Hardcover Book Printing: A Step-by-Step Guide

With so much entertainment going digital, you may be surprised to learn that books haven’t become completely screen-based yet. Why is this the case?

For many readers, the tactile pleasure of holding printed paper is irreplaceable, and a shelf full of hardcover books can be a joy in and of itself. For authors looking to put their own books in readers’ hands, hardcover book printing can be an ideal option.

Here is everything you need to know about hardcover book printing — from concept to shelf.

How to Make a Hardcover Book

Custom hardcover book printing is an excellent way to bring your novel or reference book to life. At Print Bind Ship, we handle every step of the process to create a hardcover, hardback or case-bound book you can be proud of. 

Making a hardcover book with Print Bind Ship involves the following key steps. 

1. Determine the Size and Format of Your Book

Consider pictures and text size. Popular hardback book sizes are 9” x 6” and 11” x 8.5”, though just about any custom size is possible. 

2. Choose the Paper Type and Weight

Thick, heavy pages give your book a feeling of permanence and luxury, but you also need to consider overall weight and how thick you want your book to be. Very thin pages can be transparent in the right light and can maximize space.

3. Design the Cover

You can design it yourself, commission an artist to create it or discuss design options with us. Your cover serves as the first impression readers receive of your book, so make sure to design it carefully.

4. Determine the Binding Method

Part of printing the perfect book is choosing the correct binding. Print Bind Ship offers a range of options, including case binding, sewn binding and perfect binding. We can help you choose the right method for your needs.

5. Proofread and Make Revisions

No author wants to release a book to their readers only to find out it’s riddled with typos. Proofread your book thoroughly. It also pays to hire a proofreader.

6. Choose a Printing Company

When searching for a hardback book printing company, read reviews and author forums. Ensure the printer can handle your book’s specifications. 

Print Bind Ship has a reputation for providing top-quality printing and binding services for authors just like you worldwide.

7. Submit Your Files for Printing

Make sure your files adhere to the printer’s specifications. Once your files are finalized and formatted correctly, you can send them to the printer to begin the printing process.

8. Receive and Distribute the Finished Book

After the printing is done, you can have your books shipped to you or stored in Print Bind Ship’s warehouses. Alternatively, you can have your book printed on demand to avoid keeping inventory. 

As for advertising your book, use social media, invest in ads and send news releases. You can also connect on forums and participate in speaking engagements and signings. Spread the word so that potential customers know where they can purchase your book.

Why Choose Hardcover Book Printing?

Hardcover book printing has many benefits, including:


Hardcover books are resilient and durable. Thanks to their stronger materials and thicker paper compared to paperback books, they can withstand years of page flipping and shuffling around on shelves.


The solid cover provides excellent protection for the pages from rough handling as well as from dust and adverse environmental conditions. 

Aesthetic Appeal

Shelves of hardcover books look stately and lavish. They can incorporate exquisite designs and demonstrate real craftsmanship. If you’re releasing a series, you can even create an image that is only complete once all the books are resting in a row.

Better Reading Experience

Hardcover book printing is still popular because the final product gives a feeling that there’s something substantial in your hands. Hardback books also lie flat easily, further enhancing the reading experience.


Hardcovers are often preferred by book collectors and enthusiasts because they tend to be more rare and valuable. And because their value can increase over time, hardcover books feature greater investment potential. 

Factors Affecting the Cost of Hardcover Book Printing

If you’re ready to print hardcover books of your own, you may be curious about the cost. There are several factors that affect how much your hardcover book printing will cost.

Quantity and Size of the Book

Smaller books will generally cost less, and larger books will be more expensive. Similarly, greater quantities yield higher prices. On-demand printing can be a great money-saving option.

Print Bind Ship can work with you to determine the size and quantity that is right for both your book and your budget. 

Finishing Option

Want to give your hardcover book extra flair? You can select foil stamping or embossing to create a cover with a pleasing texture and reflective qualities.

Cover Material

Cloth and leather are popular choices of cover material. You can also opt for a dust jacket for an added layer of protection.

Choose PBS Custom Hardcover Book Printing

If you’ve always imagined having your book on a shelf next to other beautiful hardcover books, Print Bind Ship can make your dream come true. As experts in hardcover book printing, we can take care of every step of the process for you and create custom hardcover books you love to share. 

Contact Print Bind Ship to get started on printing your own hardcover book today!


What is the difference between hardcover and paperback book printing?

Hardcover books are made with sturdier materials, such as durable cardboard covers and spines with glued or sewn-in pages. On the other hand, paperbacks tend to be glued together and come with weaker cardboard covers.

Why should I choose hardcover book printing over other printing options?

If you want your book to withstand years of handling and environmental exposure, you’ll want to go with hardcover printing. Hardcover books also offer a more luxurious, upscale appearance.

Can I include full-color images in my hardcover book?

Yes. Hardcover books can have full-color images on interior pages and on the cover itself.