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This is where it begins

Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher that gives people the tools, support and freedom to bring their ideas to life.

To date, our community has pledged over £3 million to Unbound projects to fund everything from an anthology on race and identity in contemporary Britain to a compilation of terrible old video games you’ve probably never heard of.


Publishing can be better.

A collection of Unbound books and awards

Ideas are welcome here.

Unbound creators pursue bold ideas on their own terms – and make an impact on the world, too.

  • 2017 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, Debut Drink Book
    Henry Jeffreys, Empire of Booze
  • 2016 Books Are My Bag Readers' Choice Award
    Nikesh Shukla, The Good Immigrant
  • 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize
    Alice Jolly, Dead Babies and Seaside Towns
  • 2014 Gordon Burn Prize
    Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake
  • 2014 Bookseller Book of the Year
    Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake
  • 2014 Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
    Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake
  • 2014 Futurebook Award, Best Publishing Website
    Unbound
  • 2011 Futurebook Award, Digital Innovation
    Unbound
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We’re a small, agile team based in the heart of London – and we’re growing.

We’re a team of publishers, writers, editors, designers – you name it – helping people bring their ideas to life. And we take care of the whole process, from manuscript editing to shipping the first editions.

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Efficient, transparent and accessible.

Our crowdfunding model shifts the balance of power into your hands, and gives great ideas a way of making their mark on the world. Find a project that you love, and actually help make it happen.

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Our best idea? Listening to yours.

At the heart of Unbound is a vibrant community pulling together to make great things happen. Our community suggest features, test prototypes and give us constant feedback so we can make Unbound the best it can possibly be.

“Brilliant… Unbound is trailblazing a new way of getting books to readers.”

Simple Things

“It is Unbound’s direct dialogue between writers and readers which seems to have been missing from the publishing world, until now.”

Daily Telegraph

“Traditional publishing is in the doldrums, it's collapsing. Publishers are looking around for new ways of going forward. I think Unbound could be the future.”

Terry Jones

“Of all the bright new shoots the digital world has helped to spring out of the wizened old stump of the book world, Unbound is one of the freshest and brightest”

Philip Pullman

How it works for authors


Pitch

Pitch your idea to our commissioning editors – if it has the makings of a great book, we’ll launch it on our site.

Launch

Tell the world your project is live and start your crowdfunding campaign. Track your pledges and progress in real time through your creator dashboard.

Fund

The fun doesn’t stop when you hit 100%. When you’ve reached your target and delivered your manuscript, sell preorders to supporters. Keep your backers in the loop with your Updates feed.

Publish

There you have it – your idea, made real. We’ll send a copy to everyone that’s helped along the way.

How it works for readers


Discover

Browse our projects to find something that speaks to you.

Support

Help an idea you care about make an impact on the world. Show your support by pledging for great rewards and a unique insight into the creative process. Oh, and spread the word!

Updates

Once the project’s funded, we’ll keep you in the loop as it moves through the publishing process with regular email updates. And you can communicate directly with creators you’ve backed through their Q&A channels.

Your book

When the project’s completed and published, we’ll send you a copy. An idea made real, thanks to your support.