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Custom Hardcover Book Printing

June 16, 2021 (Last Updated March 28, 2024)

Marcy G.

Hardcover books are one of the most classic forms of book printing. Giving your self-published book a custom hard cover adds a level of sophistication. Those beautiful hardcovers aren’t just classy, though. A hardcover option gives your book a durability that protects your work for years to come.


Self-Published Hardcover Books

Classic hardcover books are often a work of art. A custom hardcover book makes a great coffee table accent or adds the perfect touch to home or office shelves. You also can add a dust jacket to your hardcover book, which offers both protection and beauty. If you want your book to stand out or be passed down as a family heirloom, hardcover printing is ideal.


Custom Hardcover Book Printing

Hardcover books, or case bound books, are designed by wrapping the book interior around heavy board, which can be covered in leather or cloth. The pages are glued together, making hardcover printed books very strong and durable. Our standard case bound books come in either gloss or silk (matte) laminate for no additional cost.

If you’re looking for custom book printing for your self-published work, 48 Hour Books prints bookstore-quality books, quickly, with a variety of options for custom cover designs. We print hardcover books in just five business days, making us one of the fastest hardcover printers in the world.


But we don’t sacrifice quality. Our hardcover books get personal attention. This is a partly manual process, and we employ skilled workers in our bindery. Your custom hardcover book will have cloth head and tail bands. We hand wipe each cover for a perfect finish. This personalized attention ensures a high-quality hardcover book.


Hardcover Options at 48 Hour Books

Our custom hardcover books are the result of skilled bindery operations and attention to detail.  We only use PUR adhesive, the strongest book binding adhesive available, for interior pages.

We offer covers in paper, leather, leatherette or cloth. Paper covers can be a gloss or matte finish and printed using a custom design.

With a custom hardcover book from 48 Hour Books, you also have the option to use our Diamond 3D print technique. Paper stock covers and dust jackets can be printed using our Diamond 3D options, available in foil, clear gloss, or textures. Leatherette covers can be printed with our Diamond 3D foil. Cloth and leather covers can be foil stamped and paired with a full-color dust jacket.


Custom Hardcover Book Designs

Our design services include custom cover templates. These easy-to-use templates allow you to design your cover, using one of our many InDesign templates as a base, and then personalize with images and text.

Need a designer for your book cover? We have graphic designers on our team who can customize the template you choose or create a custom book cover specifically for you. We’ll help you select fonts or color schemes and develop a cover you love.


Custom Book Printing

If you’re ready to print your self-published book, consider a hardcover print option. If you think a hardcover is the right binding for your book, 48 Hour Books can make that dream a reality.

If you have any questions during the process, our customer service team is always ready to help!


Let’s get started on your book!

Ready to print with 48 Hour Books? You’ll have a beautifully finished print project that you’ll love to share with others. Contact us today.

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C. Wulff July 24, 2023

Hello, Do you do your own printing or do you source this out to a third party?

48 Hr Books July 24, 2023

Hello! We print our books in-house at our Akron and Las Vegas locations.

Tom Palzer April 10, 2023

What’s the cost of a printed dust cover - 4-color design?

48 Hr Books April 11, 2023

Hi Tom! You can get instant pricing using our price calculator. If you continue to the next page, there are more customizations to add to your book quote, including dust jackets: https://www.48hrbooks.com/self-publishing-cost#/steps/binding

Tom Palzer April 10, 2023

I need a single hard back book cover that is 7” by 9.” Can I get a quote for the single cover and also the cost to glue/bind. Thank you. [email protected]

48 Hr Books April 11, 2023

Hi Tom! In order to print with us, we require a minimum order of 10 books. You can get instant pricing at our website: https://www.48hrbooks.com/self-publishing-cost#/steps/binding

J Gary Fox August 11, 2022

Like understand the cost to print copies of a hardcover book for a school project

48 Hr Books August 11, 2022

Hello! You can get an instant quote using our price calculator: https://www.48hrbooks.com/self-publishing-cost#/steps/binding

Thomas Hiegel June 16, 2021

I am about 2/3 finished with my next book, 150 pages 6x9. Interested in your guesstimate of price. I have a PowerPoint cover as a starting point. Hope to be ready by September Www.thomaslhiegel.com

48 Hr Books June 16, 2021

Hi Thomas! That's great! You can get instant pricing for our services using our online price calculator: https://www.48hrbooks.com/self-publishing-cost#/steps/binding If you have any questions once browsing our site and getting a quote, please call us at 800-231-0521.

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