All About Low Content Books [Amazon KDP]

Published on: 01/01/2023
Published By: Liz Jalkiewicz
all about low content books

Are you a dietitian that wants to self-publish but you don’t yet have a manuscript? Creating low content books is a simple & quick way for almost anyone to become a published author – with very little writing skill required. As dietitians, we can have so much more impact and reach when we share our messages with our ideal clients through books, especially lower content books. Want to know more? Let’s dive in!

What is a Low Content Book [Amazon’s Definition]?

As per Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing’s (KDP) definition, a low-content book has minimal or no content on the interior pages. These pages are generally repetitive and designed to be filled in by the user.

Common examples include notebooks, planners, journals, and other similar works. This does not typically include activity/puzzle books or coloring books, which generally do not feature repetitive content on each page.

What are “Lower” Content Books?

Although Amazon has their own definition of low content books, one of my favorite types of books to talk about is the world of “lower content books.” These are books that are great for dietitians to dive into and explore as another source of passive income. As dietitians there are an extensive number of niches that we can tap into from pediatrics and renal to diabetes and digestive disorders and so much in between. Our ideal clients can benefit from a variety of low and lower content books within all of these area.

Lower content books are similar to “low content books” but with more variety and less repetition among the pages, as well as more content in the interior file. Examples include symptom trackers, activity books, workbooks, coloring books, and more.

What Low (or Lower) Content Book Niches Sell the Most?

Is it Free to Sell Low Content Books on Amazon?

Yes, it is free to create an Amazon KDP account and upload your low content book for publication. However, depending on how much you want to DIY versus outsource for things like graphic design, editing services, etc, you could spend more.

How Do I Create Low(er) Content Books?

Using Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing’s platform, you can create low content books for free the same way you would create a regular, manuscript type book. Using Canva Pro is one of the easier ways to create your low content books. This tool allows for so much creativity for you to create your cover and interior files. The sky is the limit! I definitely recommend using Canva Pro (version the free Canva option) in order to get more access to fonts, elements, photos, graphics, etc.

Create an Amazon KDP account.

Go to your Bookshelf.

Hit (+) Create. And select Paperback or Hardcover for your low-content book.

Then there will be three tabs where you have to input your book information: Details, Content, and Rights & Pricing.

Under Details, enter your title, description, keywords, and categories. Under categories, select the low-content box. If you do not select this box, or select a different box, your book will be rejected during the review/approval process.

Under Content, choose your print options like trim size, paper color, and ink color. You can choose between publish without an ISBN or use my own ISBN. Next, upload your manuscript and cover files, preview your book, and order a print proof.

Under Rights & Pricing, choose the territories where you hold distribution rights and set your list price.

After entering all your information, then publish your book!

ISBNs and Low Content Books 

On Amazon KDP, low content books are not required to have an ISBN, and they also do not qualify for for a free KDP ISBN. Instead, when you create a low content book, you can either purchase and use your own ISBN (from Bowker) or just publish without an ISBN. If you choose to publish without an ISBN, then Amazon KDP will assign you an ASIN number (Amazon Standard Identification Number).

Even though Amazon says you do not need an ISBN for your ebook, it’s still recommended and best practice to purchase one. Remember, every version of your book should have its own ISBN number (ebook, paperback, and hardback = 3 ISBN numbers).

You cannot change your ISBN selection after you’ve published your book. If you need to change your ISBN selection after publishing your book, you’ll need to unpublish it from your Bookshelf and then republish it.

Bar Codes and Low Content Books

If you purchase and use your own ISBN, you can decide to upload a cover with or without a barcode. If you choose the option “Publish without an ISBN,” or decide not to provide your own barcode, Amazon will automatically place one on your back cover.

What Information Can Be Updated After Publishing a Low(er) Content Book?

After you publish your book, certain features are locked depending on the type of book you created. These features can’t be updated unless you publish the book as a new title from your KDP Bookshelf all over again.

Print Books

You cannot change the language, book title, subtitle, edition number, primary author, low content checkbox, age and grade range, ISBN choice, imprint, ink and paper type, trim size, and royalty rate.

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