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Written by Len Epp and Peter Armstrong

Some language characters are not showing up correctly in my book, what can I do?

Written by Len Epp
Updated today

Getting rid of Word bookmarks all at once

Written by Len Epp
Updated yesterday

Are there any licensing rules regarding code samples I include in my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated this week

I am writing my book in Word and I am seeing weird things like <span> in my Leanpub previews. How can I fix this?

Written by Len Epp
Updated yesterday

Opt In To Leanpub Discount Promotions To Let Leanpub Promote Your Book At A Discount And Help Increase Your Sales

Written by Len Epp
Updated this week

How can I upload a PDF of my book, but still use Leanpub to generate EPUB and MOBI versions of my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Do you provide an embeddable widget so I can easily promote my book on other websites?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I replace just my PDF?

I am using Dropbox mode, and I want to replace my PDF with one I've generated myself. But I want to keep Leanpub's generated EPUB and MOBI.
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

I switched to Markua mode, and my Parts aren't working anymore!

Did Markua change part headings? (Hint: Yes.)
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

How do I make a deep link to a chapter or section in my Read Online version?

I want to be able to send people to a specific part of my Read Online version of my book. How?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

I'm writing / I've written a book using Google Docs. What workflow should I use with Leanpub?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What is the optimal size in pixels for my images?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I sell a public domain book in the Leanpub store? What if I'm the original author?

Does the Leanpub store sell public domain books? What if I'm the original author?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Can I Publish a Translation of a Public Domain Work on Leanpub?

I would plan to keep the copyright. Can I do this?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Does Leanpub do any advertising for my book? Will Leanpub market my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I want to use Leanpub to sell my book, but I have my own LaTeX-based writing and PDF ebook production workflow. What do I do?

Can I use Leanpub to sell only a PDF that I've generated from LaTeX? Do I have to also provide EPUB or MOBI?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Can I create coupons for my books, to give them away for free or at a discount, as part of a promotion?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I get my book featured on the Leanpub homepage?

There is a featured book on the Leanpub homepage. How do I have my book considered for inclusion? Why is a book featured?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

How do I turn off the read online version?

There's an option to display my book sample or even the full version online, but I can't find it!
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

I'm from a country where you cannot receive PayPal payments. Can I use Leanpub? How would I get my royalties?

Can you use Leanpub if you can't accept royalties via PayPal?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

I want to use InDesign to make a PDF and sell it on Leanpub. Can I upload a PDF but use Leanpub's EPUB and MOBI?

I want to make a beautiful PDF when my book is done. Can I keep Leanpub's EPUB and MOBI, and sell all 3 on Leanpub?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Can I sell videos and other digital content, like code samples or data files, for example, along with my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How can I see what the different fonts look like, so I know which one to choose?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I get feedback from readers?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I am an author who wants to publish my book while it's still in progress. How early is it OK to publish the first version of my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Are there any issues associated with using Ulysses to write a Leanpub book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Do I have to pay any fees when you pay my royalties via PayPal?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Why are there so few layout options?

I understand your Lean Publishing idea, but you are imposing your layout preferences on me. I want control over layout, spacing, etc.
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Why don't I get all the reader email addresses?

On Leanpub, reader email address sharing is opt-in, not opt-out, even if I've enabled MailChimp integration. Why is that? Can I change it?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Long content in backticks (making a code span) can lead to overflowing text in the right margin. Is there a workaround?

Code spans have issues with line breaks if they contain long text with no whitespace, like a chained object reference or a long URL...
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Why can't I invite a coauthor to my Leanpub book using their email address?

This works for some co-authors, but not others. What's happening?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Does Leanpub issue 1099 forms for US Taxes?

I'm doing my US taxes, and I'm wondering if Leanpub issues a 1099 for US taxes. Does Leanpub do this?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Is there a way for me to download and sort the data of the people who have bought my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

When I publish a new version of my book do the people who have already bought the book automatically get sent the new version?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

If a reader makes a free purchase, am I charged the 50 cent fee?

Leanpub pays a royalty rate of 90% minus 50 cents. Am I charged the 50 cents if a reader makes a free purchase?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

How can I add a Google Analytics or Clicky tracking code to my book's landing page?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I add a Thank You note for people who buy my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I change the URL for my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How Complete is Leanpub's Markua Support?

