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Leanpub for Publishers

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.

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Leanpub for Publishers Videos

Why did we create Leanpub for Publishers?

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

We've made a couple videos for authors showing them how to start a Leanpub book from scratch or from a Word document. These are helpful to watch to get a sense of what you as a publisher would be doing as well.

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 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 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.