All Collections
Author Help
Previewing and Publishing
How do I create a "Preview" of my Leanpub book, that only I can see?
How do I create a "Preview" of my Leanpub book, that only I can see?

Keywords: preview, publish, book, how, where

Leanpub Support avatar
Written by Leanpub Support
Updated over a week ago
How do I create a "Preview" of my Leanpub book, that only I can see?

While you're working a Leanpub book, you'll want to generate "previews" of your book.

This creates ebook files from your manuscript without publishing them on our bookstore. Only you can see the "preview" ebook files, unless you choose to share them with other people, for example people you want to share drafts with for comments or feedback.

Finding Your Book's "Preview" Page

To create a "preview" copy of your book that only you can see, go to the "Preview" page for your book here:

https://leanpub.com/YOUR_BOOK/preview

...making sure to replace YOUR_BOOK with your book's unique web address.

You can also find the "Preview" page on your book's "Overview" page:

What a Book's Preview Page Looks Like

Your book's Preview page will look like this:

Note the really helpful date and time stamps that show when you created the preview:

Downloading Your Ebook Preview Files

Below the timestamps are the download and browser links:

Downloading Your Sample Ebook Preview Files

If you're creating a sample book (recommended!), you'll see the links for the sample ebook below the main ebook links:

Generating a New Preview

To generate a new preview of your book, scroll down and click the "Create Preview" button:

While Leanpub's book generators are creating the preview, you'll see a progress bar at the top of the page:

When the preview generation process completes, you'll see the timestamps have been updated:

OK, that's it!


If you have any feedback or questions about this article, please email the Leanpub team about it at hello@leanpub.com!

If you have any questions or thoughts on writing and self-publishing with Leanpub, please join our global community of authors in our Authors Forum here!

Are you interested in self-publishing, and creating your first Leanpub book? Here are some quick tutorials for our most popular writing modes: http://help.leanpub.com/en/articles/3088382-quick-walkthroughs-for-getting-started-on-a-leanpub-book

Are you looking for great deals on Leanpub ebooks, ebook bundles, and courses? Sign up for our Weekly and Monthly newsletter sales here!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/leanpub

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/leanpub

You can also follow Leanpub in lots of other places!

Did this answer your question?