I see that Leanpub books can be written in Leanpub Flavoured Markdown or Markua? How far along is Markua?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

I'm Writing My Book in Markua and My Code Resource Titles are Gone

My Markua code samples used to have titles, and now they don't. What happened?
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Can I make endnotes in a Leanpub book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

PayPal does not support payments to people in my country or region. Is there some other way Leanpub can pay royalties to me?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I live in Turkey. Can I get paid royalties, even though you only pay royalties through PayPal?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I add an index to my book if I am writing in Markua?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I resize images?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Why do you let customers get refunds so easily under your "100% Happiness Guarantee" policy?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Tips For Getting Started Using Word To Publish A Book On Leanpub

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Setting Up Google Analytics To Track Purchases Of Your Book

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How can I add an ISBN to my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Do you suspend the accounts of authors if there are chargebacks on purchases of their books, like some other services do?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I turn off line numbers on code samples?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I'm using Markua and my images are not working any more!

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Leanpub looks interesting, but why is there a 45-day royalty hold?

Do you really hold royalties for 45 days? This seems risky to me.
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Is there a way to connect an external domain to the book landing page?

Domains, DNS and book landing pages
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

I would like to translate a Leanpub book. What should I do?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I import from a WordPress blog?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I'm trying to upload my own EPUB file and it's failing epubcheck. What can I do?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I set my book to save with UTF-8 character encoding on Windows in Notepad?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I hide any information about my book from the public? I don't want my book to appear on Leanpub's website yet.

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Someone got a refund for my book but did not leave an explanation. What can I do?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I sell my book on Leanpub and on Amazon at the same time?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Should I worry about piracy? Does Leanpub do anything to protect me from piracy?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Switching on UTF-8 character encoding

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I know how much I earned in royalties last month, but this month's payment was for a different amount. Why are the two amounts different?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

When and how do you make royalties?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago
General

What time zone is Leanpub in?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Why does Leanpub charge authors money to create books?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Leanpub mostly sells technical books. Do you also want to attract fiction authors and readers?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

FAQs are OK but where's the manual?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Where do I start? How do I create a new Leanpub book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What is Leanpub? I'm asking as an author or aspiring author.

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I'm a Leanpub author, and even after reading all these FAQs I'm still stuck! Can you help?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What should I do if I can't find an answer to my question in this FAQ?

If you can't find an answer to your question here, there are other ways to get help!
Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Do I need an ISBN to publish my book on Leanpub?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can you convert my book to other formats if I supply you with a PDF?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Does Leanpub accept Erotica and Fan Fiction?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I have co-authors. Do you support having multiple authors for a book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I'd like to use Leanpub to help an elderly parent create a book, but he's not computer savvy. Is this a good use of Leanpub? Is there anything you can do to help?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago
Selling and Royalties

How and when do you pay royalties?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I sell my book on Leanpub and other sites at the same time?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I receive royalties by some other means than PayPal?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can a book have multiple authors who split the royalties?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I use Leanpub to create print-ready PDFs for third-party print-on-demand sites like Lulu and CreateSpace?

This article explains how you can use files provided by Leanpub to create print books using third-party services
Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I change the price of my book after creating it? For example, start cheap, grow the book based on feedback from readers, and increase its price as it's getting more valuable?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

OK, Leanpub doesn't require I get an ISBN for my book, but should I get an ISBN anyway? Do I need more than one ISBN, for example do I need separate ISBNs for EPUB, MOBI and PDF versions of my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can libraries buy Leanpub books? What is your policy for library purchases?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What happens if a library wants to buy my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What if a traditional publisher is interested in publishing my Leanpub book? What if I want to remove my book from Leanpub and publish it elsewhere, like on Amazon, for example?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Is it possible and permissible to take the .mobi file and directly upload it to the Kindle Store under our own name?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I pay Leanpub to publish my book(s) to the Apple iBookstore and the Amazon Kindle Store?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

If I signed up with you, would I be free to have my finished book printed and sold, separately? I'd get my own ISBN as well as copyright.

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What do you guys think about Amazon and Apple's bookstores? And what do you think about competitors that either charge a flat fee or take a cut to help to put books on the Amazon and Apple stores?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago
Markdown and Markua

Do I put all the posts I want into one file can call that chapter1.txt? Do I have to create the Book.txt file in the order I want them to appear?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I'm writing in plain text and I'm still a bit confused in terms of how to actually go about the layout, formatting and editing part. Can you help?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I use files that have extensions besides .txt, such as .md?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What program should I use to edit Markdown files?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I don't like any of those text editing options. Can you suggest others?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I don't actually want to write Markdown by hand; I want a WYSIWYG editor for Markdown! Does such a tool exist?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I created an account and a book, found it in my Dropbox and I edited the Book.txt file. I then returned to the Leanpub website and generated a preview. However, the preview didn't have the contents of Book.txt that I just updated. What's up?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I use AsciiDoc / Asciidoctor instead of Markdown?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I switch between different languages, in the same book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I am using Vim to write my Leanpub book and I'm having issues with code snippet markup. Can you help?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago