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Hardcover Book Printing

Hardcover Book Printing
Professional hardcover book printing services
hardcover book printing services
Hardcover Book Printing
hardcover book printing
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Hardcover Book Printing
Professional hardcover book printing services
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Hardcover Book Printing
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Nothing speaks so powerfully of your status as an author, your values and style, as a gorgeous, exclusive, custom-printed hardcover edition of your book

A beautiful hardcover edition of your book elevates your content with style and durability. Whether you write memoirs, inspirational books, novels, short stories or poetry collections, graphic novels, self-help, travelogues, or anything else, a professional hardcover edition gives your creativity the high-end presentation it deserves.

At QinPrinting—the international experts in hardcover book printing—we craft exquisite, premium-quality hardcover books for discerning self-publishers, public speakers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and more. Coupled with over 25 years of success in the industry, an expert team, state-of-the-art technology, and unrivaled customer service, our dedication and high-quality products sustain our first-class reputation among sophisticated self-publishers and independent creatives around the globe.

Quantity
We are an offset printer, rather than a digital or print-on-demand service, so we must impose a minimum order quantity (MOQ). We’ve set ours as low as possible, at 100 units. But with offset printing, the higher the quantity you order in a single print run, the lower the cost-per-unit.
Size
Choose preset dimensions from the dropdown menu or click “CUSTOM SIZE” to enter your own custom dimensions.
Please use the format, width x height;
size
so, 5.5″ x 8.5″ would mean 5.5″ wide and 8.5″ high.
The possible size range is 3.74″ to 11.69″ in width or height, allowing for portrait or landscape orientation.
Full color printing
Cover
A hardcover book’s cover is printed on one side only; the outer-facing side. The inside front cover and inside back cover are glued to the end sheets.
Cover Paper
As standard, we wrap the grayboard casing in 157 gsm / 58 lb cover paper. If you need a special material or a solid color paper for the cover, please contact us first to discuss your options.
157 gsm

157 gsm ≈ 58.0 lb Cover Paper

Grey Board Thickness
Lamination
We laminate only the outside of the cover as the inside is glued to the end sheets.
Surface

We offer a comprehensive selection of special surface finishes which we can apply to most covers, with a few limitations. For example, spot UV can only be applied to matte laminated and soft-touch laminated covers.

These options are only suitable for gold or silver foil stamping up to a 5.9″ x 1.18″ area; and embossing, debossing, or spot UV up to a 7.87″ x 1.96″ area. If the special finish area you need is larger than this, please contact us to get a quote.

Besides gold and silver foil, we can foil stamp designs in a range of colors. If you need a special color foil stamp or have specific surface requests, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
End sheet
The end sheets connect the hardcover casing and the interior pages when binding the book. So, there are two end sheets, one at the front and one at the back and both glued to the grayboard cover.
blank end sheet option
color end sheet option
End Sheet Paper
If your book size is 8.5″ x 11″ or less with an interior page count of fewer than 320 pages, then a good option for the end sheets is 140 gsm / 95 lb offset paper.
If your book size is larger than 8.5″ x 11″, then 170 gsm / 115 lb offset paper would be better.
If your end sheets will be printed and your book’s interior uses gloss or matte art paper—say, for an art book or coffee table book—to make sure the colors match well, use 157gsm / 58 lb gloss or matte art paper for your end sheets.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Inner
Page Count
One sheet of paper is equal to two pages.
page-sheet
page-sheet
 
The total page count is a multiple of 4. When printing and binding your book, we fold sheets into “signatures”.
If your book is larger, say, 8.5″ x 11″ or A4 size, one signature will have 16 pages. So, the inner page amount should be divisible by 16. Making your page counts match signatures is the most economical solution.
The maximum page count for a hardback book is 800 pages. If your book is more than 800 pages, please contact us for a tailor-made quote.
Inner Paper
Please select your paper choice for your internal pages from the dropdown menu. If you have a special request not listed here, get in touch. We’ll do everything possible to satisfy your needs.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Binding
We use high-quality sewn hardcover binding which gives a “square” printable spine.
hardcover binding
hardcover wire-o binding
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Jackets, Wraps, and Covers for Hardcover Books

Dust Jacket Covers

The so-called “dust jacket” is the most common and practical way of covering a hardcover book. Used alone or combined with image-wrapping, it finishes your book with a professional touch while adding five printable surfaces—front, back, spine, and two inside flaps. We can print it in full color, gloss coat it, matte coat it; emboss, deboss, laminate, and foil stamp it, too, for added effects.

