The Beginners Guide to Low Content Books

What do you think of when you think of a "book" .. you think of lots of words to read.

But what if I told you there is an entire niche or world dedicated to the creation and selling of books that don't have any words in them, would you be surprised?

I think most people find this surprising, but when you stop and think there are tons of examples that you are aware of, but you just never stopped to think about classifying books into categories like high, low, medium or no content.

What are considered low content books?

Low content books typically are books that are not only lacking in words but have a lot of blank spaces for the buyer of the book to write in it.

A good example of this is a diary or journal, a less common thought of book would be a logbook that is used to write down gas mileage, log phone calls or messages and also keep track of workouts, as well as other hobbies such as golf scores and notes about different golf courses that have been played.

Another great example would be hiking and other outdoor activities, as seen in this example of a hiking log book low content book.

Some other examples of low content books:

  • Daily Planners
  • Calendars
  • Activity Books
  • Coloring Books
  • Games & Puzzle Books
  • Blank Recipe Books
  • Music Composition Notebooks
  • Sketchbook
  • Blank Comic Books
  • Guest Books
  • Memory Books
  • Study Guides
  • Trackers
  • Prayer Books
  • Weekly Planners

And you will find many of the examples in the list above are a mix of low content, no content and medium content books.

No content example could be the Blank Comic Books and Sketchbooks, as they don't have anything other than blank pages to draw in...

Medium content books would include but not limited to Activity Books or Puzzle Books, depending on the type of activity. A Recipe Book could be blank or it could be a hybrid of recipes and blank pages to take notes or write your own recipes in.

Can you make money publishing low content books?

There are many examples of big publishers and self-publishers making money with low content books.

One way that you can verify this yourself is to understand what is called the BSR or Best Sellers Rank on Amazon.

The BSR or Best Sellers Rank is underlined in red, and can be used to calculate total number of sales each month.

You can find numerous BSR calculators online that will show the number of sales based on the BSR of the book.

Here is a good example from TCK Publishing one of my favorite BSR calculators to use for a quick look at how well the book is selling each month and each day.

After you have the total sales per month it's then easy to calculate the amount made each month for that book.

Simple find out the royalty made for the book by using Amazon's Printing Cost & Royalty Calculator and times that amount by the number of books sold.

So, 659 books sold each month times an estimated royalty (the amount you receive after Amazon's printing costs) equal $1482.75 each month for selling this low content book. 

A tidy sum for creating and selling one low content book, I think you would agree!

How many pages should a low content book have?

The number of pages depends on what the book is about, or better said who the book is for and what they'll use it for.

But a good rule of thumb is to keep the low content book interior to 200 pages and less, simply because the book gets too big and his hard to use. The goal here is for the number of pages in the book to be enough to be usable for the buyer.

Check out the video below, where I dive into using a low content book, and show different types of low content books and how they work.

The book in the video, Enjoy Your Stay: Rental Beach House Guest Book And Log, A Notebook Of Guest Details, Experiences, And Ratings, both the paperback and the hardcover are 103 pages long. The Composition Notebook Wide Ruled: Black and Yellow for School and College Students is 120 pages long.

Another point to consider when creating your low content book and thinking about how many page it should be, is to consider the cost of the printing of the book.

The printing cost effects how much the book is going to cost, or how much you can sell it for and that impacts how much you make from the sell of the book in royalties.

To see the number of pages make the price point rise as the number of pages increase or decrease use the Printing Cost & Royalty Calculator over at Amazon KDP.

150 Pages - Printing Cost $2.65 - $1.54 Royalty 

200 Pages - Printing Cost $3.25 - $0.94 Royalty

How to create low content books?

The cool thing when it comes to creating low content books is that you can start for free with free tools available to you on the Internet.

So, let's break this down into 2 parts just like your book .. the interior and the cover.

The interior in many cases is blank lines and just a few words as as seen in this example of a hiking log book low content book, above. Click here to see it again.

The cover of your book takes a bit more time and patience, and probably the hardest thing to "get right", but you can build this and the interior of your book for free using Canva.

To see exactly how to get started to create your first low content book watch the videos below.

Another great option for creating the interior of your low content or medium content book is to use software that creates puzzles or activities for you.

One cool tool that creates puzzles in the form of mazes to create activity books is Hand Drawn Mazes software.

Also, watch the video below to see Hand Drawn Mazes in action.

How do I get sales on low content books?

Back to making money with low content books. Most would assume that you create the book and then upload to a site like Amazon, using the Amazon KDP program and the sales will start rolling in.

You have to learn how to promote your books.

A great place and way to do this is to use different social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. But these take time to learn when it comes to understanding who and who to market on those platforms.

The best and quickest way to get started is by promoting your books on Amazon using  Amazon ads.

You can get started by exploring the Marketing tab inside your KDP Bookshelf.

Great, now you know the basics and are ready to take the next step in your journey in understanding low content books and how to make money with them.

Let's start by setting up your self-publishing business click here and grab the free beginners guide.