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Low Content Book Publishing Glossary

There is not much detail to low content book publishing once you master the basics.

Niche notebook publishers who embrace their creative side seem to do the best, and the creatives that understand the basic terms of publishing with KDP see even greater success.


Therefore, I’m going to give a quick overview of the low content book publishing glossary (lingo) to help your creative spirit achieve the greatest success!

Don’t worry! This post will not be boring book printing details. I’m just going to give you a crash course in the terms you need to be familiar with when publishing with KDP.


LOW CONTENT BOOK PUBLISHING GLOSSARY OF TERMS

COVER

Easy peasy. The cover is the outside of your niche notebook. Think of it as one page that wraps around the other pages.

COVER FINISH

When publishing with KDP, you will get the choice of a matte finish (satin) or a glossy finish (shiny) for your completed cover.

INTERIOR

In low content book publishing, it is also known as the manuscript. The interior is the beautiful pages inside of your niche notebook.

PDF

A file format that provides an electronic image text and graphics that looks like a printed document and can be viewed, reproduced, and electronically transmitted.

When publishing with KDP, you will upload both your cover and interior in PDF format.

MARGINS

Margins are the area around the edges of the document that will not contain text.

GUTTER or GUTTER MARGIN

The inside margin, closest to the spine of the notebook.

BLEED

OMG!!! Bleed stumped me for a good two weeks. I kept thinking it was way more complicated than it really it is. Trust me. It is not complicated at all.

Bleed is the outer edge of your niche notebook that will get trimmed off before printing.

The cover will always need bleed, so the colors or graphics will show to the trimmed edges.

The interior of the book usually does not require bleed because most words or lines look best with a bit of white space around the edges. At times I still choose bleed for publishing my interiors so that my graphics go to the edge of the pages.

TRIM SIZE

The final size of your printed document, after you have decided on bleed or no bleed.

LIVE AREA

Also known as the margin sweet spot or safe zone. The live area is the space you keep all your relevant text and images within.

RESOLUTION

Resolution is the level of detail in an image and is in either PPI (pixels per inch) or DPI (dots per inch). The higher an image’s resolution, the higher the quality of the graphic.

When publishing with KDP, your images need a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

RASTER IMAGE

Images that usually come in JPG, GIF, TIF, BMP, or PNG format, and are mostly found in photographs.


VECTOR IMAGE

Images that usually come in SVG, EPS, or PDF format, such as in illustrations

Here’s a tip. After weeks of calculating margins and trim sizes for my low content book publishing, I found that Tangent Templates does it automatically for you. Duh! Just get Tangent Templates! LOL!!!


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