Dust Jacket hardcover book Covers

Image Wrapping Covers

An image-wrapped cover is an economical and innovate option in which we print the text and images straight onto the cover material and laminated with a protective coating. We consider the book being “wrapped” in print. It provides a stunning display on any bookshelf while keeping your costs down. We can add all the fancy extras you like such as embossing, debossing, foil stamping, UV spot coating and more. You’ll have seen this style of cover used on any of the popular “annuals” which are issued each year on the run up to the holidays.

Image Wrapping hardcover book Covers

Cloth Covers

Besides printed paper covers and image-wrapping, at QinPrinting we offer traditional cloth covers in a vast range of colors. We source only the finest fabrics for our coverings and provide a superb choice of textures from ruggedly rustic to surprisingly smooth. We’re happy to mail you samples on request—just ask—but so you can get an immediate idea of the possibilities, here’s a helpful picture chart showing an array of our available fabrics:

Fabric-5119
Fabric-5119
Fabric-5403
Fabric-5403
Fabric-5409
Fabric-5409
Fabric-5531
Fabric-5531
Fabric-5529
Fabric-5529
Fabric-5411
Fabric-5411
Fabric-5402
Fabric-5402
Fabric-5135
Fabric-5135
Fabric-5111
Fabric-5111
Fabric-5413
Fabric-5413
Fabric-5103
Fabric-5103
Fabric-5206
Fabric-5206
Fabric-5425
Fabric-5425
Fabric-5515
Fabric-5515
Fabric-5219
Fabric-5219
Fabric-5139
Fabric-5139
Fabric-5213
Fabric-5213
Fabric-5522
Fabric-5522
Fabric-5104
Fabric-5104
Fabric-5526
Fabric-5526

While we can’t print your image directly onto the fabric cover — no-one can, that option just doesn’t exist for material reasons! — what we can do is deboss (mechanically impress) a specific area to mount a printed image onto the cover. We can also add copper, bronze, silver, or gold foil stamping and debossed custom logos or text. So even without direct printing, your fabric cover becomes something very special.

Cloth hardcover book Covers

Vinyl and Padded Vinyl Covers

We can cover your hard bound book with colored vinyl. It’s an unusual option but we like to satisfy all our clients’ needs wherever possible. Vinyl is a synthetic material which is pliable and waterproof. For hardcovers, we apply the vinyl sheets directly to the casing. We can also stuff the covers with other materials to give a padded effect. Please talk to us via the telephone, email, or Skype if you would like to use vinyl to complete your hardcover book and we will be delighted to walk you through your options.

Vinyl cover

Imitation Leather and Padded Imitation Leather Covers

We also offer imitation leather and padded imitation leather covers for books which need a traditional, superior, and luxury treatment. 

DF01-5
DF01-5
DF02-9
DF02-9
DF02-10
DF02-10
DF02-12
DF02-12
Y28-5
Y28-5
Y61-3
Y61-3
Y66-8
Y66-8
Y82-11
Y82-11
Y82-7
Y82-7
Y28-4
Y28-4
Y61-8
Y61-8
Y82-3
Y82-3

 The imitation leather is cruelty-free and very realistic. It has a similar appearance to traditional vellum and calfskin products. We can apply skilled decorative techniques such as tooling and carving, gold leaf, embossing, “dentelle” and “pebbling”. You may choose to have your hardcover book fully or partially imitation leather bound. With a partial imitation leather-bound book, we can make the remainder of marbled paper, high-quality cloth, or a soft touch laminated paper, for example. As this is specialist work and rather exclusive, please contact us and one of our binding experts will be happy to discuss your needs.

Slipcases

Slipcases are a fantastic way to add class, style, and extra protection to your hardcover books. They are made of stiff card stock like a box, but tailored to the size of your book, with one side left open so that when the book is inserted, only the sine is revealed. They can be made to house one or more books. We can cover the card stock with printed paper, cloth, vinyl, or leatherette as you prefer. The slipcase can be printed, embossed, debossed, gilded, and foil stamped, too.

