Hardcover or softcover

When you want to print a book, you have to choose between hardcover or softcover

If you want to have a book printed, at some point you will be faced with the decision of which type of binding to use. Mostly you have to choose between Hardcover and Softcover decide. Hardcover and softcover have different advantages and disadvantages and differ from each other in quality and price. The following overview should support you in the choice of the suitable book binding.

Which arguments speak for a hardcover book and which for a softcover book?

Hardcover books

Hardcover books, as the name suggests, are characterized by a hard cover, usually made of strong cardboard or paperboard. The cover is not firmly attached to the spine, so that a hollow space is visible when the book is opened. Head and foot of the book block spine are often equipped with so-called capital bands. Hardcover books often come with a dust jacket to protect the book from dirt and damage.

The cover and book block are produced in different operations. Then they are put together. The book covers are produced in the industrial book production on a cover machine. The book block is then inserted into the finished cover.

Nowadays, the cheaper adhesive binding is often used as binding when the book block is to be connected. Black printers use the higher quality thread binding.

Hardcover books are perfect for those who want to make an impression and have their books embossed for example. Coupled with a noble feel, it is "the professional" among bindings and therefore particularly popular for timeless books.

Hardcover – advantages and disadvantages

  • Hardcovers are long-lasting
  • High quality and professional impression
  • Heavier and more unwieldy than softcover
  • More expensive than softcover

Softcover books

Soft covers, or booklets, are called books that have a flexible cardboard cover. The cover is usually printed with both the title and a color image. Here the cover can be printed on both sides.

The softcover binding is an adhesive binding that comes close to the quality of a hardcover. Also known as paperback binding, it is ideal for paperbacks, brochures or your own memories that need to be beautifully recorded. A cover with matte or glossy protective film includes an inner section for which different types of paper can be used.

With the softcover book you can design the cover in a modern and individual way. Completely according to your ideas and suitable for the respective content.

Softcover – advantages and disadvantages

  • Affordable alternative to the hardcover
  • Light, but also unstable
  • Practical for books that are read on the go
  • Signs of use appear quickly with frequent use

Softcover book or hardcover book – who wins?

Hardcover books leave a higher quality impression than softcover books and are therefore primarily used for new releases. They make up about forty percent of all publishers’ available titles and are priced higher.

If you want to have a book printed with longevity, a Hardcover book the right choice.

The Softcover book is particularly suitable for all, which would like to let print a book as favorably as possible.

"So test who binds himself eternally" one could still note at this point. Schiller has always known.

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