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Hardcover books

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What’s a hardcover book?

Hardcover books, also known as case bound books, are all about showcasing quality. With a sleek, sturdy look and prominent sizing, they instantly pique curiosity and stand out on the bookshelf. Hardcover books are also designed for durability, making them a valuable addition to any reader’s collection.

What’s the difference between hardback and hardcover?

Nothing. Hardcover books go by many names, but they’re commonly made with the same process. It starts with the case binding, which arranges and glues your page contents together into a text block. That text block then adheres to book covers typically made of cardboard topped with paper, cloth, or another protective fabric. Most hardcover books are also printed on acid-free paper, preserving the quality of your work throughout the years.

How much does it cost to make a hardcover book?

Pricing your hardcover book varies based on which printing options you choose for your book, from the cover style to the page count. Learn more about what goes into hardcover book printing, or you can price your hardcover books right now.

Which genres are best suited for hardcover book printing?

Maybe you’re printing a memoir to pass on a powerful lesson. Or perhaps you want to present your photography portfolio to clients in a memorable way. If delivering a premium presentation is your goal, then hardcover book printing is just what you need.

Want to see which popular trim sizes fit your hardcover book? Find your genre here.

Hardcover books have many names—hard bound, hardback, bound book—but they all share the same meaning: quality presentation.

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HARDCOVER BOOK PRINTING ELEMENTS

Learn about the cover styles, trim sizes, and paper stocks that make your hardcover book unique.

Hardcover bookbinding

Select between a standard hardcover with adhesive case wrapping or add a glossy dust jacket for added protection.

Adhesive case wrap

Adhesive case wrap

Adhesive case wrap and Dust jacket

Adhesive case wrap and Dust jacket

The widest range of hardcover trim sizes

Choosing the perfect book trim size depends on your genre, readers’ preferences, industry standards, and other factors. But we provide hardcover book trim size recommendations so you can cut to the chase. Find the trim size that’s best for your book:

Digest

5.5" x 8.5"

Digest

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US trade

6" x 9"

US trade

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Portrait

8" x 10"

Portrait

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Landscape

9" x 7"

Landscape

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US letter

8.5" x 11"

US letter

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Square

8.5" x 8.5"

Square

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Large Square

10" x 10"

Large Square

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Landscape

11" x 8.5"

Landscape

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Paper stocks

The heavier the paper stock, the greater the look and feel, making 80lb. gloss paper stock the standard choice for photos, artwork, or any full-color project you have planned.

500 PPI, 92 Opacity, SFI Certified

500 PPI, 92 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & Off-white

Best for lengthy novels and books without imagery.

420 PPI, 94 Opacity, SFI Certified

420 PPI, 94 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & Off-white

Best for lengthy novels,
prose and non-fiction.

500 PPI, 93 Opacity, SFI Certified

500 PPI, 93 Opacity, SFI Certified

Uncoated & White

Best for lengthy novels
and extended text.

556 PPI, 95 Opacity, SFI Certified

556 PPI, 95 Opacity, SFI Certified

Heaviest & White

Best for photos and
full color printing books.

 
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Hardcover books made in the USA

Our Philadelphia-area print shop is calibrated to fulfill master certification requirements. It’s a qualification presented only to the best printers in the marketplace, which guarantees we give your book the utmost care. So whether you need one book in full-color or 10,000 copies from our digital offset press, every book will meet digital printing's highest standards. And we’ll even have your order ready faster than anywhere else—in as fast as 7 days.

“We had a 10-year-old manuscript published into an 840 page, hardback book. Everything from the dust jacket to the print and paper is absolutely perfect. For the best experience, I highly advised speaking with their Support or Publishing Specialists to have a clear understanding of how they can meet your expectations. We made several contacts with various people via email and phone and highly rate their services as friendly and professional.” — Evelyn

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The proof is in the printing

Print a retail-quality copy of your hardcover book for $39.

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100 Digest 5.5” x 8.5”

Softcover, perfect binding, 60lb natural paper stock, gloss cover finish, 100 full-color pages.

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Multiple trim sizes and options based on your book genre.

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Build your book from scratch with a range of trim sizes, cover styles and finishes, bindings, paper stock options, and print types.

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