Create Notebooks to Sell Online - 101

Before we get into niche notebook ideas, I wanted to go over some details about creating notebooks to sell online.

Graphic- two colorful notebooks

Believe it or not, notebooks and journals are the most popular field of publishing in paperback commerce. Probably because the books offer a high function as tools for a myriad of events and processes. In this structure of independent publishing, niche notebooks create the biggest attraction. Cray-cray, right?.

Examples: Notebooks | Journals | Coloring Books | Puzzle Books

What is excellent about creating notebooks to sell is that they can serve a limitless variety of niches and needs. These types of books fall into two categories:

Low Content Book Publishing – Designed covers with minimal written words or designed interiors.

No or Zero Content Book Publishing – Designed covers with blank or repetitive lined interiors.

I know it sounds ridiculous because there is not much writing involved, but low content book publishing is a flourishing and prosperous industry.

What is the profitability?

The benefits of creating notebooks to sell online are astounding! Not only have these publishers put their hand on the heartbeat of impulse purchases, but their niche notebook ideas are usually a solution to a problem that most people have. It is a win-win.​

In my research, I have found niche notebook publishers generating a side-gig income from 4-figures all the way up to 6-figures. I even stumbled on a couple of publishers who have hit the 7-figure mark. However, the million-dollar producing publishers have been working this industry full-time since July 2000.


Publishing your niche notebook ideas with Amazon KDP has a very low investment of time and no money investment, allowing more room for much higher profits. The books that you create will be uploaded to Amazon’s Print On Demand service. This process means zero inventory and that you only pay for your printing fees per book as a customer clicks to buy. So, you are not out any money if no one buys your niche notebook until next Christmas.

You will have the ability to target a wide variety of markets and demographics. It’s pretty much limitless!

Make as many or as few books for a wide range of niches or focus on just one or two.

As you create notebooks to sell online, you can scale your low content book publishing side gig higher by repurposing the same niche notebook into different categories, printing physical books to sell at boutiques, or creating different notebooks with the same format for other niches.

While researching this industry, I have found that nearly 100% of notebook creators use Amazon KDP for their publishing platform.