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Hardcover book printing

We have extensive experience printing hardcover books Printing books on a hard cover is a true declaration of intent: is a firm commitment to distinction and excellence, which denotes a taste for things well done and for proven quality.


Quality hardcover book printing


Hardcover binding is named after the fact that the cover's core is a rigid cardboard whose caliber is usually 2 or 2.5 mm.

The cover (on the outside) and the endpapers (on the inside) line the cardboard. Printing hardcover books is the best way to give your book a durable, quality finishing. The rigidity of the cover makes this kind of books more easily identified as quality products.


Components of a hardcover book


When it comes to printing hardcover books, we have to consider the different parts that make them up...

  • Cover. The sheet that lines the cardboard on the outer side. Paper weight must range between 135 and 170 g., being 150 g. the most standardized and the one we make available to you in our online store. On the other hand, it is compulsory to laminate the lining paper, in order to protect the print during the book binding processes. Therefore, in our print store you will see that it is imperative to laminate it using any of these 4 options: gloss; matte; scuff resistant matte; soft touch matte.
  • Endpapers. The sheets that line the cardboard on the inner side, so that the grey colour of the cardboard is not visible. It is also a strengthening for the book, as it provides consistency and connects the covers with the inner page block. Usually an unprinted white offset paper weighing between 135 and 170g is used. However, they can be printed on offset paper or on coated paper of the above-mentioned weights. An imperative technical requirement: paper weight must be equal to or greater than that of the inner pages.
    Every hardcover book includes 2 endpapers: the front one and the back one. Imagine that a front endpaper is like a bi-fold; the front cover is stuck to the cardboard by the left half of this bifold, leaving the right half as a kind of courtesy sheet; while the back cover is stuck to the cardboard by the right half, the left half acting as a courtesy sheet. At the time of designing the endpapers, you must set their size like that of the inner pages, but multiplying the width by 2. For example, if our book (the inner page block) measures 21 x 29.7 cm, then the size for our endpages has to be 42 x 29.7 cm. If both endpages are going to be printed on two sides, we will define 4 pages in the document; if they are going to be printed on one side, then we will define 2 pages in the document (one for the front endpaper and one for the back endpaper).
  • Cardboard. It is the core of a hardcover. The most common is a 2 - 2.5 mm-thick grey cardboard. It is not printed, its purpose is to grant rigidity to the covers.
  • Inner Page Block. As in a softcover book, these are the pages that make up the text block. The considerations when designing the text block are the same as for softcovers: the number of pages must be a multiple of 4; the bleed area of the document must be 3 mm; a safety margin of 5 mm must be kept blank around the page, i.e. non-bleeding elements mustn't be placed too close to the edge; when layout is carried out, the inner margins must be wide enough to ensure good text readability.

Optional elements in hardcover books

  • Book jacket. This is a printed and laminated sheet the same height as the book, with 2 flaps (one at each end) and placed over the cover wrapping up the book. Its use is restricted to those cases when either the book's own cover has hardly any design (e.g., a coloured background with the title of the book) or when the cover is made of geltex or guaflex with just the book's title and author stamped on it. Let's analyze this. A common hardcover (without jacket), concentrates all its attractiveness and all its design on the cover, that is what is visible. But if a hardcover book includes a jacket, then the strength of design is passed on to the jacket, which becomes the most visible part, leaving the cover relegated to the background since it is not visible (to see it is necessary to remove the jacket).
  • Ribbon marker. This add-on performs the role of a bookmark. However, its use is in decline, mainly because of the extra cost involved. Bookmarks, available in our online print shop, offer the advantage of allowing to convey information on them.

Special features of hardcover books


Compared to softcover books, hardcovers feature a number of noteworthy peculiarities...

First, covers are larger than the inner page block and the endpapers.

For example, if the text block and endpapers measure 21 x 29.7 cm, the finished book measures 21.3 x 30.3 cm, that is to say, 3 mm larger on the head, the tail and the fore edge.

In addition, the spine may be flat or rounded. Flat spine is more common, as it is generally cheaper than a rounded spine. The latter is used for more classical books, which are to be given a plus of elegance. On the other hand, at the top and bottom of the spine we find little pieces of cloth known as head and tail bands, and which "finish" it, so to say. Head and tail bands are available in assortments of a variety of colours.


Designing the cover of a hardcover book


When conceiving the hardcover book, cover design requires to accurately follow some principles.

First, the bleeding area should be 20 mm instead of the usual 3 mm. This is due to the fact that the cover paper has to cover the cardboard on the front side and also wrap it around 15-20 mm on the back.

Secondly, because of the cardboard thickness, it is necessary to add 5 mm to the spine size (obtaining the spine size by means of a text block paper maquette).

In addition, on each side of the spine 10 mm need to be added (20 mm in total)


What book topics are usually bound as hardcovers?


Strictly speaking, there are no themes specially suited to be bound as softcovers or hardcovers.

A particular book can be bound using one or the other method, depending on the degree of quality (or refinement) that publishers want their work to have... and on the available budget, of course.

In general, novels and fiction stories are usually bound as softcovers. Art books and books with a wealth of photographs (of any subject) are usually bound as hardcovers. It is necessary to emphasize that hardcover book printing is an excellent decision if we want the reader to appreciate the book and keep it for a long time, since the quality image it conveys invites you to keep it on the shelf and read it again later.

Comics: the perfect product for hardcover printing

This statement may seem shocking, but experience shows that some comic book publishers are producing comics as hardcover books. We are not referring to fanzine-type black and white comics which are usually saddle stitched. We are referring to full colour comics, very eye-catching, veritable display of design using vector drawing tools.

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