The Leanpub Manual
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The Leanpub Manual

Last updated on 2019-07-16

About the Book

This is The Leanpub Manual! You can see the online version at https://leanpub.com/manual/read

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About the Authors

Peter Armstrong
Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong is the co-founder and CEO of Leanpub. He has almost two decades of experience in software, half of it as a developer at Silicon Valley startups. He founded Ruboss in 2008, and created Leanpub with Scott Patten in 2010.

Peter is also the author of a number of books, including Lean Publishing, The Markua Specification and Programming for Kids. He has a BSc in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Victoria.

Peter coined the term "lean publishing" to describe the act of self-publishing an in-progress ebook. Leanpub was created based on the principles of lean publishing. He lives in Victoria, BC with his wife and son.

Len Epp
Len Epp

Len is a Leanpub co-founder. He likes cats and rational arguments.

Scott Patten
Scott Patten

Scott is a programmer and web developer. He has an MSc in Physics from the University of British Columbia and spent a decade gainfully employed as a physicist shooting lasers at polymers and ink drops at paper.

In 2006, Scott switched to programming full time. He joined Ruboss as a co-founder in 2009, and created Leanpub with Peter in 2010. Scott is the author of The S3 Cookbook and the lead author of Leanpub's book generation engine.

Table of Contents

  • Support
    • Where to Get Help
  • About The Leanpub Manual
  • The 7 Writing Modes of Leanpub
    • Reasons to Use GitHub or Bitbucket
  • Markua vs. Leanpub Flavoured Markdown
    • Switching Writing Modes
  • Getting Started with Dropbox Writing Mode
    • Creating a Book in Dropbox Writing Mode
    • Setting Up Your Book In Dropbox
    • Creating a Preview
    • Writing in Your Book
    • Make a New Preview of Your Book
    • How the List of Files in Book.txt Works
    • Next Steps
  • Getting Started with Git and GitHub Writing Mode
    • Creating Your Book’s GitHub Repository
    • Creating a Book in GitHub Writing Mode
    • Adding Leanpub As A Collaborator on Your Book’s GitHub Repository
    • Adding Default Content to Your GitHub Repository
    • Creating a Preview
    • Writing in Your Book
    • Make a New Preview of Your Book
    • How the List of Files in Book.txt Works
    • Next Steps
  • Getting Started with Git and Bitbucket Writing Mode
    • Creating Your Book’s Bitbucket Repository
    • Creating a Book in Bitbucket Writing Mode
    • Adding Leanpub As A Collaborator on Your Book’s Bitbucket Repository
    • Adding Default Content to Your Bitbucket Repository
    • Creating a Preview
    • Writing in Your Book
    • Make a New Preview of Your Book
    • How the List of Files in Book.txt Works
    • Next Steps
  • Getting Started with In-Browser Plain Text Editor Writing Mode
    • Creating a Book in In-Browser Plain Text Editor Writing Mode
    • Creating a Preview
    • Where You Write Your Book
    • Writing in Your Book
    • Next Steps
  • Getting Started with Visual Editor Writing Mode
    • Creating a Book in Visual Editor Writing Mode
    • Creating a Preview
    • Writing in Your Book
    • Next Steps
  • Getting Started with Google Docs Writing Mode
    • Creating a Book in Google Docs Writing Mode
    • Setting Up Your Book In Google Docs
    • Starting the Leanpub Add-on
    • Creating a Preview
    • Writing in Your Book
    • A Note About Formatting In Google Docs Writing Mode
    • Next Steps
  • Getting Started with Bring Your Own Book Writing Mode
    • Creating a Book in Bring Your Own Book Writing Mode
    • Uploading Your Book In Bring Your Own Book
    • Publishing Your Book
    • Next Steps

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