hard cover additionals

The basic hard cover does not have to have a dust jacket or "jacket" but many do, especially if they are using paper or cloth binding materials with foil stamping. The dust jacket traditionally protects the cover material.

Note: Dust jacket flaps are valuable marketing real estate. The front flap often carries a synopsis of the book contents along with a hook to pique your interest enough to buy the book.The back flaps traditionally have some information about the author or illustrator or photographer. That leaves the back of the book jacket for reviews from people within your field who may influence a prospective buyer.

Recommendations for extras:

For crowd funding projects run a total quantity of your book and then use different cover treatments to bring the level up, from a soft cover, to a hard cover, to a Limited Edition, using the same book block for best value. You can add a box or slipcase for the LImited Editions, for example.

Limited Editions are great donor gifts for museums where slipcases can be added for a very reasonable cost, even if the main run was a soft cover book, some copies of the book can be made into hard covers by hand in Asia. Or run-on your dust jacket for special donors with some additional wording or logo printed, or in foil.

 
 Fancy woven headband samples, Leaf from a foil sample book

Fancy woven headband samples, Leaf from a foil sample book

 Showing inside of a French Fold dust jacket

Showing inside of a French Fold dust jacket

head band options + foil

Head and tail bands come in many colors and weaves. Above are some of the fancier varied weaves, but a solid color is also very appropriate.

Foil stamping for the front cover and spine is standard. It comes in metallics as well as solid matt or glossy colors.

Note: Colored paper covers take foil stamping much better than cloth, and can be quite intricate. Try not to use more than one color of foil on a book cover, the foil will cost twice as much if you use two. Paper is generally cheaper than cloth.

Note: The foil stamping die is priced by the square inch of the area that encloses the stamping, so a cover that has a title at the top and author name at the bottom will cost more than one where they are on two lines close to each other. If you want more than one foil stamp color you will need to pay for a die for each color applied. You will also pay more for a deep die, and that is what you need if you want to debosse the cover without foil, say as in blind debossing your signature. That foil is usually not produced at the plant, they have to outsource it and it takes longer and costs more.

 

dust Jackets

Dust jackets are usually printed on 100# (157 gsm) glossy art paper and covered in either glossy or matt film lamination. You can upgrade to 120#  200 gsm) but if you do it might be best to score the dust jacket at the spine and at the outer edges, 6 scores in all, otherwise the dust jacket may "billow"because it is too thick to make a sharp corner.

Even so, a dust jacket can have many other exciting properties. If it has a matt film lamination, you can use a spot glossy UV to contrast with the matt background.

You can have the title embossed or debossed and use foil stamping on the jacket for contrast and interest.

A French Fold dust jacket has the top and bottom portion (about 2") folded instead of cut, making the dust jacket very strong.

 

 Top left clockwise: Box withribbon and bone toggle closure, clamshell box with hard cover inside, slipcase in middle of three styles, mailing carton with box with toggle closure and tipped on image inside. Hard cover book inside the box.

Top left clockwise: Box withribbon and bone toggle closure, clamshell box with hard cover inside, slipcase in middle of three styles, mailing carton with box with toggle closure and tipped on image inside. Hard cover book inside the box.

boxes and slipcases

A slipcase is common for high end cloth-bound books. They are often associated with Limited Editions. A slipcase is usually constructed of the same weight board as the hard cover book, and often using the same binding material. Sometimes you might want to tip a label or image onto the cover of the slipcase, or even foil stamp it.

Note: Using the same foil as the book cover saves the cost of a second die.

The tipped-on label or image is usually printed on special pre-glued paper and the image is diecut and film laminated or varnished, then tipped into a rectangular debossed area the same size, which protects the label from being scratched because it is below the level of the cover cloth.

Clamshell presentation boxes are expensive. They are really two boxes that fit together like a clamshell, and usually there is a ribbon inside that helps pull the book out of the box. We developed a box with a ribbon and bone toggle closure that has been very popular over the years, and less expensive than a clamshell box.

 Top left clockwise: Ribbon markers, Debossed and gold foil on book cover, three ribbon markers on a thick book, die-cut cover with magnets in handles to act as a stand for this children's music book

Top left clockwise: Ribbon markers, Debossed and gold foil on book cover, three ribbon markers on a thick book, die-cut cover with magnets in handles to act as a stand for this children's music book

other options

Other options to make a portion of the book run into a Limited Edition might include putting the book inside a matching slipcase or clamshell box and offering a print that fits inside the slipcase or box. You can add one or several ribbon markers to the book, and you can add a CD or DVD that could be glued into the back cover of the book.

The book itself can be diecut, or magnets can be used to have a different style box, and you can have many options to make the cover or dust jacket stand out, from a tipped in image, to embossed or debossed lettering, or use of spot UV to contrast from the film lamination.

You can also add a vellum page, tipped into the front of the book, where the author can sign it and where the book number (for a LImited Edition) is recorded. Printing on hte velllum is usually on black only, but could be 4-C. This tip-in can also be used for corporate sponsorship, along with a unique dust jacket if a company is wanting the book for some event of other purpose. Printing special dust jackets or running-on dust jackets with a special logo added is an economical way to personalize a book.