Describing the Makeup of Cloth Hardcover Book Printing and Binding

cloth hardcover binding

Cloth and Hardcover Binding

Knowing the specifications of a cloth cover book, which is the same makeup of a hardcover book, is essential to receive true pricing.  When contacting a hardcover book printer, you should know the elements of what you want your book to look like to receive accurate quotes.  Cloth cover bound books can be created as a coffee table book, novel, artistic book, photography book, and many other book styles.

Below is a list, along with a diagram to explain the binding components of a hardcover book:

  • Book Block/Interior Text/Guts – Confirm the interior paper weights, ink coverage inside the book and the type of paper requested.
  • End papers/End sheets – The end papers are connected to the case or board. These papers are either a wood free paper or opaque. You have options to print 4 color process, 1 pantone color, or black.  Typically, designers prefer an illustration or solid colors.
  • Mesh/Mull – You will not see this material inside the book – this is a reinforcement material. There are no special details to provide to the book printer.
  • Case – The case is the front and back cover boards, which the cloth is wrapped and glued down upon.
  • Cloth – There are many styles of cloth covers – linen, statin, and texture, along with an array of colors to choose. Your printer should send you a swatch book to choose.
  • Head and Tail Bands – Little strips of cloth glued and attached to the spine edges, top, and bottom of the book block. Bands are decorations, so they do not add any strength to the binding fundamentals.
  • Spine/backbone – The core of the book, and consists of glue and thread which centers the book block. 

Cloth hardcover book printing with PRC Book Printing:

There are several options to add to cloth cover bound books, including the option of foil stamping.  Standard stamping is on the front cover and spine.  You can extend the stamping to the back cover as well if requested. Both front, back, and spine stamps are created on one plate, as long it’s the same color foil. PRC recommends debossing so that the foil won’t flake off after time. Dust jackets are wrapped around the cloth cover to provide further information regarding the interior of the book, author information, and to add the barcode.

PRC Book Printing has been servicing the cloth cover book printing industry for over 11 years. Our representatives will work you through the book dimensions, paper, cloth options, and balance of materials to be sure you receive transparent pricing.  PRC Book Printing offers cloth cover book printing services and competitive pricing, starting at a quantity of 500 books. Please call us at 888.639.8320 or email us at

Contact Us / Request A Quote

Contact Sidebar

Related Posts

How To Bind A Book

Bookbinding styles range from simple to more complex. Options for self-binding include taping the book, binding it with string or ribbon, gluing it,...

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...

Custom Book Printing

Dimensions for Custom Book Printing The main question asked from Self-Publishers, authors and designers, “What is a standard book size?” ...

General Info

Business Hours

M-F: 8am – 5pm
Weekends: Closed


Related Posts

What Is Paper Opacity?

What Is Paper Opacity?

Many people think that once a book is written or illustrated, all the hard work is over. But there's much more that goes into the creation of a book. Between a piece of paper's weight, texture, brightness, and opacity, it's a lot to learn! If you're just beginning...

Embossing vs. Debossing: The Differences Explained

Embossing vs. Debossing: The Differences Explained

Have you ever run your hands over the top of your credit card and felt those ridges of numbers? Those ridged numbers were created with a technique called embossing. Or perhaps you've picked up a paperback book and felt imprinted lettering on the front cover. Those...

Hardcover vs Board Book: Which ShouldYou Choose?

Hardcover vs Board Book: Which Should
You Choose?

Every self-proclaimed bookworm has had the age-old debate: paperback or hardcover? This small distinction between reading material preferences has divided readers for years, and in recent years, other strong contenders have entered the ring. Between eBooks,...