As far as we are concerned, it is absolutely ok to publish separately on Leanpub and Amazon, or any other self-publishing platform, at the same time!
In fact, there is no requirement to publish your book on Leanpub at all. You can use Leanpub to write your book and generate ebook and Print-Ready PDF files which you can publish and sell anywhere you like.
To get started, you can choose your preferred writing mode and create your first Leanpub book any time by going here.
Experimenting with Sales on Different Self-Publishing Platforms
We encourage authors to experiment with different ways of selling books online, though obviously we're biased towards recommending Leanpub :)
In the self-publishing world, there are two ways that people typically sell their books online: either by "going wide" or "putting your eggs all in one basket".
"Going wide" means you publish your book for sale on lots of different self-publishing platforms.
"Putting your eggs all in one basket" means you choose a single platform for selling your books.
Since Leanpub pays an 80% royalty rate, which is higher than most other self-publishing platforms, we recommend authors use their author platform (i.e. their website, social media accounts, etc.) to direct people to make purchases on Leanpub.
However, other websites have way more "eyeballs" than Leanpub does, especially for fiction.
So, we also recommend that authors experiment with publishing on other platforms, too.
We have had authors publish on Leanpub, then "retire" their book on Leanpub so they can publish through Amazon KDP Select, and then take their book off Amazon and come back to Leanpub.
A Note About Restrictions on Other Platforms
Please note that other self-publishing platforms may have some restrictions on where you can publish, and your book price.
Tips for Self-Publishing and Selling Books Using Leanpub
Leanpub has some unique author and bookstore features that make us different from other indie publishing or self-publishing platforms. If you're interested in learning more about Leanpub, please see this (long!) article.
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