Common Questions about Hardcover Books
Jun 05,2018 SESE
What is a Hardcover Book Binding?
Hardcover bound books are first perfect bound with a blank end sheet, and then trimmed to the final trim size. The outside cover of the book is glued to .088" thick book board and are wrapped in cloth, leather, or a printed sheet (typically called case wrapping). DiggyPOD offers case wrapped hardbound book binding, we do not offer cloth or leather wrapping.
What is a Dust Jacket?
Dust Jackets are detachable outer cover, made of paper & printed on for a custom look. The Dust Jacket has folded flaps that hold it to the front & back covers.
What is Foil Stamping?
Foil Stamping is a process of applying either gold or silver foil that is hot stamped using a steel die onto either a cloth, leather, or dustjackets. Foil stamping is used mostly for cloth covers, to add the title and author name to the front cover and spine of the book.
What is Embossing?
Embossing is when you use a steel die to put an impression into paper to give a raised letters or design. It is mostly used on dust jackets to give the book cover a high end finish feel and look.
What is Smyth Sewn Binding?
Smyth Sewn books actually are sewn together on an industrial sewing machine to help hold the pages together. The sewing is applied once the pages are folded into signatures and collated together.
What are End sheets?
An end sheet (also called an end leaf) is used as the false cover of hard bound books. These end sheets are glued to the interior book pages and then glued to the inside of the outer casing of the book. The end sheets are a thicker paper that secures the book block (text pages) to the outside cover casing with glue. End sheets are either white or natural and contain no printing on them.
What are Endbands?
Endbands are multicolored ribbons on the top & bottom of the book spine. Endbands are used for decoration only & serve no additional functions to the book. Endbands are typically used for Reference books, and some religious book.
What are the layout requirements for my hardcover book?
- One pdf file of your book cover & a separate pdf file for the interior pages.
- Fonts must be embedded in both pdf files.
- Page size must match the trim size of the book you are ordering.
- PDF file should be in single page layout
Make sure any graphics are high resolution (we recommend unless300 dpi).