HARDCOVER BOOKS

We specialise in printing books, and one of the most popular types of binding is hardcover, including small runs in digital printing as well as larger runs in offset printing.

If you are an author or publisher, present us your work and tell us about your project. We can help you make the right decisions about the format and finishing of the hardcover book you want to publish.

We know that you may have many doubts, but don’t worry, we are not only printers, we are also your allies to conquer the publishing market.

  We specialise in manufacturing books with a touch of exclusivity and elegance. Here you can find a lot of useful information about the different elements of hardcover books, finishing and lamination as well as printing.

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    Hardcover books

    You’ve finished writing and rewriting, you’ve decided it’s time to print, now comes an important part, the binding of your book, hardback or paperback?

    Today we will tell you how you can choose the best cover, thinking about what you want, what works best for you according to your budget and what your readers will surely like.

      We know you may be full of doubts, but that’s what we’re here for, we’re not just printers, we’re also your allies to conquer the publishing market.

    Hardback vs. softcover books

    In addition to the thickness and the material that obviously differentiates them, when you are thinking about the cover of your book you must be very clear that it will depend on the type of work you have created, as some types of books require strong materials for use, transport and storage, others however simply must be comfortable and flexible for daily reading on the sofa or armchair at home.

    The main difference between the two, generally speaking, is that hardcover books are glued through the endpapers, i.e. the inside of the cover.

    The hardcover books, on the one hand, can be those works that are just coming out in their first version, but it also works very well for large format books that compile photographs, paintings or recipes.

    Bearing in mind what we mentioned above about the handling of the book, dictionaries, manuals and professional books are usually created with a hard cover to withstand the passage of time and constant use.

    Did you know that hardcover books are also known as hardback?

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    The decision is yours, it doesn’t hurt to tell you more about hardback books, as they can be a boom, and contrary to what many may think, they are not expensive.

    Advantages of hardcover books

    • It conveys prestige: Many people associate hardback books with elegance, status and prestige, perhaps this is the feeling it generates, but it does not imply that you should invest large amounts of money for its printing and creation.
    • Durability: Of course, because rigid materials are used, it is difficult to bend the front or back cover, or the corners, which tend to deteriorate easily. As it remains rigid, the outside and inside of your book will always be well cared for.
    • Ideally, the book will always be well cared for.
    • Ideal for large formats and thicknesses: When you have a large book, this will require more seams and more support, otherwise it can easily wear out, bend or deteriorate

    That’s why hardcover books are par excellence a good investment! Both for you as a creator and for your readers. They’re the shelf-stable books that will keep well for years to come.

    Know the materials

    When our customers order hardcover books, in addition to the classics, we have materials such as chrome embossing and chromo board. Why do we work with chrome? Well, the explanation is very simple: this is a type of medium-thick cardboard that is very compatible with coated paper, because when it is printed it sticks to the cardboard and the two immediately fuse together. The end result you already know: a strong feel without being heavy.

    You can see the cool finishes in the pictures.

    About the chrome stamping, we can tell you that it is a malleable material, it can be guaflex or leather, which allow the application of monochrome drawings or texts in silver, gold or black tones. These elements are made with irons, they do not undergo any printing process per se.

    The structure of hardback books

    • Guardas: These are the first and last pages, which are generally made of a thicker paper than the one used in ordinary pagination. You can also identify them because they are often in white, black, wine, or any other colour that matches the cover of your book.
    • Spine: The side of your hardcover books can have two types of cut, round or square.
    • Spine: The side of your hardcover books can have two types of cut, round or square.
    • Headers: These are located at the top and bottom of the books, they are the thread binding that attaches the book to the spine, therefore, it is an important part of the hardback binding process. Usually, you can choose the colour of this thread.

    The Superman of books

    Just as many of the world’s readers loved the comic book character Superman, they also love hardcover books, for the same reason: they associate them with endurance and strength. That is why we suggest you think about the perception of the readers and of course, if the work you are going to present to the world is aimed at a specific target, take that into account.

    Remember that there are all kinds of preferences, there are those who read anywhere, there are those who read in bed before going to sleep, those who read on the furniture at home, others prefer to do it in the office, during a trip or even in the bathroom… There are also those who end up listening to audiobooks or reading ebooks, but that’s another topic, what we want you to keep in mind is that you must adapt your book to the tastes of the readers, and let’s not forget those who are collectors at heart and enjoy the smell of printed books!

    As you can see, there are many reader profiles, think very carefully about who you are targeting and if they need a sturdy book, choose hardback books.

    “Don’t forget that the cover should be in line with the type of book you are developing.”

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    Dustcovers: The Super Book Layer

    This is another option that we offer you for your hardcover books, of course it also serves to reinforce softcover books, but the usual is to use them over hard covers especially when they are made with chrome prints.

    The idea is that, as it is not possible to print on chrome prints, your books can have an eye-catching cover with photographs, colours, images or any other decorative element that comes to cover the hardcover books as such.

    Ask for your quote today! Don’t miss the opportunity to have a Super Book!

