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We utilize premium materials and industry-leading technology to craft covers of exceptional quality. Covers are printed in digital full color and then UV coated or laminated to ensure the highest level of quality and protection.
Covers are printed digitally in full color on the outside (sometimes known as 4/0). Printing on the inside of the cover is also available for softcover only in full color (4/4) or in black only (4/1).
12pt C1S is a versatile option, perfect for any softcover, spiral and wire-o book. “C1S” stands for “coated on one side.” It is our heaviest and most durable cover stock option, making it our most popular choice. We purchase this stock in large volumes, which allows us to offer it at the lowest price possible.
A lighter alternative to our standard C1S stock, 80lb White Cover is a pliable stock that matches our white interior paper. It has a smooth finish and gives each book a delicate look and feel.
This stock is a great match for books utilizing our natural interior paper. The 80lb Natural Cover combines the pliability of our 80lb cover stock with the warm tones of our natural paper.
For printed hardcover books covers and dustjackets, we use 100# white Titan Book paper stock.
We offer three standard finishes to protect the printed surface of your cover.
UV Coating is a liquid solution that is cured using ultraviolet and infrared lights. This cost-effective option gives your cover a glossy shine and helps protect against curling.
Gloss Lamination is a reflective film overlay that gives your cover a polished look. This finish provides increased shine and surface protection.
Matte Lamination is a film overlay that provides a more muted look for your book. The soft, velvety texture of this cover finish is sure to make your book stand our from the crowd.
Cloth covers impart a sophisticated look and feel to your hardcover book. We offer 11 ArrestoxB bookcloth colors across two textures. Vellum fabrics are solid, whereas linens have a subtle woven texture. Colors shown are approximations and may appear different on your final books.
Cloth covers can be upgraded to imitation leather. We offer 5 standard imitation leather colors. Imitation leather has a smooth, marbled texture. Colors shown are approximations and may appear different on your final books.
Each cloth cover includes creation of a custom die for stamping the front cover and spine. Dies can be stamped in gold, silver or white foil or one of our premium custom colors. Pricing depends on the square inches of the die. Foil-stamped cloth covers look great by themselves but can also be upgraded with a ribbon marker or dustjacket.
We can mail you a paper sample booklet to see exactly what our papers look and feel like.
Want to make your book stand out? We offer a range of custom add-ons to help enhance your cover, including 3D Spot UV, metallic printing and inside cover printing. Check out our list of premium add-ons.
All our hardcover books include two endsheets, one in the front and one in the back. Their function is to help hold the bound book block to the front and back cover.
Our primary paper stocks are FSC, SFI and Rainforest Alliance certified. This means the production of our stocks passes a high level of scrutiny from multiple independent organizations devoted to responsible sourcing. We also recycle 100% of the byproduct from both our paper processing as well as our printer waste (toner, toner cartridges, parts, etc). We are also highly involved in the Clean Planet Program, which is spearheaded by Konica Minolta.