If you’re just starting out in the online world of low content book publishing with Amazon KDP you’re probably wondering what types of books qualify as low content and what else can you create other than lined journals.
Don’t get me wrong, lined journals are great to learn the ropes and get familiar with the Amazon KDP platform. But it doesn’t take long to realize that lined notebooks are already crazy saturated on the Amazon marketplace.
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32 Low Content Book Ideas
I’ve compiled an extensive list of types on low content books that you can self publish on Amazon KDP.
- Lined Journals
- Blank Journals (Sketchbooks)
- Dot Grid Journals
- Manuscript Paper
- Guitar Tablature Notebook
- Prompt Notebooks
- Writing Prompt Notebook
- Drawing Prompt Notebook
- School Agenda Books (August-July)
- Weekly Planners
- Monthly Planners
- Gratitude Journal
- One Line a Day Five Year Journal
- Log Books
- Food Log
- Exercise Log
- Meditation Log
- Coloring Books
- Adults Coloring Books
- Children’s Coloring Books
- Activity/Puzzle Books
- Word Search
- Tic Tac Toe
- Dots and Grids
- Kids Learning Books
- Math problems
- Lettering Workbooks
- Shapes & Colors
- Recipe Books
- Guest Books
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•Lined Journals•Blank Journals•Dot Grid Journals•Manuscript Pages•Guitar Tablature•
Sometimes when all you’ve been told or seen is lined journals, it can be hard to think outside the box. But there’s plenty of other types of journals out there!
Lined notebooks can be marketed as diaries, composition notebooks, college ruled pages, or general note taking for work or at home. Blank journals can be used as sketchbooks for kids or tracking pages. Dot grid journals are popular for making tracking sheets as well, such as mood trackers or tracking days worked etc, etc. Manuscript paper is used to write music and guitar tab books are for writing guitar riffs and songs. There’s also tab sheet music for the drums and bass guitar.
•Writing Prompt Notebook•Drawing Prompt Notebooks•
Writers and drawers need to keep their art flowing in order to avoid any blocks. Prompt books are perfect for that. You can niche down by writing style; story, self-reflection, poetry, dreams, etc. Drawing can be niched down by drawing style such as animation, abstract, still life, scenic, and the list goes on!
Now that you have niched down the interior content, consider what design you will use on the cover. Is the book directed at children or adults? Men or women? What are their interests and hobbies? All of this should be taken into account when coming up with a cover design.
•School Agenda Books•January-December•Monday-Sunday•Undated•Weekly•Monthly•
You can mix and match the different types of planners listed above. Niches can be narrowed down further by interests, jobs, and hobbies, as well as family roles such as mother or father.
Is the planner just for tracking daily life or is your target audience trying to achieve a goal? Maybe you leave a space on each page for their wins, something they are grateful for, or their goals for the week.
Take a look at some of your favorite journals and take note of what you like about them. Look at their layout, the cover, do they leave room for notes? Create your dream planner!
Million of people are embracing an attitude of gratitude and learning to appreciate the little things in life. Gratitude journals can also be niched down by interests, careers, and hobbies.
You can create a gratitude journal that is one line a day, lists 10 things a day, or has a paragraph worth of lines so the user can choose how much to write. Do research to see what type of journal sells best.
One Line a Day – Five Year Journal
A one line a day journal is a very simple journal to create. Each page has the date and month as well as five lines with room for the year and a phrase about that day. At the end of the five years, you can compare what you wrote on any specific day for the last five years.
•Food Log•Exercise Log•Meditation Log•
There are tons and tons of different types of logbooks. Think of anything you might want to keep track of, expenses, hours worked, food, workouts, or volunteer hours. There are so many ideas there! Niche down even further by creating a cover for a specific interest or hobby.
•Adult Coloring Books•Kids Coloring Books•
Coloring books aren’t just for children anymore! There are tons of adults looking to get in the present moment by coloring. Adult coloring books can have profanity, nudity, or complex images. Children’s coloring books can be animals, landscapes, shapes, castles and princesses, or almost anything else. Children’s coloring books can have a learning aspect to them or they can be just for fun.
There are so many more activity books out there to be created, puzzles of any kind. Find and seek, kakuro, or cryptograms. Think about those jumbo puzzle books that they always have in the bookstore at the airport or any puzzle books you find at the end of the book aisle in the grocery store.
Pen & Paper Game Books
•Tic Tac Toe•Hangman•SOS•Dots and Grids•
I’m sure there are other pen and paper games out there as well. Could you make a book out of MASH? I don’t remember how to play well enough to know. As a kid, I loved to play SOS with my family. You could even mix and match the games into a single book.
Kids Learning Books
•Math Problems•Lettering Workbooks•Shapes and Colors•
Learning workbooks can be so helpful for kids to give them a little extra help outside of school. And parents are buying them up like crazy during the pandemic so their kids don’t get behind in their education.
You’ll need to find a profitable niche as this is the hot new thing right now, but there’s a huge opportunity for profit here.
A notebook to write in your favorite recipes to have them all in one place? Yes, please!
Is it a book for baking? Salads? Pasta? Roasts? Keto? Raw food recipes? There are endless possibilities here!
TIP: A glossy finish on these books will be beneficial so any spillage around food and water doesn’t completely destroy the book.
Think weddings, bed and breakfasts, or holiday homes. There are a ton of different types of guestbooks to create.
As for niches; think rustic, elegant, winter-themed, summer beach house, nautical, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, gardening, the list goes on!
How to come up with Profitable Niche Ideas
So you’ve read through these 30+ low content book ideas and you’re ready to go. But without a profitable and somewhat unsaturate niche, these books will likely get drowned out in the noise that is the Amazon marketplace.
You still need to do keyword research.
If you’re struggling to come up with ideas, start by brainstorming. Consider your own interests and hobbies.
Exercise: Grab a pen and paper and set the timer for ten minutes. Write for ten minutes straight without distractions. Write about the different things that you enjoy. Don’t. Stop. Writing. It’s called stream of consciousness writing or automatic writing and it’s a method that is used to get out of a block and get the ideas flowing.
When the ten minutes is up read over what you’ve written and highlight any niches that you could design a book cover around. Now go research these niches to see if they can be profitable.
This can also be done on the computer with a word doc.
If you aren’t much of a designer I highly recommend getting graphics from Creative Fabrica. They often have a really cheap first-month subscription sale going (you can cancel at any time) and they have a great commercial license for print on demand. I bought the monthly subscription to their site in November 2020 and haven’t looked back! You can also pay for individual graphics if you don’t want the subscription and they often have freebies available as well. Be sure to read through the licensing terms as it isn’t a total free for all.
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