How to Create a Coffee Table Book

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How to Create a Coffee Table Book

Coffee table books are high-end books. Often display photography or beautiful artwork. Created by talented artists or photographers. These inspirational books are found in a lounge or, as their name suggests, on a coffee table. When visitors review the books they receive inspiration, especially if they are art or photography lovers, as coffee table books can take the mind to a magical or mystical dream.

Creating a Theme

The coffee table book theme needs to be captivating to grasp a particular audience. Presenting animal photography, illustrations, paintings, outdoor photography and sketches, or similar content, a coffee table book is a collection over a long period of time brought into one publication.  

Layout Design

There are many options for the layout and design of a coffee table book. The first task is to find a layout designer. If you are computer savvy in publishing software and don’t need a designer, the first step is to determine the size of the book.  

Once book size and orientation is determined, the next move is placing the images or photographs across the pages. Always stay consistent when laying out the images throughout the book, along with the text and fonts. Interior text should stay uniform in font style, and it is recommended to use no more than two different styles.

Procedures of Publishing or Self-Publishing

Self-publishing book authors save on operating costs due to the removal of the middle man. Traditional book publishers provide a whole package providing design, marketing, and distribution, but these can come at astronomical costs and minimum returns to the author.

Cost to print a coffee table book

Once the layout for a coffee table book is complete, it is time to move forward to printing the masterpiece.  Decisions need to be made in regard to the type of interior papers: smooth, vellum, or coated. There are several types of paper to choose from.

When binding a coffee table book, you want to provide longevity for the book, so always be sure the books are bound Smyth Sewn. Regarding cover options, cloth cover with stamping on the cover and spine provides a classic look, along with a dust jacket for protection.  Printed covers with special types of print examples include: Spot UV, tip-on images, foils, and more options. Check out the Book Cover Printing Options blog for details about additional book cover options.  

Creating a coffee table book is a large task, with many choices to be made along the way.  PRC Book Printing works with their clients from beginning to the end delivery of your books.  Contact our team today to provide you with extraordinary customer care. Call 888-659-8320 or Email

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