How To Calculate The Size Of Your Low and No Content Book Cover Requirement

Last Update: September 16, 2021

Hi there, I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Today, I want to share with you another short tip about how to create and make money with Amazon via publishing your own Low and No content books, using Amazon's KDP platform - KDP stands for Kindle Publishing, by the way.

Creating Your Cover For Your Book:

In order to create a cover that is accepted by Amazon for your low and no content paperback or hardcover book, you need to know exactly how large your cover needs to be in inches. This varies, depending on the paper quality, the size of the book of course, as well as the amount of pages that your book will have.

The best tool to use for this, is the tool that Amazon provides now for you. You can find it here.

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/cover-calculator - This link is not an affiliate link, it is simply a free tool that Amazon provides its publishers

When you are in that calculator you will see one setting that may confuse you a little, which is the "page-turn directions", for most standard books that you would be selling on Amazon, the page orientations will be from left to right, so simply choose that setting.

Once you have filled out the form, with the appropriate information, such as the page count, and the size of your book, you will get a table of information on how big your cover should be.

The most important numbers to be concerned about is the calculation that appears in the spot that I highlighted in the following image.

The example that you see in that image is the cover size that you need for a 6 x 9 inch paperback book with 120 pages, with black and white interior - so basically a simple lined journal. Your entire cover for this type of book will have to be - as it says here - 12.52 x 9.25

You can now go over on Canva - or whatever other program you may use, and create a cover with these dimensions.

If you want to write something on the spine of the book, the calculator also shows how much space you have to write on, in the spine area - in my example that would be highlighted in the following image.

I hope you all found this information useful. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below, and I will try to get back to you ASAP.

Blessings

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Newme202 Premium
Claudia, is this an alternative to outsource covers to Fiverr?
Awesome information
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ClaudiaHB Premium
yes, I do not outsource. If you organize this well - with templates and in batches, you can create a couple of dozen covers with ease without a problem within a few hours.
For example, this morning I spent about three hours making about 25 covers for a series of primary story journals that I am working on, and I have spent the last few hours placing them on KDP in batches as well - they are all posted now.

I always make sure that I have a solid interior first, though - that is the part that either takes the most time, or I purchase one of Creative Fabrica - like a lined journal.

I do not outsource anything.

I purchase my cover designs - just the art for the covers - from Creative Fabrica, by the way - or at times, the components to create my covers, and then combine them as I please.

I hope that answered your comment - blessings
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Newme202 Premium
I am even more intruiged :)
How much is Canva pro or can all that you've described be done in basic Canva?
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ClaudiaHB Premium
it can be done in the free version as well - not sure how many designs you are allowed to upload though. I think there is still a free trial of the pro-version.
I pay 12.99 US Dollars a month, which is not bad because it pays for itself.
Creative Fabrica, the other thing I mentioned, where I get my cover designs from has two options to pay - one, you can just buy individual designs for whatever the amount of the design is, or two - you can get unlimited access to all designs on the platform for 20 Dollars a month - again that is worth it for me because I make more than that with the books that I am selling.

These two are my only expense relating to KDP publishing. I do not pay for anything else.
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Newme202 Premium
Claudia, if Amazon has that option, why do others go to Fiverr?
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ClaudiaHB Premium
because it takes time, effort, organization, and at least a basic knowledge of design.
Not everyone knows how to arrange colors, or is familiar with their target niche enough to know what type of design would be appealing.
Also, others prefer to work on the marketing side, or prefer to write content.
I would prefer to design over creating content, to be honest, so I like doing this.
Plus I also like creating templates and systems that make things quick and easy - once the research is done, of course.

The things I am sharing here are things that I learned after watching hours of Youtube videos, combining what they said, trying all of them out, and then either disregarding what I learned or putting my own spin on it.

And I have an art background, which helps a lot.

It boils down to preference.

Good question though - this is the cheaper way to go - and I like the cheaper way, lol
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Newme202 Premium
Claudia, are you doing Kindle unlimited?
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ClaudiaHB Premium
no, not for the books that I am talking about here. I publish my Low and no content books as a paperback and starting today, also as a hardcover - which is a new feature on Amazon.
The books I am creating at the moment do not work as an ebook.

However, I do have books on Kindle as ebooks, and yes they are on Kindle Unlimited.
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Newme202 Premium
Ok
I understand
I think I may have more questions, is it okay to PM you ?
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ClaudiaHB Premium
absolutely
any time
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Newme202 Premium
Awesome ;)
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Awesome, Claudia! I usually stay on site and let cover creator do all the work for me, I just add in everything as it prompts and then preview the finished product!

I have thought about using another source for my second book series. I just need to get it in progress though!

Jeff
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ClaudiaHB Premium
the cover creator works well - for sure.
I batch create covers, so about 20 at a time, which is why I use Canva, it speeds up my process. That way I can publish faster - which mostly works for no content books, of course.

Wishing you all the success with your second book series - blessings
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Newme202 Premium
Cover creators?
Is that a pro software?
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ClaudiaHB Premium
no, within the KDP site there is a little part where you can either upload your own already finished cover, or you can use Amazon's design program right then and there to create your own cover.

Because I prefer to create in batches - which speeds up my process - I do not use that feature, however, it works really well, and assures that you use the correct margins for the cover of your book.
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Newme202 Premium
If I use Amazon's offer of a cover, do I have to.pay extra for that?
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Newme202 Premium
Not to worry
Just saw that you stated it was free :)
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Ah, thanks for the clarification, Claudia!

I need to get busy on the second series!

Jeff
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Freedomseekr Premium
Excellent info Claudia! Amazing how every little thing, even type of paper can make a difference in the sizing of the cover...thank goodness there's a free tool provided to help figure it out!

Thanks for sharing!
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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ClaudiaHB Premium
It is pretty amazing and can be very frustrating for someone who is new to KDP publishing.

I love me some free tools, for sure, lol - blessings
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JKulk1 Premium
Thank you Claudia. Jim
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ClaudiaHB Premium
my pleasure, Jim - blessings
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eminentcopy Premium
Excellent information.
Thank you, Claudia.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
thank you - have an awesome day
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eminentcopy Premium
Thank you, have a nice day.
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