There are lots of ways to market self-published books!

A quick web search will yields thousands of results. If you’re new to self-publishing, we recommend you start by following reputable organizations and bloggers in this space, such as the Alliance of Independent Authors.

In this brief article, we’re just going to present some of the top, easy-to-do options available to you if you have published your book on the Leanpub bookstore.

The most important thing to do is to sign up for our discount promotions:

http://help.leanpub.com/en/articles/802929-opt-in-to-leanpub-discount-promotions-to-let-leanpub-promote-your-book-course-or-bundle-at-a-discount-and-help-increase-your-sales

To see how they work, we recommend you sign up for our weekly and…


Using Leanpub to Create Ebook Files from Your Word Manuscript

It’s easy to create PDF, EPUB, and MOBI ebook files on Leanpub, using our Word upload writing mode!

You can then self-publish your Leanpub-generated ebook files anywhere you like, including on Amazon KDP, Apple Books, Google Play, and elsewhere.

And of course, with just the click of a button, you can also publish your ebook any time on Leanpub’s bookstore, and start earning 80% royalties on every Leanpub sale!

Finally, you can also use Leanpub to create a Print-Ready PDF that you can upload to print-on-demand services, so you can get your book into print, too!

Getting Started

In this article, we’ll…


As a self-published author, creating a book cover image can seem challenging if you’ve never done it before.

That’s partly because creating great, original book cover images is an art form that takes lots of learning and practice — and taste! — as well as an understanding of genre conventions and the latest trends.

But creating a good-enough-for-now book cover image is a very different story!

If you’re starting a new book, and you don’t have the budget yet to hire a professional cover designer, you can use popular tools like Keynote, and image archives like Unsplash, to make a…


As a self-published author, creating a book cover image can seem challenging if you’ve never done it before.

That’s partly because creating great, original book cover images is an art form that takes lots of learning and practice — and taste! — as well as an understanding of genre conventions and the latest trends.

But creating a good-enough-for-now book cover image is a very different story!

If you’re starting a new book, and you don’t have the budget yet to hire a professional cover designer, you can use popular tools like Keynote, and image archives like Unsplash, to make a…


A Halloween-Themed Essay in Support of the 2019 International Day Against DRM #IDAD #DayAgainstDRM

The following essay was written by Leanpub co-founder Len Epp and reflects his personal views.

To fight DRM, we need to understand the mindset that drives people to propose, promote, build, and maintain systems that they would reject in any other form of technology.

I know it might seem strange to attribute real causal value to something as seemingly ineffable as a “mindset”. When it comes to high-level political and social analysis, these days we typically prioritize appeals to things like universal economic motivations, or the results of social science studies, and various presumptively natural or universal forces.

But ultimately…


In 2012, we began publishing a podcast, now called Frontmatter, featuring heavily researched, in-depth interviews with Leanpub authors about their lives and careers, their professional interests, the subjects of their books, and their experiences as self-published authors.

While Leanpub is best known as a platform authors use to write and publish books on science and technology, our authors actually cover a very wide range of issues in their books, from Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, and his 2014 series of books on starting businesses in Asia, to Sarah K. …


(Originally published Aug 28, 2014. Imported into our Medium blog on June 24, 2019, by copying and pasting from the Wayback Machine. So, the links are to the Wayback Machine as well! Also, note that our royalty rate is now 80%, not 90% minus 50 cents as it was way back then...)

by Peter Armstrong, Leanpub Cofounder

Today Jurgen Appelo wrote a very well-written post entitled “Why I Don’t Use Leanpub”.

Go read it now. Seriously.

Now that you’re back, you’ll know that Jurgen essentially makes the following arguments:

  1. No self-publishing experts suggest Leanpub.
  2. Leanpub is not a professional authoring…


[This is a guest post by Leanpub author Mark Graban. Thank you Mark! We love getting informative posts from members of our community. If you’re a Leanpub author and you would like to share your experience using Leanpub to do something, please reach out to us at hello@leanpub.com — eds.]

Somebody made a request of the team at Leanpub:

“It would be great if someone could set out a step-by-step process for getting a Leanpub book into print, as I have no idea where to start.”

Since I have published many paperback versions of books that I created through Leanpub…


Every year Leanpub supports the International Day Against DRM, because we are against DRM. This year, the #IDAD is on Tuesday, September 18.

We encourage everyone who shares our view that DRM is a bad thing to spread the word and show support for this cause.

Here are some generous discounts being offered by Leanpub authors in support of the 2018 IDAD:

Title: Everyday Rails Testing with Rspec
Author: Aaron Sumner
Coupon: http://leanpub.com/everydayrailsrspec/c/IDAD-2018
Price: $10.00
Discount: 47%

Title: The Majesty of Vue.js 2
Authors: Alex Kyriakidis, Kostas Maniatis, and Evan You
Coupon: https://leanpub.com/vuejs2/c/IDAD-2018
Price: $12.50
Discount: 50%

Title: Kotlin for…


Fullbleed images and the height attribute now work on Leanpub! (This works with Dropbox, GitHub or Bitbucket sync modes, as long as your book is in Markua mode.)

Here are some examples of fullbleed images:

With a caption:

{fullbleed: true}
![The BAKE cheese tarts in JR Shinjuku station, in all their
glory](BakeCheeseTarts.jpg)

Without a caption:

{fullbleed: true}
![](MountFujiPage4.jpg)

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