Our Linen Hardcover books represent the best short-run books available. Every cover is handmade to order, so they fit your book’s contents correctly. We stock over 30 fine linen options and are happy to order you custom material if needed. Decoration options include foil stamping, dust jackets, inset images, and more.
Specifications and Limitations
minimum of 30 pages
maximum of 700 pages
Perfect Bound with PUR adhesive
Any trim size from 4” x 4” to 14”w x 12”h (in 0.25” increments)
Our books are printed on high quality papers made by trusted and environmentally responsible American paper mills. We have chosen papers from Neenah, Mohawk, and Domtar which print beautifully on our presses and help to create strong and reliable bound books. Many of the papers we use are manufactured using renewable energy, and all are FSC certified.
Super Smooth Uncoated
This paper is best for art, photography and illustration books. The super smooth surface and bright white base allow for the most accurate and vivid color reproduction. If you have many images in your books, this is likely the best paper for your book. We stock this paper in three weights, and the page count of your book will dictate which weight will be used. In this stock we carry 65lb cover weight (176gsm), 100lb text weight (148gsm), and 80lb text weight (120gsm).
Bright White Uncoated Text
We suggest using this paper for books which are primarily text, such as poetry, fiction and memoirs. This paper is slightly rougher and toothier than our photo & art paper described above. Color images still print very nicely on this stock, though it feels more appropriate for text based books. We stock this paper in 80lb text weight (120gsm), though lighter weights are available for books with high page counts.
Natural Tone Uncoated Text
This paper is identical to the paper described above, but with a pleasing warm white color. Natural tone papers are considered to be easier on the eyes than bright white papers, and are frequently used for poetry books, novels, and any other text based book which does not contain many, if any images. Color images will not print accurately on this stock as the paper base is not a true white. We stock this paper in 80lb text weight (120gsm), though lighter weights are available for books with high page counts.
Bright White Uncoated Vellum
We have added this luxurious vellum paper to our line in response to our customers request to have a more toothy paper for their books. This is a bright white paper with good opacity and thickness. The vellum surface texture appears slightly more matte than the super smooth uncoated stock. Color images print well on this paper, though blacks will not print quite as dark as they would on the Super Smooth Uncoated described above. We stock this paper in 80lb text weight (120gsm) only.
All hardcover books have endpapers. Their function is to hold the bound book block into the cover. One side of the sheet is glued onto the inside of the cover, while the other is bound to the book block. These sheets are effectively the first and last sheets in your book. We currently stock black, light gray, white and off-white endpapers
Linen and Book Cloth
We stock 36 different colors from the Verona, Arrestox, Pearl Linen and Silktouch book cloth lines. These are some of the highest quality materials available, and are suitable for fine art and collectible books of all sorts. We are happy to review you cover design to help determine which cover material is best for your book. If you are interested in ordering a custom color or material, additional options may be available. Custom materials will add cost to smaller orders. Additional material options can be viewed on our primary supplier's website, LBS Bind. For more information on custom options and pricing, please contact us directly
Verona is a high quality, fine linen. It is our most popular cover material due to its natural textured linen surface. Verona foil stamps well, however very large or intricate foil designs will print better on the Arrestox or Pearl Linen materials below.
Arrestox B-Cloth is an aqueous impregnated book cloth with a linen texture. It is very strong with great durability. It takes foil stamping very well and wipes off easily if dirty. We recommend using Arrestox or Pearl Linen for best foil stamping results. Elaborate and large foil stamping designs may require the use of Arrestox or Pearl Linen.
Pearl Linen has a light water-based coating which takes foil stamping very well and wipes off easily if dirty. We recommend using Arrestox or Pearl Linen for best foil stamping results. Elaborate and large foil stamping designs may require the use of Arrestox or Pearl Linen.
Advantage 9 is an acrylic-coated paper with goat embossing. It has the visual appearance of a matte leather material and foil stamps beautifully.
Excess Cover Materials
Below is a list of excess material we have in stock at this time. You’re welcome to contact us with questions or to request that we mail you a sample swatch if you’re interested in using something you see below. When filling out the order form, choose ‘other’ from the linen color menu, and explain your choice in the notes provided on that page. Please note that we have very limited amounts of these materials, and may not have enough for larger orders.
Our hardcover books are truly custom made, no preset sizes.
Whether you are designing a family history or an artist's monograph, we are confident we'll be able to decorate your cover beautifully with our comprehensive range of traditional book finishing options. Our linen hardcover books can be foil stamped with your design, wrapped in a full color dust jacket or decorated with a beautifully printed inset image set into your books cover. Visit our specifications page to learn more about finishing options and limitations.
This traditional cover decoration can be added to our linen hardcover books. The process is age-old and involves making a custom copper die from your digital files, heating the die and then pressing an impression into the cover material. Blind embossing is the same process, but without the foil. Foil stamping is a finicky medium, and some foil colors do not stamp well when certain designs are combined with particular book cover materials. If we find that the foil color or finish you have chosen does not stamp well on your book, we will contact you to suggest an alternate option.
Inset Cover Image
For out inset images, we use a metal die to apply 20 tons of pressure in order to create an indented frame for your cover's image. This allows us to safely glue the cover image into the recessed area. Inset images are printed, then either gloss, semi-matte, matte or soft touch matte laminated. The result is both beautiful and functional.
Our dust jackets are printed in full color, then either gloss, semi-matte, matte or soft touch matte laminated. They are creased and trimmed by hand after the book is made in order to ensure proper fit. This classic cover protector is also the best way to add a full color image to your linen book’s cover. The folded flaps on our jackets are generally 4″ wide and can be used for text or imagery.
Custom Finishing Options
We offer a variety of additional custom finishing options. They are considered on a case by case basis, as some of these finishing options cannot be applied to certain book types. For more information, questions and pricing, please contact us directly or see our specifications chart. The additional options for Linen Hardcovers include:
• Custom Printed Endpapers
• Gate Folds
• Vellum Inserts