Step 3: Prepare Your Cover

Your cover is important to your book’s success. Good design motivates sales. An effective title, striking graphics, and interesting colors all contribute to an attractive cover. We offer 3 options to help you create the perfect cover, and you'll always receive a FREE cover proof for your approval. Printing text on the spine of perfect-bound books requires 90 minimum pages.

All paperback covers are printed on heavy, durable cover stock and include FREE UV coating to add durability and improve color brilliance. For even more durability, choose plastic lamination for an extra charge.

Note: Full-color hardcover books include FREE full-color front and back cover printing and linen-finish plastic lamination.

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Step 4: Determine Technical Details >

1Press-Ready Covers

Press-Ready Covers

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Create your own cover or work with a designer to submit a custom cover. Send it press-ready using our specifications from Submitting a Press-Ready Cover (PDF).

If you are publishing a full-color hardcover book, download our Press-Ready Hardcover Guide (PDF) for cover specifications.

2Cover Design Assistance

Cover Design Assistance

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If you prefer a custom cover but need help, our design team offers cover design assistance and many options to help you create an eye-catching cover. Cover designs can be in one-, multiple-, or full-color and can include photos, line drawings, paintings, or other artwork.

3FREE Full-Color Stock Covers

FREE Full-Color Stock Cover

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We offer a variety of beautiful FREE full-color stock covers you may use with 5 ½" x 8 ½" paperback covers using perfect binding, plastic coil binding, or plastic comb binding.

Note: Not available for full-color hardcover books or 8½" x 11" paperback books.

Cover Printing Charges

A FREE cover starts with white cover stock and is printed with any one in-house ink. Multiple inks (2 or more in-house inks), full-color printing, special order PMS, metallic gold, metallic silver, or foil stamping are an additional charge. (Note: Full-color hardcover books include FREE full-color front and back cover printing.)

Custom Back Covers

The back cover is an important part of your book. It serves as a mini-billboard, encouraging sales. Consider including the book’s description, benefits, reviews, testimonials, author information and photo, and technical features such as ISBN, bar code, and price. The back cover will be printed in the same ink colors as selected for the front cover at no extra charge. However, if you use any additional ink colors (not on the front cover), additional charges may apply. The back cover can be printed in full-color if the front cover is also printed in full-color.