A hardcover, hardback, or hardbound is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with printed, cloth, heavy paper, buckram, or occasionally leather). They may have flexible, sewn spines which allow the book to lie flat on a surface when opened, or have glued spines.
Hardcover books are often printed on acid-free paper, and are much more durable than paperbacks, which have flexible, easily damaged paper covers. Hardcover books are also marginally more costly to manufacture and are usually much more expensive. Hardcovers frequently come with artistic dust jackets, but a “jacketless” alternative is becoming increasingly popular: these “paper-over-board” or “jacketless hardcover” bindings forgo the dust jacket in favour of printing the cover design directly onto the board binding
The hard cover format is the best format for long lasting and good looking books. At CTP we produce coffee table books, map and guide books, leisure books and special interest books, in hard cover binding configuration with a variety of specialised cover finishes. CTP Printers has a number of finishing options, we can satisfy the most complex requests: round or square backs, half or quarter binding, printed paper cases or jackets; with or without ribbons, head and tail bands, or with sprayed edges.
We produce over 5 million books in this category each year.