What is Leanpub?

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Leanpub is a self-publishing platform that provides authors with the best way in the world to write, publish and sell in-progress and completed ebooks.

When you buy a Leanpub book, you will get all future updates to the book for free. Updates may include simple improvements like typo fixes, or entirely new chapters, depending on how complete a book is when you buy it. All our books are DRM-free.

For a high-level discussion of the ideas behind Leanpub, please see this talk by Leanpub co-founder Peter Armstrong:

A Unique Platform for Self-Published or Indie Authors to Write and Publish Books

When you write a book using one of our "writing modes", you can generate ebook files in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats.

You can then publish your book on Leanpub or elsewhere - it's up to you!

If you do choose to publish your book on our bookstore, we pay an 80% royalty rate on every sale.

Uploading Ebooks to Leanpub

If you've already written a book and you have your ebook files, you can upload them to Leanpub in just a few minutes; here's our step-by-step walkthrough.

Writing Your Book Using Leanpub

Leanpub is a bit unique because of our focus on in-progress publishing: we make it easy to publish your book chapter-by-chapter, as you write it, and even go back and editing chapters you've already published.

If you want to get started right now, you can go here to choose a "writing mode" and set up a new book any time!

If you'd like to do a little research first, you can find step-by-step tutorials for all our writing modes here.


This Help Center has hundreds of articles, many of which were written directly in response to questions authors have asked us over the years.

If you can't find an answer here, you may want to try joining our worldwide community of authors on our Authors Forum, which you can join after you create your first Leanpub book.

And of course you can always email your questions to the Leanpub team anytime at hello@leanpub.com.

OK, that's it!

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