We like to make it easy for you to design your hardcover book. So, you can use one of our ready-made design templates for the interiors and covers if you wish. And ask us for paper, linen, and treatment samples. We’ll drop them to you in the mail. The samples are free, so you need only pay the mailing charges.

slip case with sliver stamping
Slipcase with Sliver Foil Stamping
slip case with gold stamping
Wine Burgundy Cloth Slipcase with Gold Foil Stamping
slip case with gold stamping
Black Cloth Slipcase with Gold Foil Stamping

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Binding for Hardcover Books

By default, we recommend “sewn hardcover” binding rather than the simple glue-only binding which other printing services offer. Sewn hardcovers give a vastly superior result both aesthetically and practically with a negligible difference in cost. Your choice will depend on your budget, the style and length of your book, and other factors, of course. But this hardcover binding option achieves high-end results which always impress. You can open a sewn binding flat with no damage to the spine, too, which makes it ideal for appreciative browsing and repeat reading.

How We Make Sewn Hardcover Binding

In this binding, we organize the interior pages into “signatures” which are then printed, cut, and sewn, and glued into a hard casing covered with cloth or paper and then a printed sheet which forms the cover. Sewn hardcover binding is the most resilient and professional-looking, especially if you add special treatments such as embossed titles, debossed titles, soft touch lamination, gilt edges in gold, black and other colors, and metallic foil stamping; or a custom-made printed dust jacket, a slipcase, marker ribbons, and sewn decorative headbands.

Foil Stamping Color Chart

Hardcover book printing lends itself to customization with added features, such as metallic foil stamping. Using a special mold, heat, and pressure, we can apply a stunning metallic foil to a range of cover elements, including titles, author names, and logos. While the most popular foils are gold, silver, and bronze, we offer a comprehensive range of color options, as you can see in the chart below.

Gold foil
Gold foil
Silver foil
Silver foil
foil stamping color P92-2
White foil
Black foil
Black foil
Green foil
Green foil
Red foil
Red foil
Blue foil
Blue foil
Holographic foil
Holographic foil

Gilded Edge Color Chart

For a touch of class, why not add gilded edges to your pages? Gilding is a simple and affordable technique which achieves impressive results, giving your book a sophisticated look. 

black
Black gilded edges
gold
Gold gilded edges

Custom Hardcover Book Printing Costs

At QinPrinting, we help self-published authors, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, artists and photographers to print custom hardcover books of unparalleled quality every day. But we believe you shouldn’t need to max out your credit card or re-mortgage your home to pay for a top-quality hardcover edition of your book. That’s why we continually review our work processes to make sure we always deliver exceptional quality books at the most competitive prices you’ll find anywhere in the industry. And that’s our unequivocal promise.

But don’t take it on faith. You can get an immediate estimate of how much it will cost to print your custom hardcover book with our at-a-glance pricing chart. Unlike most exclusive offset book printing services — which demand a minimum print order of 500 or even 1,000 books — we offer a minimum order quantity (MOQ) of just 100 copies and still with a competitive price advantage. But as you’ll see from the charts, the more copies you order in a single run, the less you pay per copy.

Hardcover Book Printing Prices Chart (8.5” x 11”)

All prices listed in USD

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs
Page count
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
32pp
$6.92
$692
$1.94
$972
$1.49
$1,487
$1.33
$2,657
$1.19
$5,965
64pp
$9.63
$963
$2.67
$1,337
$1.96
$1,961
$1.67
$3,345
$1.45
$7,240
128pp
$15.05
$1,505
$4.18
$2,089
$2.93
$2,933
$2.37
$4,745
$1.95
$9,763
256pp
$25.91
$2,591
$7.21
$3,604
$4.83
$4,828
$3.76
$7,521
$2.97
$14,837
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • Cover: 157 gsm / 58 lb coated cover paper with matte lamination wrapped on 2.5 mm thickness greybeard
  • End sheets: 140 gsm / 95 lb uncoated text paper, blank
  • Inner: 128 gsm / 86 lb coated text paper
  • Cover and inner: full color printing

For a more detailed estimate, try our easy and convenient online Printing Cost Calculator. Just follow the link, drop in your information, and get an instant quote! If you have questions about any aspect of hardcover book printing, get in touch and one of our polite, knowledgeable, in-house experts will be delighted to help.

Custom Hardcover Paper Options

If your hardcover book features colorful illustrations, cartoons, colored diagrams, graphs, photographs and other graphic work, we recommend printing on gloss or matte art paper to get the best results. Gloss and matte both have ideal surfaces for vibrant color and black-and-white printing that will make your artwork, graphics, photos, and illustrations really ‘pop’. Gloss paper is often best for books with full-color spreads, lots of photography or illustrations and less text, whereas books with more text and fewer illustrations may benefit from matte paper. Matte paper will still give superlative image reproduction while rendering the text easier to read.

