Printed, laminated covers are very popular with our edition customers. When designing your cover art, it is important to know what spine type and binding method will be employed to make your book. Those factors can affect how the artwork fits on the hardcover. Houchen Bindery Ltd. can print and film laminate your hard cover book using 100 lb gloss text with a choice of Gloss Film Lamination or Soft Touch Matte. We also have a special gloss film lamination with a linen texture. This is sometimes requested on children’s books and textbooks.
Please review our guidelines and information about paper grain direction, and how to prepare materials to be supplied to us for lamination. View Edition Binding Graphic Cover for further information about our selection of spine styles available and templates to help create your own cover.
This method uses a thin cardstock spine strip, equal to the thickness of the text bulk. This is often used on thicker books with jackets and textbooks. It creates a more “shouldered look,” as the spine is narrower than the front and back case boards.
Soft strip spine styles can be used on books bound with the following methods: Ultrabind, Oversew, Case Perfect, and Smythe Sewn.
A Hard Strip is made from material that is the same thickness as the front and back case boards, but the spine width is slightly narrower than the text bulk. This will create a book with “shoulders” on the front and back case boards also.
Hard strip spine styles can be used with the following binding methods: Ultrabind, Oversew, and Case Perfect.
Hard Spine/Square Back
A Hard Spine/Square Back cover also uses a spine strip which is of the same weight board as the front and back case boards, but the spine is made 3/16″ wider than the text bulk. This creates a “square” look. It is often used on thin cased children’s books, trade editions, and nearly all side sewn books without jackets.
Hard Strip/Square Back spine style can be used with the following binding methods: Side-Sewn, Ultrabind, Oversew, and Case Perfect.
Download Side-Sewn Hard Spine/Square Back cover template (minimum thickness)
Rounded back books must be at least 1/2″ thick and will always be made with a soft spine. The rounding machine creates a slight curvature in the spine edge allowing a thicker book to have better open-ability.