If you have a designer or you are good with LaTeX, you may have already produced a PDF that you're happy with. But if you have the ability to generate Leanpub Flavoured Markdown or Markua from your manuscript sources (via a script) or if you are already writing in Leanpub Flavoured Markdown or Markua, you may still want to use Leanpub's book generation to produce EPUB and MOBI files.
If so, good news! We have a hidden feature which this article is the first to explain.
This feature works if you are using Dropbox or GitHub to sync with Leanpub.
Here's what you do:
Make a folder called
customin your book folder. It should be a sibling of the
manuscriptdirectory, NOT inside the
To override the book, put a custom PDF file inside that folder. It MUST be named
<your-book-slug>.pdf. For example, for a book whose URL is https://leanpub.com/lean the file would be called
To override the book sample (optional), put a custom PDF file inside that folder. It MUST be named
<your-book-slug>-sample.pdf. For example, for a book whose URL is https://leanpub.com/lean the file would be called
Then, publish a new version! Your PDF (and, if you provided one, your sample) will override the one we generate, but you'll still get our EPUB and MOBI versions.
Note that this feature allows you to override any file format. So, if for some reason you like our PDFs but you really hate our EPUB files, you could override the EPUB file only. We’ve never had anyone use it that way, but it works.
Finally, if you just want to upload a book, you don't need to use this approach. Instead, just use our Upload writing mode to upload all your book files by drag and drop...