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How to Make Your Hardcover Book More Visually Appealing

The most eye-catching books tend to sell better, so here is how to make sure your hardcover book is as visually appealing as possible.

Congratulations! Your book has entered its final production phase. But once you have decided to choose a hardcover book, how can you make it more attractive? Hardcover books are also known as hardback books, and these books are renowned for how durable they are, and how they make fantastic gifts. The most eye-catching books tend to sell better, so here is how to make sure your hardcover book is as visually appealing as possible.  

Using Headbands

Headbands are an integral element of the book’s spine. In the past, headbands were a crucial component of binding the hardcover book successfully. The book and the groups of pages within it, called sigs or signatures, needed small pieces of cloth or silk to hold them in place. The headbands would be added to both the top and the bottom of the book spine.

Now, however, headbands are used to decorate a hardcover book. Their purpose isn’t to hold the book together so much as it is to help the book stand out on a crowded bookstore shelf. Using headbands can add a touch of class and sophistication that other books might not be able to achieve without them. It’s a small change that can make a large difference.

Selecting Three Piece Boards

Three piece boards were once three separate pieces, hence the name. But these three piece boards can be combined into one seamless board underneath the book’s dust jacket. Did you know that the spine and part of the front and back cover are all made from the same material? The remaining portions of the front and back cover are attached later to form the full three piece board.

Foil Stamping a Hardcover Book

Another fabulous choice for making your hardcover book more attractive is to choose foil stamping. While stamping and foil stamping can be used to increase the beauty of many other types of book, foil stamping is especially pleasing on a hardcover book. This technique is achieved by a machine stamping letters, symbols, and emblems into the spine or the front cover of a particular book. When the book doesn’t have an outer book jacket to protect it and draw the eye of a potential reader, a foil-stamped cover can do the trick.

Choosing Ribbon Inserts

By selecting ribbon inserts, you can also make your book more appealing. Ribbon inserts are another possible addition to the book’s spine. These ribbons are meant to be bookmarks; although they are primarily found on reference books and journals, you can also include them in your next novel or custom photo book.

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