    Print hardcover books

    We specialise in printing books, and one of the most popular types of bookbinding is hardcover, including small runs in digital printing as well as larger runs in offset printing.

    We specialise in producing books with a touch of exclusivity and elegance. Here you can find a lot of useful information about the different elements of hardcover books, finishing and lamination as well as printing.

    How hardcover book binding works

    When talking about printing hardcover books we mainly focus on the type of binding. The hardcover binding uses rigid cardboard covers in its construction. The covers are made of three pieces of cardboard: front, back and spine. These three pieces are vinyl-coated to turn them into a single piece with the best quality and an exceptional print finish.

    At Colorprinter, we generally use 2 mm cardboard to print hardcover books. One side is offset white in order to achieve better adhesion of the paper. However, as every project is different, our workshop experts will make the best decision for the most suitable result.

    In addition, the inside of the hardcover cardboard is adhered to the inside of the cover, which can be white or printed in black and white or in colour.

    Types of laminates to use when printing hardcover books

    The laminate is a plastic protective film, made of polypropylene, especially indicated for the protection of printed materials. This lamination or plasticising gives the book a finish that gives it a greater presence and makes it more durable over time.

    In addition, laminating the covers of a book gives it a different feel and a distinctive appearance. After printing hardcover books, there are different types of laminates and finishes that we show you below.

    Gloss or matt lamination:

    The two most commonly used finishes when printing hardcover books are gloss lamination and matt lamination. In addition to the clear visual difference, there is also a difference in feel. Matte lamination is softer and gloss lamination is more plastic.

    The choice between these options will depend on the style of the design as well as the content of the book itself. If you have any doubts, our printing consultants will be able to help you decide which one you consider the best option for your specific job.

    Offset lamination:

    Embossed lamination is a more exclusive finish. The visual appearance is satin, however the beauty of this type of laminate is the feel and presence it gives. To compare it to any other material it would have a similar feel to linen or canvas.

    The texture that is created with this laminate is a slight relief in the form of a grid.

    Embossed laminate:

    Embossed laminate is a more exclusive finish. The visual appearance is satin, however the beauty of this type of laminate is the feel and presence it gives. To compare it to any other material it would have a similar feel to linen or canvas.

    The texture that is created with this laminate is a slight relief in the form of a grid.

    Velvet laminate or soft touch laminate:

    Soft touch laminate is an exceptional product to give a touch of distinction to your book cover. Visually it is comparable to matt lamination, but it gives an added value to the printing of hardcover books that is not comparable to any other finish.

    As the name suggests, it is a soft-touch laminate. So the perception of the book in the hands suggests an even higher quality. It gives a texture similar to peach skin.

    However, it is important to advise that this laminate is not the best choice for laminating covers printed with black or dark colours. The reason for this is that velvet laminate is very easily fingerprinted when handled and on deep colours it creates visible finger marks.

    Laminate + UVI 2D and 3D varnish:

    This is rather an additional finish to the matt or velvet lamination. After laminating the hardcover books, a partial varnish is applied by digital printing.

    This varnish can be 2-Dimensional or 3-Dimensional. The difference between the two is that the UVI 2D varnish is flat, while the 3D varnish has a slight relief, more perceptible to the touch.

    Both options give a luxurious and exclusive finish. It is a way to “play” with the design and emphasise some parts such as images or the title and authors.

    Laminating + special inks:

    We work with all kinds of special finishes. Each of them has its technical limitations, but the best thing is that we get results that stand out from any other printer or publisher.

    To mention some of the finishes used when printing hardback books, we have hot stamping or hotstamping, embossing or embossing with gold and silver metallic inks. If you require these or other exclusive finishes, please contact us for more information.

    Additional elements of a hardback book

    Dust jacket or dust jacket

    A dust jacket can be added to hardcover books. This jacket serves both to protect the hardcover book and to add additional information. On the flaps of the jacket, which wrap around the hardcover book, the author’s biography, other published titles, etc., are usually included.

    Printed dustjacket

    This is the paper that is adhered to the inside of the cover. This covers the grey cardboard of the cover. The hardcover book will have a flyleaf on the inside of the front cover and a flyleaf on the inside of the back cover. The purpose of the endpapers is to bind the covers to the inside pages. They can be white flyleaves, black flyleaves, blue flyleaves, red flyleaves or flyleaves with your own personalised design. They are printed with the same grammage chosen on the inside pages of the book.

    A flyleaf is like a diptych folded in half and when designing them you have to take into account that their size has to be the same as that of the inside pages, but multiplying the width by 2.

    Page marker cords

    The bookmark cord is used to mark the exact spot where we have stopped reading. This makes it easier to continue reading the book. The bookmark is made of black fabric.

    Headband

    The headband is a sewn fabric decoration that is attached to the head and foot of the spine before the covers are attached. It is a decorative element, but it helps to give more quality to our hardcover book.

    Budget for printing hardcover books

    We specialise in printing books, and one of the most popular types of binding is hardcover, including small runs in digital printing as well as larger runs in offset printing.

    Tell us about your project right now and we will find the best solution for printing hardcover books.