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What are the cover choices for Blurb books?

Zo Silver
posted this on January 7, 2013, 11:25

Blurb offers both hardcover and softcover books with the following specifications.

Please also see our cover and binding info page. There you'll find descriptions and links to short videos showing each cover type.

Softcover - Features durable, perfect binding and 4-color, 10 pt. covers with an overlaminate. Printing is done on the front cover, back cover, and spine. There are no flaps.

Hardcover, Dust Jacket - Includes durable, library binding linen hardcover cases with laminated 4-color dust jackets. Comes in two different cover finish options: Standard Black Linen or ProLine Linen in either Oatmeal or Charcoal.
We do not offer the option to emboss or print on the linen covers underneath our Dust Jackets, but your local bindery or print house might be able to do this for you.

Hardcover, ImageWrap - Allows you to print an image directly on the front and back of any hardcover Blurb book, creating a smooth, sophisticated effect. ImageWrap covers feature a durable matte finish. There are no flaps.

All of our book cover types offer a number of different cover layouts for you to choose from.


Flaps. Dust jacket flaps fold around the edges of a hardcover dust jacket book to protect them. There's space inside the front flap for you to provide a tantalizing summary of your book, and inside the back flap there's room for a brief author bio. Space is limited on these narrow flaps, so you'll want to choose your words and pictures carefully. Flaps are only included in hardcover, dust jacket books.

Back cover. This is a good place to include glowing reviews and testimonials, and possibly a summary of your book. Even if you can't judge a book by its cover, that cover can definitely make a great first impression.

Front cover. The front cover can feature your book title, a subtitle, author name, and images you select (also optional).

Spine. The spine is a great place to include your title and author name, which you can add to any book designed in BookSmart except for softcovers with fewer than 80 pages.

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