The Old Leanpub Manual
The Old Leanpub Manual
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The Old Leanpub Manual

Last updated on 2019-06-22

About the Book

About the Author

Peter Armstrong
Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong is the founder and CEO of Leanpub. He has over two decades of experience in software, including eight years as a developer at Silicon Valley startups. He founded Ruboss in 2008, and launched Leanpub in 2010.

Peter coined the term Lean Publishing. Lean Publishing is the act of publishing an in-progress book using lightweight tools and many iterations to get reader feedback, pivot until you have the right book and build traction once you do.

Peter is the creator of Markua, the Markdown dialect used on Leanpub. He is the author of a number of books, including Lean PublishingThe Markua Manual and Programming for Kids. He has a BSc in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Victoria.

He lives in Victoria, BC with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

  • About The Leanpub Manual
  • Help
    • Visual Editor Writing Mode
  • Getting Started
    • Google Docs Writing Mode
    • Dropbox Writing Mode
    • Git and GitHub Writing Mode
    • Git and Bitbucket Writing Mode
    • Bring Your Own Book Writing Mode
    • In-Browser Plain Text Editor Writing Mode
    • The Five Steps To A Plain Text Leanpub Book
    • Brief Instructions
    • Setting Up Dropbox On Your Computer
    • Your Book’s Content
    • The Book.txt File
    • Making a Sample Book for Readers to Browse for Free
    • Adding Images or Pictures to Your Book
    • Creating a Preview
    • Publishing Your Book
  • Leanpub Book Tools
    • The Book Tools
  • Markdown: The Easiest Way To Format Your Text For E-Publishing
    • Leanpub Flavoured Markdown and Markua
    • Why Should You Care?
    • How Markdown is Used in Leanpub
  • Attributes
  • Creating A New Book
    • How To Create A New Book
    • How To Set The Book’s Structure
  • Book Styles
    • Technical Books
    • Business Books
    • Fiction Books
  • Sample Books
    • Why Sample Books?
    • Consequences for Manuscripts
  • Images
    • How To Insert An Image
    • Image Format And Resolution
    • Recommended Image Resolution
    • Maximum Image Sizes
    • Positioning An Image On The Page
    • Basic Image Recommendations
    • Maximum Image Sizes
    • Questions About Images and Cover Pages
  • Your Profile, Dashboard and Account
    • Dashboard
    • View Your Profile
    • Edit Account
  • The Landing Page
    • Table of Contents
    • Widget
  • Publishing
    • How To Publish Your Book On Leanpub
    • Notifying Readers When You Publish
    • ISBNs
    • Changing Your Title and URL
    • Questions About Publishing on Leanpub
  • Languages and Letter Accents
    • Setting the Main Language Used in the Book
    • Overriding Leanpub Language Defaults
    • Switching back and forth between language fonts
    • A note about writing Leanpub books in Japanese, Korean and Chinese
    • A note about writing Leanpub books in right-to-left (RTL) languages
  • Dedication, Parts, Chapters and Sections
    • Dedication
    • Parts
    • Chapters, Sections and Sub-sections
    • Table of Contents
    • Front Matter, Main Matter and Back Matter
  • Styling Text
    • Bold, Emphasis/Italics, and Underlining
    • Superscripts
    • Monospaced Text
    • Non-Breaking Spaces
  • Blocks Of Text
    • Paragraphs
    • Centering Paragraphs Or Lines Of Text
    • Numbered/Ordered Lists
    • Unordered/Bulleted Lists
    • Definition Lists
    • Blockquotes
    • Asides/Sidebars
    • More Text Block Types
    • Warning!
    • Tips
    • Errors
    • Information
    • Questions
    • Discussions
    • Exercises
    • Generic Boxes
  • Code
    • Code Samples
    • Code Sample Titles
    • Marking lines as deleted or added to a code block
    • Some Details About Line-Wrapping
    • Questions About Code
  • Poetry
    • Poetry Stanzas in Regular Markdown
    • Spacing Control for Poetry
    • Line Lengths
  • Links
    • Formatting Links
    • Long Hyperlinks
    • Footnotes and Hyperlinks in PDF
  • Footnotes and Endnotes
    • Footnotes
    • Endnotes
    • Remove Footnotes
  • Crosslinks
    • Quick Explanation
    • Longer Explanation
    • Crosslinking to something with an ID
    • Some Crosslink Details
  • Breaks
    • Pagebreaks
    • Line Breaks
  • Tables
    • Table Width
    • Multi-line rows
    • Alignment and footer rows
    • Table Titles
    • HTML Tables
    • A note on combining attributes
  • Selling your book
    • Bundles
    • Coupons
    • Royalties
    • Library Purchasing
    • Maximum Sale Price
    • Selling Digital Extras
    • Selling Multi-reader Licenses
    • Buying Books on Leanpub
  • Miscellaneous
    • Sales and Analytics
    • Backing Up Your Files
    • Escaping Markdown Syntax Characters
    • How To Exclude Lines From Your Book
    • Copyright Protection
    • Moving Dropbox Folders
    • Fonts
    • Distributing Extra Files with Your Book
    • Mathematical Equations
    • Cover Designers and Editors
    • Information About Your Readers / Customers
    • Multimedia Content
    • Does Leanpub Accept Authors From Anywhere (i.e. international authors, foreign authors)?
    • Coupons for Other Leanpub Authors
    • Curly Quotes
    • Figure Captions and Labels
    • Links In Footnotes
    • Viruses
    • Kerning
    • Full Table of Contents in Sample Books?
    • On the landing page, can we feature a channel instead of an individual video on the YouTube link?
    • Why can’t I put section commands in Book.txt?
    • Trouble With Accents? Forcing Text Editors To Save As UTF-8
    • I don’t understand how things get added to a Table of Contents
    • What encoding should I use to write files in Markdown? Should I write in ASCII or UTF-8?
    • How Can I Add Blank Lines To My Text?
    • Why Can’t I See My Profile When I Go To ‘Your Profile’?
    • A General Note On Formatting
    • GitHub Commits
    • Downloading onto your iPad or iPhone
    • Working with GitHub and Dropbox
    • Adding a motto or epigraph to the beginning of a chapter
    • Can I publish my book on Leanpub and KDP Select at the same time?
    • Does Leanpub give me tools to help me build my own book landing page?
    • Disabling Line Numbers While Nesting Code Blocks In Lists
    • Can I write my Leanpub book in Markdown files, with the .md extension?
    • Page Sizes and Maximum Image Sizes
    • Indentation
    • Hanging Indents
    • How can I import a Microsoft Word document?
    • Problems With Adobe Digital Editions
    • Long strings of characters running off the right-hand side of the page / the right margin
    • Time Zone
    • How can I increase the space between paragraphs?
    • Font Samples
    • Using Dropbox and Git
  • Notes

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