How to choose a dust jacket for your book
With the advancement of printing technology, the options available for dust jackets are more beautiful, comprehensive, and varied than ever before. So, you’re no longer limited to simply foil stamping on the exterior of a hardcover book -- you can get as creative as you’d like with dust jackets!
When choosing a dust jacket, consider the following about your book’s cover:
- Your budget
- Your book's finished size
- Your chosen binding style
These considerations will affect the size and design of your finished book dust jacket, which can impact the pricing and final look.
For example, if you’re choosing a budget-minded dust jacket, your book should be less than 6” x 9” finished size (see pricing table below).
Designing your book’s dust jacket
Next, it’s time to plan the design of your book’s dust jacket. For example, will you match or coordinate with the underlying cover beneath the dust jacket, on the book itself?
Here are some considerations when designing your book dust jacket:
- The style of your book
- The book cover choice (gloss text/paper, cloth, or leather)
- Your design elements (typography, photography, color)
- Number of pages
- Paper type