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For Publishers

Use Leanpub to produce your ebooks easily and start selling with one click!

Try Leanpub!

  • Publish PDF, EPUB and MOBI versions of your books with the click of a button.
  • Use our unique storefront in addition to your own sales channels.
  • Test book projects with targeted pre-publication landing pages.
  • Publish books while they're still works in progress to start building readership earlier.
  • Release book updates and edits to existing readers with one click.
  • Collaborate easily with multiple contributors.
  • Efficiently integrate ebook publishing with your existing print workflow.
  • Earn 90% minus 50 cents on every sale and experiment with our variable pricing model.
  • Participate now and help us build the ebook workflow that you really need.

At Leanpub, we've started building the best platform for publishers to publish and sell ebooks.

So far, we've built a great way for individual authors to publish their ebooks while they're still works in progress, so they can interact with readers and build a following even before their books are complete. That's part of what Lean Publishing is all about.

Now, we're taking our Lean Publishing workflow and expanding it to support publishers like you, so you can integrate the latest ebook publishing methods into your existing print publishing workflow.

If you want more information, we'd love to chat. We genuinely want to know what you need from your ideal ebook publishing platform, so we're evolving this program with feedback from publishers. If you sign up now, you'll have a real impact on the publishing platform we're developing.

Please don't hesitate to contact Len Epp, our head of customer development at len@leanpub.com

Current Features of Leanpub for Publishers

Leanpub is completely free for the production and sale of ebooks. Leanpub lets you can easily generate PDF, EPUB and MOBI ebooks, and lets you sell your ebooks as you produce them.

  • Write book manuscripts in Markdown
  • Generate and sell PDF, EPUB and MOBI
  • Custom publisher page on Leanpub
  • Custom publisher verso text in books
  • Use Leanpub's no-hassle storefront to sell your books
  • Earn 90% - 50 cents per sale revenue
  • No lock-in: you own your work, and you can sell it wherever you want.
  • Unlimited print-ready PDF exports.
  • Export InCopy Files from Leanpub for use in Adobe InDesign.

Planned Features of Leanpub for Publishers

We're working with publishers to ensure we build the right product. If you want something that you don't see here, the best way to ensure we build it is to sign up and start using Leanpub and giving us feedback!

  • White label storefront
  • ONIX metadata

Leanpub for Publishers Videos

Why did we create Leanpub for Publishers?

  • Markdown Video #1

    If you're wondering whether Leanpub is a good choice for your publishing company, this video will probably be really helpful. It's Leanpub cofounder Peter Armstrong's presentation on Lean Publishing, recorded at TOC 2013 (#toccon) in New York on February 13, 2013. It explains the definition, origins and practice of Lean Publishing and why Lean Publishing is a good fit for publishers.

  • How to set up your Publisher account on Leanpub

    This video explains how to set up your publishing company on Leanpub and take advantage of our powerful publishing workflow. With Leanpub, you can find readers before you publish, publish your author's books while they're in progress, and take advantage of our innovative ebook storefront.

How Leanpub for Publishers Works

Leanpub manuscripts are written in a very simple plain text format called Markdown. You can generate PDF, EPUB and MOBI versions of your books from your manuscripts in one click. Since Leanpub provides a storefront for you, you can also sell them in one click.

Leanpub also helps with book design, by generating IDML files directly from your Leanpub manuscripts. You can use these files directly with Adobe InDesign, skipping the painful and expensive process of converting Word documents.

How to Use Leanpub

  • How to Start a Book from Scratch

    This video shows you how to sign up for Leanpub and create, preview and publish your first Leanpub book. We start from scratch, using Markdown to write a brand new book in Leanpub.

    You can also find these instructions written out on our website here and in book format (for free!) here.

  • How to Start a Book with Your Blog

    This video shows you how to make a brand new Leanpub book, starting by importing your blog's RSS feed into Leanpub and editing the resulting Markdown files.

    You can also find these instructions written out on our website here and in book format (for free!) here.

  • How to Start a Book with a Word Document

    This video shows you how to make a brand new Leanpub book, starting by converting one of your Microsoft Word documents into Markdown.

    You can also find these instructions written out on our website here and in book format (for free!) here.

  • How to Create a Bundle of Leanpub Books

    This video shows you how to make a bundle of Leanpub books, using either your books entirely or proposing a bundle of your books and another author's related books.

    You can also find these instructions written out on our website here and in book format (for free!) here.

How to use Markdown to Write a Leanpub Book

All Leanpub books are written using Markdown. This video series explains how to use Markdown to write a Leanpub book, with the focus being on the Markdown syntax not the Leanpub process.

  • Markdown Video #1

    This is part 1 of a 3-part series on how to use Markdown to format a Leanpub book.

  • Markdown Video #2

    This is part 2 of a 3-part series on how to use Markdown to format a Leanpub book.

  • Markdown Video #3

    This is part 3 of a 3-part series on how to use Markdown to format a Leanpub book.

Leanpub for Publishers Fine Print

With all plans, you earn 90% - 50 cents per book sale in revenue. You are responsible for remitting royalties to your authors based on this amount based on your contract with your authors. Leanpub does not handle splitting of royalties and remitting royalties to authors for you.