No Content Books: What Are They?
By simple definition, they are blank books such as sketchbooks, logbooks, guestbooks, diaries and journals.
Maybe you don’t like writing and you would love to venture into self-publishing or maybe you are already a self-publisher—in both cases, you can publish no content books with KDP Print or CreateSpace.
These are not the only platforms for blank books publishing but they are focus of this post.
You are probably wondering: who still writes journals in this day and age? For your information, many people still care for journals.
How to You Publish No Content Books?
First, there is a specific skill set that you need to have. Learn how to:
- Use Microsoft Word
- Create paperback covers
- Create PDFs
- Create different elements in a Word document
- Perform an Amazon keyword research
Don’t let this list overwhelm you. These are things that you can easily learn. And once you do, you will be able to create pretty much anything and probably make lots of money.
Types of Books with No Content
Journals are not the only no content books. Here are other types of low/no content books:
- Composition books
- Baby books
- Blank sheet music
- Anything else that your mind can think of
For higher chances of success, niche down to prayer journals, comic sketchbooks, etc.
To help you get started, the skill sets required will be discussed in detail below. You will know where or how you can acquire each skill.
Using Microsoft Word
Many people already know how to use Word. It is a common and basic skill. If you have never used it, don’t worry. There are countless videos on YouTube and articles that will guide you. Just do a quick Google search.
Microsoft Office can be too expensive for some people. In that case, try:
- Microsoft Office 365
Doing an Amazon Keyword Search
The internet is saturated with content that can teach you this. The best place to start, however, is on Amazon itself.
Other than Amazon, there free tools such as:
Creating Elements in a Word Document
While something like creating lines sounds straightforward, it is not. You can’t make lines by drawing them using a number of underscores or the Line Tool. You have to do it with tables.
Find a guide on Google.
This one is easy. With no content books, you will be required to upload a file in PDF format on the publishing platform.
All you need to do is save the document as PDF in the office suite software once you are done working on it.
Creating Paperback Covers
Paperback covers are hard to create. If you don’t have experience in graphics, it is better to outsource the process.
Photoshop is one of the best software for this but it is not free and the learning curve is steep.
Free options include:
- KDP Print cover creator
- You will face fierce competition.
- Good marketing is a must.
- Amazon has a strict set of rules.