Exposing Falsehoods: The Truth about Canva and Amazon KDP for Low Content Books


As self-publishing becomes a widely popular and accessible option for aspiring writers, designers, and entrepreneurs, it’s essential to know the dos and don’ts when it comes to copyright, licensing agreements, and the use of design tools. One such tool that has gained widespread attention in the self-publishing world is Canva. Canva Elements with its extensive library of illustrations, photos, and design templates have become go-to options for creating low content e-books. However, numerous myths about the permissible use of Canva Elements for print-on-demand (POD) platforms like Amazon KDP have been going around, which have created confusion and consequently, discouragement for many self-publishers. In this article, we’ll debunk these myths and shed light on the truth about Canva and Amazon KDP for low content books.

The Truth about Canva and Amazon KDP for Low Content Books

Myth #1: You Cannot Use Canva Elements on Amazon KDP

This is a complete falsehood. Canva elements can be used as long as they are sold as flattened, non-editable products or as templates. The caveat is that file sharing or reselling of the elements is not allowed, including for print-on-demand use cases like Amazon KDP.

Myth #2: Canva Elements Cannot Be Altered

Altering the elements is important, which means creating a unique new element by combining or layering multiple elements. Using common sense and being creative in designing can avoid any potential issues. It is important to understand and comply with Canva’s terms of use and license agreement.

Myth #3: Canva is the Only Option for Designing Low Content Books

While Canva is a popular choice, it is far from being the only option for designing low content books. There are various design tools available besides Canva, such as Photoshop, Affinity Products, and PowerPoint. These design tools may require a larger investment of time and effort than Canva, but they provide a greater range of features and customization options, which can ultimately result in more unique and professionally designed books.

Myth #4: You Can Ignore Canva’s Licensing Restrictions

Ignoring Canva’s licensing restrictions can put you at risk of copyright infringement. Five things that cannot be done with Canva are directly reselling elements, using standalone unaltered elements, ignoring licensing restrictions, infringing on trademarks or copyrights, and ignoring updates to Canva’s terms and guidelines. Following the guidelines and using the elements in your own design is perfectly fine for Amazon KDP.

Myth #5: Canva Elements Can Be Resold As Is

Directly reselling Canva elements is against Canva’s licensing agreement. Instead, altering the elements and using them in your unique design is acceptable. Canva Elements can only be sold if they are significantly altered from their original form, and the purchaser of the end product does not have access to the separate elements.


  1. Can I sell Canva Elements on Amazon KDP as they are?

No, you can only use Canva elements as templates or flattened, non-editable products. You cannot directly resell them.

  1. Can I use Canva Elements in my designs for a POD platform like Amazon KDP?

Yes, you can use Canva Elements in your designs as long as they are significantly altered, combined, or layered in a new design and sold as a new product.

  1. What happens if I violate Canva’s license agreement?

If you violate Canva’s license agreement, you risk copyright infringement and legal action from the original creators of the elements.

  1. Are there other design tools available for creating low content books?

Yes, other design tools like Photoshop, Affinity Products, and PowerPoint are also popular options for creating low content books.

  1. Can I ignore Canva’s licensing restrictions and avoid the consequences?

No, ignoring Canva’s licensing restrictions can result in copyright infringement and legal action. It’s essential to understand and comply with Canva’s license agreement.

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