Custom Book Covers

There are many different printing techniques that can make your books stand out from competition booksellers. We have already discussed custom book printing sizes, so now onto the crucial part of book printing; book covers!

Book Cover Options

There are many different types of ways of displaying your book cover. Some options include printed covers, cloth and linen wraps, or leather and leatherette covers.

For books with custom cloth covers, they should always include a dust jacket with a cover that has four-color imagery. Typically, all information like details of the author and a summary of the book is placed along the flap of the dust cover. A four-color printed cover normally has a perfect binding for all novel material.

Catching the Reader’s Eye

A book cover needs something that can catch the eye of a potential reader when sitting amongst so many other books on a bookshelf.

Especially in novel book printing, the cover is the first thing a potential reader sees. The inside of the novel itself may be an amazing story, but the reader needs to know that through the cover. When designing the cover, it should remain trendy, fresh, and most importantly, attention-grabbing to peak the interest of the consumer.

Choose images and colors that will grab the attention of readers.In this case, assume consumers will judge the book by its cover.  

Book Cover Printing Options

The designer is the most important part of any book cover. They are assigned with the whole design of the cover; doing things like laying out the illustrations or photography.

There are many print options to make a book cover design pop from the basic four-color cover. If the design of the book cover has an element that you want to have a 3D effect, embossing/debossing, spot UV, and foiling may be some good options.

Although it might be slightly expensive, try printing your cover on a Scodix printer. This type of printing press enhances the cover using metallic colors, glitter, and dramatic 3D holographic effects. See this cover image below to see the many effects of using Scodix printers (

PRC Book Printing works closely with clients and designers by setting up files for cover opportunities, as well as advising which techniques offer the most affordable prices for a custom designed book.

Please check out our next blog post on custom book printing three, which will explain interior paper options like coated papers vs. uncoated papers, paper weights, and making your custom book distinctive from competitors. To learn more about custom book printing cover options, contact us at 888.659.8320 or email at

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