Using Canva To Make a Cover For Your Low Content Books

Easy and Free Low Content Book Cover Creation With Canva

I plan to make a new video of this. I feel like I was a bit clunky in this one. I know I can do better. But this video will show you how you can use your art on low content books and how to size the cover correctly. 

Here is an extra bonus for you. A check list of everything you should verify before uploading your book to Amazon.

 Review Checklist For Amazon KDP 

Manual check

Make sure...

All book details exactly match the information in your files

The information in your manuscript and cover files exactly matches the book details (e.g., title, author name, edition, language, ISBN, etc.) you enter during title setup. Check all parts of your book, including:

  • Title page
  • Copyright page
  • Headers and footers
  • Front and back cover
  • Spine


  • Content in your manuscript file that you want to reach all the way to the edge of the page must extend 0.125" (3.2 mm) past your trim line on the top, bottom, and outside edges. This will prevent a white border from appearing at the edge of the page when the book is trimmed.
  • The cover is sized for bleed and any background (e.g. color or images) extends 0.125" (3.2 mm) past the trim line. This will prevent a white border when the book is trimmed.

Pagination/blank pages

  • The page numbers in your manuscript file are in sequential order with even numbers on left pages and odd numbers on the right.
  • There are no more than 2 consecutive blank pages at the beginning or middle of your manuscript file and/or 10 consecutive blank pages at the end.
  • If you continue page numbering from a previous book in a subsequent volume of a series, the series name and volume number are clearly labeled.
  • Any scanned content with sequential original page numbering is clearly visible in the footer of the manuscript file.

Illegible text

Your text is large and clear enough so that readers can enjoy your book. To help ensure your text is legible, check the following:

  • Text is at least 7-point font
  • Other elements don’t cut off or overlap text
  • Text doesn’t blend into the background

Be sure to check the text in all parts of your book, including the manuscript, images that contain text, and cover.

Spine text

  • The spine text has at least 0.0625" on each side. If the text is too large, it can wrap onto the front or back cover.
  • Your book has enough pages to provide a spine wide enough for text. Books need at least 79 pages to have spine text.

Template text

All template text is customized or removed. Check all parts of your book, including:

  • Title page
  • Copyright page
  • Headers and footers
  • Front and back cover
  • Spine


  • Your manuscript content doesn't extend past the margins. This can cause the content from being cut off during manufacturing.
  • The text on your cover doesn't extend past the cover edge. This can cause the text to be cut off during manufacturing.


There's no language in your files that implies your book is part of a bundled set.



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