Publishing for the digital age
In the digital world, there are new experiences, communities and identities to be discovered and explored. We think that authors should be able to connect with their readers to create more valuable experiences and communities - and by creating that direct connection, we allow readers to champion the voices that deserve to be heard, and be rewarded for supporting them.
We bring to life a bold and diverse catalogue of books that other publishers might overlook, like books on niche and cult topics, daring takes on important issues, and fresh ideas from new and underrepresented authors.
Play your part and support projects through crowdfunding. Readers can enjoy all kinds of rewards from a simple book pre-order to exclusive author events and experiences, and even getting to see their name printed in the back of the book as an official supporter.
Our crowdfunding model allows us to bring you, the reader, in to the project from day one, bringing you into the publishing process to become an advocate and part of a community. Our pledging model means that we don't just offer books, we offer unique, bespoke experiences as well.
Make It Real
Unbound has an incredible track record of publishing successful books from both experienced and first-time authors, including prize winners and bestsellers. Head over to our submissions page and begin your journey into the Unbound community.
Be a part of our community! 334,112 people from 207 countries have pledged £11,980,334 to fund 646 projects - and counting!
How It Works
to publish books that traditional publishers won't
in our commissioning and in our business practices
with our authors and our readers
with the belief that technology can save publishing, not condemn it
of voice, of talent, of belief makes us a stronger business and a stronger world
Why do we use Crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding allows us to prove that there is a readership before we start the long – and costly – process of making a book. This means we can take risks on books that wouldn’t be considered by other publishers. Once the funding target is reached, we start working with the author to prepare the book for publication. While we do this, the book – and the unique rewards and experiences attached to it – are still available to pre-order.
As a thank you for supporting the book before publication, we print your name (or a name of your choice) in a list at the back, marking you out publicly as a pioneer and patron!
Getting more people to support the book during these early stages helps when it comes to reviews and publicity later on and makes sure more bookshops are willing to stock it, ensuring a longer shelf life.
Crowdfunding books is not a new idea – many authors – such as Dr Johnson and Jane Austen - used ‘subscription in advance’ during the 18th and 19th centuries. Unbound has simply updated it for the digital age!
When will I get my book?
Each project is different. Some authors don’t start writing their book until it hits its target, whereas others will have their
text ready to submit as soon as the magic number is reached. We aim to publish our books within 18 months of the manuscript being delivered. This allows time for our editorial and production processes to make sure we publish the best possible version of the book and that it is being released in the right season so we sell as many copies as possible.
We usually send supporters their copies before we publish the book in the trade as recognition of their early support. However, for some books we dispatch UK supporter copies in the week of publication so that they get counted in the bestseller total. Hitting the bestseller lists ensures wider support from bookshops and a longer shelf life for the idea you helped make happen. We achieved a #1 Sunday Times Bestseller with 42: The Wildy Improbable Ideas of Douglas Adams by doing this!
Because we want to make sure our customers receive their books and rewards as quickly and efficiently as possible we will always ask you to confirm your postal address before we dispatch.
Our best idea? Listening to yours
We believe great ideas don't always fit the mould of the increasingly narrow and homogenous publishing industry. That's why we've built a crowdfunding and publishing model that shifts the balance of power, allowing readers to back authors to take creative risks and produce books that other publishers couldn't.
The British Book Awards 2023 Small Press of the Year Regional Finalist - Unbound (London)
Ola Gotkowska Young Indepenent Publisher of the Year - Aliya Gulamani, Unbound (IPG Awards)
Scots Book of the Year - Be guid tae yer mammy (Emma Grae)
Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist - Salt Lick (Lulu Allison)
Crime Writers Association (New Blood Dagger) Shortlist - The Mash House (Alan Gillespie)
William Hill Sports Book Awards Longlist - Game On (Sue Anstiss)
Wainright Golden Beer Prize, UK Nature & Travel Writing Longlist - Bird Therapy (Joe Harkness)
People's Book Prize Finalist - The Cartography of Others (Catherine McNamara)
Guild of Food Writers Awards, General Cookbook Award - A Long & Messy Business (Rowley Leigh)
RSL Ondaatje Prize Shortlist - Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile (Alice Jolly)
Hearst Big Book Awards Finalist - The Last Landlady (Laura Thompson)
Hearst Big Book Awards Finalist - The Madonna of Bolton (Matt Cain)
Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize Shortlist - 21st Century Yokel (Tom Cox)
People's Book Prize Finalist - Narcissism for Beginners (Martine McDonagh)
Books Are My Bag Readers' Choice Award Winner - The Good Immigrant (Nikesh Shukla)
Gordon Burn Prize Winner - The Wake (Paul Kingsnorth)
Man Booker Prize for Fiction Longlist - The Wake (Paul Kingsnorth)
The Goldsmiths Prize Shortlist - The Wake (Paul Kingsnorth)
Futurebook Award Winner, Digital Innovation - Unbound