Paperback vs Hardback Book Printing

When you are trying to get your book to the printing stage there are so many different things you need to think about. You will be faced with lots of decisions about the look, design and feel of your book. One of the decisions you will have to make is whether you want your book to be paperback or hardback. It can be difficult to make this decision unless you know much about the book industry and why authors choose one style over the other. When it comes to making your decision there is no right or wrong answer, you just need to select what is most relevant to you and your book. Here is some information on paperback vs hardback to help you make your choice.

Paperbacks are a type of book that can be defined by their paper or cardboard cover. They are a lot lighter than hardbacks and have a more flexible feel. The paper is normally held together by glue. Hardback books are bound together using more expensive materials such as cardboard covered with cloth. The best way to see which type of book you prefer is to go into a shop and feel different paperback and hardback books. You will probably prefer the feel of one of them or feel that one is more suited to the content of your book.

Another thing you need to factor into your decision, especially if you are self publishing is cost. In general hardbacks are much more expensive than paperbacks. This is because they are much more difficult to produce and creating them takes longer. Book printing companies will usually charge a lot less for paperback books. Do you have the budget for a hardback cover? Can you justify spending extra money on having a hardback over a paperback? These are questions you need to ask yourself.

Which type you choose also hugely depends on the nature of your book. Will your book be used often and does it need to last a long time? Hardbacks are normally much more durable and will last longer, so they work quite well for important books such as text books or study books. Also, books that are much longer in length sometimes tend to be hardback, because it takes the person longer to read the book needs to be reliable and last longer. People often have issues with paperbacks, because the pages are glued together they sometimes fall out of some books. This can be very frustrating for the reader. Hardback books are bound together and are less likely to fall apart. It does also depend on the quality of the materials you choose and if you have selected a high quality printing company.

Hardbacks aren’t always easy to carry around with you. If you think your readers might want to read your book on the go then paperback might be a better option. Hardbacks tend to be heavier and are more difficult to hold for long periods.

Some authors like to release the initial versions of their book in hardback because it looks more prestigious. People who like to collect books will often look out for the hardback version and keep that as their original copy. Then after a while you can release your book in paperback, perhaps with a slightly different design.

The genre of your book also has a huge influence on whether it should be hardback or paperback. Do a bit of research into similar books in your genre to determine which format seems to be the most popular.


Kiri is an expert in the self publishing field having self published a number of titles. She recommends Book Printing Direct for your digital print media needs.

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