The first time I heard of low content books, I thought it was some kind of scam. It’s not you probably even have one sitting on your desk right now. Low/No Content books are journals, notebooks, logbooks, and many other types of books that the consumer fills out.
What you are actually selling with many of these books is the cover. People are buying cool or funny covers like they do with t-shirts. Occasionally you’re selling some interesting planner or logbook, but it’s mostly about the cover. Amazon handles selling, printing, and customer relation so it’s very hands-off afterward.
Some things you need to know before we get started. This is a great way to earn some passive income, but it requires patience and a lot of work. The majority of the books you make won’t sell a single copy, but a few will sell a good amount. It will take a while before you earn enough to be happy with it and it will go up and down. If you are looking to get rich quick you are better off getting a job.
I think it’s worth it in the long run. If you have chosen evergreen books meaning they are always in season or at least good every year, then you will build up a growing income. General journals will sell slowly throughout the year. Christmas journal may not sell in January but will sell great in November and December every year. Planners seem to do well but remember a 2020 planner is only going to sell for so long before it’s useless. Just some things to consider when thinking of your books.
So What Do You Need To Get Started In Low Content Books?
For Low Content Books, you need a computer, internet, and willing to put some work in. You don’t need any money to start. I recommend not spending any until you start making some first. That way you first learn what you might need and second you learn if it’s for you.
Start By Getting An Amazon KDP Account
Start by signing up for an Amazon KDP account.
Not much to it, just log in with your Amazon account and fill out the information. A warning though you can only have one Amazon KDP account. They will ban you if you have more than one.
Low Content Interior
For Low Content books, you typically want less than 200 pages, above that, it becomes hard to write in. I usually aim for about 120 pages. Journals are the best to start out with as they are simple lined pages.
You can either create your own or use a premade interior one. I intend to offer some in the future signup for my newsletter (on the right side) to not miss it.
Book Bolt offers some free interiors with their Interior Wizard. That should get you started.
If you want to create some of your own interiors for free I suggest using google slides or powerpoint. Just make sure you stay within the margins for the book. The margins are based on the size of your book.
Creating the cover is fairly simple. It requires a bit of math to create the cover as you have to account for the spine and bleed.
I recommend using Canva to start out. Just don’t use any of their images unless you understand the terms as not all images are ok to use.
This is something better shown than written so I’ve added a video below of a good tutorial by Rachel Harrison-Sund.
Upload Your Low Content Book
I’m going to go over some of the key things of uploading. Not everything but some. You want to click paperback. Then start filling out your information.
Your title must appear on your book’s front cover or spine of the book.
For the subtitle, you want to usually say what the book is and add any other keywords you can in here while still making it flow like a sentence. Like if you have a robot bear notebook your subtitle might be “Robot Bear Wide Ruled Notebook For Kids And Teens”.
The author is either your name, pen name or brand name. I tend to use brand names for each group of people I’m targeting. Targeting kids, I would you one brand name and targeting adults I would use a different brand name.
The description you want to use an HTML generator to write your description. Just write out what the book is maybe who it makes a great gift for etc. and add the size and page count. Don’t really overthink it.
This is something that I often overthink. The best way but slowest is to just slowly type in search terms into Amazon and see what it suggest to you as you type in. AMZ Suggestion Expander is also a free useful tool to get more suggestions. The reason this is the best way is Amazon is giving suggestions that are getting searched.
You don’t want to use the same keywords that you used in your title/subtitle as these are already going to be indexed.
This is a bit of a pain to find the categories you are looking for. Here is a website that will help you search for the categories you are looking for. You can choose to place your book in two categories. Only place your book into relevant categories it does you and customer no favor to place yourself in irrelevant categories.
There are some other categories you can be placed into if you can meet the keyword requirements. Click here for amazon categories with keyword requirements.
Unless you really want to throw away money I suggest getting the free one from amazon. There are some downsides to using amazon’s free ISBN like it can only be used on amazon and they are the printers of your book.
For a low/no content book that might not even sell one copy, getting one of amazon’s free ISBN is the best choice.
The only time you probably want to get your own ISBN is if its a novel and you want to sell it outside of Amazon.
For journals and notebooks, I go with black and white interior with white paper. The cream is really for novels. Unless you got colored images you don’t want color, it also costs a good bit more.
That’s your book size. From my understanding, 6 x 9 is the best seller but it really depends on your type of interior and your target market. Some interior or target market might have a different size that fits better.
I suggest looking around at your competition and price similar to theirs.
Make sure the following is correct because it cannot be changed after publishing.
Language Book Title Subtitle Edition Number Primary Author Name ISBN Imprint Name Publication Date Ink and paper type Trim Size
Publish Your Low Content Book
After you made sure to check everything than publish your book. Your book will go through a review process by amazon which can take a few days. You have your first of many low content books up. This is really is a combination of quality books and finding the right niches to target.
This is will take a while the first few times you do it. You will get faster at it as you move forward. When you get the hang of it, I suggest doing it in batches of similar types of books. Such as doing research for several books, then moving onto creation for those books, then uploading. You can get more done faster if you work in batches of similar work than doing one at a time.