amazon, may choose to price-match against the Google Play price for your book.
Royalty—We pay you 44% of the wholesale price of your book made on Google Play, when you distribute through our service. If you use our Recommended Wholesale Price, this will generally be about the same as the royalty you’d expect with standard pricing.
No assetless preorders—Google Play will not accept assetless preorders. You’ll need your book’s manuscript and cover.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Draft2Digital Team
Draft2Digital current partner stores include:
Barnes & Noble
Google Play Books
Kobo (including Kobo Plus)
Baker & Taylor