If your hardcover edition is text-only or includes only a few black-and-white tables, simple grayscale illustrations, and line diagrams, we suggest an uncoated offset paper stock. Offset paper — also known as uncoated wood-free paper or UWF — has the lignin extracted during the pulping process. The result is a natural-looking, absorbent white paper with a good balance of strength, opacity, and brightness, which makes it ideal for interior text.

You’ll need to specify at least two kinds of paper for your custom hardcover book: one for the interior pages and one for the cover. You may also wish to include end papers, which could be the same paper as the interior, or you can choose something different; a heavier, colored or textured paper, for example, maybe an excellent choice. Endpapers not only elevate the quality of your book at negligible extra cost; they provide an ideal space for autographing and adding personal dedications to copies of your book.

Paper Stock for Hardcover Books

Whether you choose sewn hardcover binding—a style of high-end hardcover which can lay flat with the pages open without breaking the spine—or a standard hardcover, we recommend the following papers and coatings for clear text, quality reproduction, and good durability.

Hardcover Casing Paper

Slipcase

Dust Jacket

End Sheet Paper

Interior Paper

Custom Hardcover Book Design and Artwork Tips

Artwork and photography are often components of high-end hardcover books, along with beautifully formatted typography, decorative dividers, and other flourishes. Whether you’re preparing your own text, artwork, and layouts or commissioning a professional designer to handle the technical work for you, it’s important to understand how to prepare the finished digital files for printing. You’ll need to allow for bleed zones, safety areas, trim lines, and borders, for example, and make sure that the resolution and the color space are correct besides accounting for the specific requirements for your image wrapping, dust jacket or other cover design. 

With that in mind, here are a few useful tips to help you when you’re preparing your files for the printer.

PDF

Export your files as vectors in PDF format for the best results. Our recommended software options for hardcover book design are Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign. These will also allow you to convert your color space from RGB to CMYK which you will need to do for offset printing.

300dpi

If you can’t deliver vectors — say, if you’re exporting bitmaps from Photoshop — then make sure the resolution is 300 DPI. With vectors, you needn’t worry about resolution, but all other images must have a high definition to tolerate resizing without becoming fuzzy and “pixilated”.

3 mm bleed zone

You’ll need to add a “bleed zone” of 3 mm / 0.125″ around all your image pages. A bleed is an extended zone at the periphery of your photo, which falls outside the area that your finished page will cover. Once we’ve printed your pages, we’ll cut them to the exact size needed for your hardcover book format. This “bit extra” gets cut off and makes sure that the finished image fills the page with none of it being lost. You should mark bleed zones as red lines.

trim line 10mm

Inside your bleed zone, don’t forget to mark the “trim lines”. These will define the final dimensions of the finished page, with or without images. Make sure that any necessary elements of your page stop at least 10 mm / 0.394″ short of the trim line.

along the center crease

If a photograph or artwork crosses over two pages in a “spread” make sure that nothing essential—like the subject’s face or other important details—lie along the center crease.

Check

Check all your formatting is consistent throughout the document—fonts and font sizes, drop capitals, dividers, pagination, borders, margins, chapter headings, page breaks, and so on.

hardcover book cover

Remember that with all hard bound books, the cover is larger than the pages and needs a minimum 23 mm / 0.906″ bleed to allow for wrapping the board.

dust jacket

When designing your dust jacket, allow for the spine width—which we calculate based on the number of pages and the weight of the paper—and the two interior flaps.

If you’re working with a professional designer to create your files, they should understand what’s needed to make everything “print ready”. But if you’re working with design software yourself for the first time, these are the vital tips to remember before you submit your files. The responsibility for sending “print ready” files rests with you. But please don’t worry! We’ll be happy to “hold your hand” through the process, explain what’s needed, liaise with your designer, and manually check everything ourselves to make sure it all goes smoothly and you end up with a perfect print of your custom hardcover book.

To learn more about preparing your photographs, text, and layout for printing, please check out our Pre-press Artwork information page. And you can pick up the phone and talk to us at any stage. You’ll talk to a genuine print expert—not a robot or a clueless call center operator!

Let’s Talk!

Designing and printing an exclusive, high-end hardcover book either as a premium addition to your self-publishing strategy or as an independent business proposal, is always a satisfying creative project which adds immense value to your portfolio of published work. Get in touch today to chat through your hardcover book printing needs or to ask for a no-obligation quote. We can’t wait to help you make your custom hardcover book the most beautiful yet!

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