Hard Cover Options
There are many options to choose from when creating the cover of your book. Hard cover books can feature full-color printing, leatherette, foil stamping, embossing and debossing.
Hard Cover Binding Options
Standard hard cover binding is typically the least expensive hard cover binding option, and works well for books with smaller page counts (24 - 208 pages). The signatures of the book are gathered together into a block and then bound into a hard case. This type of binding is also known as library binding because it is very durable.
Smyth sewn hard cover binding has the added strength of overlapped stitches, and can be used on books that have 64 or more pages. The advantage of this binding style is that the book will lie flat when open. Typically, you'll see this binding style in reference books such as medical books, law books, etc.
Embossing, Debossing & Foil Stamping
Embossing is a technique which creates a raised, or 3D, image on a piece of paper. It is typically accomplished with a combination of heat and pressure on the paper. Embosssing can also be used with foil stamping or on a full-color cover to create an even more unique look. Debossing uses the same technique as embossing, except the impression is heat-pressed into the surface of the paper so that an image is depressed (lowered) instead of raised. As with embossing, debossing can be used with foil stamping or on a full-color cover to create special visual effects and textures.
Foil stamping involves the use of heat to transfer metallic foil to a solid surface such as a yearbook cover. As with embossing and debossing, a die is needed to "stamp" the foil into the cover material. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing or debossing to create a very striking 3D image. While gold and silver metallic foil never go out of style, the additional colors shown are popular as well—choose colors that give your book a one-of-a-kind look!
Endsheets are the thick paper attached to both the inside front and back covers of a hard cover book next to the first and last sheets of the book. The type of paper is usually different than what is used in the rest of your book. We carry eight standard colors, but if you'd like a color not listed below or would prefer to have custom printed endsheets just ask!