Publishing with Emacs, Org-mode and Leanpub
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Publishing with Emacs, Org-mode and Leanpub

Easy and Powerful self-publishing

About the Book

Publishing your words has never been easier than it is today. Blogging means you can have your words read by thousands of people within minutes of writing them. Even publishing a book has become considerably easier through self publishing. There are many tools and publishers that allow you to get started for little or no money. Still, getting started can be confusing, and that is what this book is about.

In this book, I will show you the workflow and tools I use to publish my books. The three main tools involved are:

  • The GNU Emacs editor together with Org-mode for writing, editing and exporting your text;
  • GitHub or Bitbucket to store your book files.
  • Leanpub for typesetting, previewing, publishing and selling your work.

The following are optional, but highly recommended for making the workflow more automated and consistent:

  • Some CI/CD tool (e.g. CircleCI) for automating the typesetting, previewing and publication process;
  • Hammerspoon (if you are using a Mac) for monitoring book builds.

To illustrate the process and provide you with a starting point, the source repository for this book is available at I am populating the repository live as I write this book!

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About the Author

Diego Zamboni
Diego Zamboni

I am a computer scientist, security expert, consultant, programmer, sysadmin, author and overall geek, with a passion for computer security and automation. I am from Mexico and live in Switzerland.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface to the early release
    • Release notes
  • 1 Introduction
    • The process
    • Leanpub
    • Emacs and org-mode
  • 2 Setting up
    • Signing up for Leanpub
    • Emacs and org-mode configuration
    • Creating the book locally
    • Creating the book on Leanpub
    • Your first book preview
    • Additional book configuration
  • 3 The workflow
    • Writing
    • Exporting and Previewing
    • Publishing
  • 4 TODO Automation
    • CI/CD for previewing and publishing
    • Triggering and monitoring book builds
  • 5 DRAFT Tips and tricks
    • Headline export levels
    • org-special-ctrl-a/e/k
    • Visual configuration
    • Code block execution and output processing
  • Appendix A: Workflow diagram source code
  • Appendix B: Block types
  • Colophon

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